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Faithful RevolutionHow Voice of the Faithful Is Changing the Church$
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Tricia C. Bruce

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195385847

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195385847.001.0001

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The Beginning

The Beginning

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(p.13) 1 The Beginning
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Faithful Revolution
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Tricia Colleen Bruce (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195385847.003.0001

This chapter traces the emergence and development of VOTF from a small gathering of Catholics at St. John the Evangelist parish in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts. It describes how the movement came to identify and mobilize around its three primary goals of supporting victims of abuse, supporting priests of integrity, and advocating for structural change in the Catholic Church. The chapter concludes with a description of the first VOTF convention, held in Boston, accompanied by a historic street demonstration of lay Catholics. Also coming into focus is early evidence of VOTF’s encounter with institutional authorities and the resources and boundaries posed by the movement’s positioning in the church.

Keywords:   Voice of the Faithful, movement, abuse, Catholic Church, priests, mobilization

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