Monday, October 28, 2002

A snotty AP article about VOTF and Faithful Voice in Boston. I think Russ Shaw, quoted in the article is correct:

Russell Shaw, a former spokesman for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said he believes lay people can be a positive force for change in the church, but he's been discouraged by how lay groups have developed in Boston."It's more confrontation, more divisiveness. ... (Faithful Voice) is cast in the role as the conservative answer to the liberals," he said. "We need a fresh start in Boston, and everywhere else."

The article does present Faithful Voice's specific objections (those speakers...), but lets the VOTF spokespeople off the hook, not pushing for an explanation of that specific problem.

I have to say, once again, that this why I think new leadership is really needed in Boston. New Archbishop, new auxiliaries, from outside. See what impact Dolan is having on Milwaukee - it's partly because of who he is, but partly simply because he's new to the situation and isn't bound by the past in trying to move forward.

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