VOICE OF THE FAITHFUL INC

Keep the Faith, Change the Church

aka Also referred to as VOTF   |   Needham, MA   |  http://www.votf.org

Mission

TO PROVIDE A PRAYERFUL VOICE, ATTENTIVE TO THE SPIRIT, THROUGH WHICH THE FAITHFUL CAN ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN THE GOVERNANCE AND GUIDANCE OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.

Ruling year info

2002

Executive Director

Donna B. Doucette

Chair, Board of Trustees; President

Mary Pat Fox

Main address

PO Box 920408

Needham, MA 02492 USA

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EIN

02-0631760

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (X01)

Rape Victim Services (F42)

Leadership Development (W70)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Internal Church reform and revitalization of its human institutional structure to eliminate the damages and defects that have been exposed by decades of sex abuse scandals

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Structural change

VOTF is committed to the meaningful and active engagement of the laity in the life of the Church. Areas where laity can and should be more involved include but are not limited to: bishop selection, financial transparency and accountability, lay education, child protection, restoration of the female diaconate, and removing the obstacle of clericalism.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Current focus centers on Healing Circles, a form of restorative justice. Directed by a trained facilitator, the Circles offer opportunities to begin or to continue a path towards healing, for survivors of clergy abuse, their families and friends; for members of a faith community where abuse has occurred; for those within the Catholic Church who feel the impacts of clergy sex abuse. The program is related to our Child Protection Program as well.

Population(s) Served

To increase security, transparency and integrity in the use of funds donated to the Catholic Church, VOTF publishes an annual report grading all U.S. dioceses on their financial transparency and accountability, and works with interested diocesan officials who seek to improve their transparency.

Beginning in 2022, VOTF also monitors and ranks U.S. dioceses on financial governance, specifically on how well the Diocesan Finance Councils adhere to Canon Law regarding their composition and operation.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Recognition of individual priests who make notable efforts to address survivor support and Church reform. Collaborative efforts to support pastoral work and to eliminate the barriers of clericalism for both lay and clergy. VOTF works closely with other Catholic organizations to address the barriers to clergy/lay collaboration that accrue from clericalism. We also have a strong working relationship with the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Voice of the Faithful monitors and reports on effectiveness and continued application of protection standards to which the U.S. bishops claim adherence, and we seek to educate the public on how to identify and guard against child sex abuse. We also maintain links to guidelines and abuse-reporting protocols. We maintain a database on and publish a report that ranks each U.S. diocese on the standards it sets for child protection.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

VOTF seeks full transparency and accountability in Church governance and full incorporation of lay Catholics in the life and work of the Church at every level, in accordance with the pathways illuminated via Vatican II and with special attention to the role of women in the Church. We utilize the synodal path towards reform.

Drawing on our baptismal responsibility for the life and work of the Catholic Church, VOTF supports survivors of clergy sex abuse; supports priests who are helping to heal survivors and correct institutional flaws; and works to reform governing structures so that abuse of authority does not happen again.

We aim to provide an open and safe forum for all Catholics--lay and clergy alike--to freely and respectfully discuss the challenges of our Church, regardless of their views on specific issues.

VOTF steadily offers encouragement and support to survivors of clergy sex abuse, to the disaffected and disappointed, and to the sorrowful. We offer a platform of constructive projects to address the injuries of the past and build a basis for trust for the future. We provide educational resources on the structure of the Church, on spiritual growth, and on structural accountability.

Key projects at this time are education about and participation in the Synod on Synodality; a database and annual report on published financial reports from U.S. dioceses; a database and annual report on diocesan Safe Environment practices and standards; a database and annual report on Dioesan Finance Councils in the U.S. and their adherence to canon law; a web-based mechanism for diocesan Catholics to comment on desirable traits for their next bishop; support for the restoration of ordained female deacons; Healing Circles, a model of restorative justice aimed to address wounds from the clergy-abuse scandals; and cooperative efforts with a priests' association both to address the problem of clericalism and to develop reform efforts.

The testimony of many who say, "I couldn't remain Catholic if it weren't for Voice of the Faithful" reminds us of the importance of occupying what might be called "the edge of inside" or perhaps the "edge of outside" -- keeping one foot in the camp of constructive if painful adaptive change and the other in the camp of social justice and truth. We are limited only by our financial resources.

We have successfully offered Healing Circles across the country for survivors, their families, their faith communities, and others harmed by the Roman Catholic Church's sex-abuse scandals and coverups. We maintain a repository for government and academic reports on the incidence and the causes of clergy sex abuse. Donations help finance these efforts, for which we do not charge a fee.

We provide a database of financial reports from U.S. dioceses, with tutorials on how to read their financial statements. We must continuously add to and update this database. We publish annual reports on the results. We monitor and report on the adherence of Diocesan Finance Councils in the U.S. to canon law.

We have issued the first report on Safe Environment practices for child protection in all U.S. dioceses, and will maintain a database and publish a report annually.

We address pastoral reform needs of the Church and the problems of clericalism in conjunction with a U.S. priests association. We provide guidelines for child protection, for bishop selection protocols, and for continued adult faith education. Each requires professional staff to maintain and extend to cover all requests.

We hosted multiple in-depth sessions internationally to gather lay input for the 2023 Synod on Synodality and are recognized as a lay reform organization within the Catholic Church.

Our Executive Director is the lay representative on the governing board of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests.

Financials

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VOICE OF THE FAITHFUL INC

Board of directors
as of 07/09/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mary Fox

Retired

Term: 2016 - 2023

Svea Fraser

Michael Marnik

Margaret Roylance

Elia Marnik

Patricia Gomez

John Salvati

Joe Feitleberg

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/9/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Female

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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