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.
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