Friday, August 23, 2002

Bishop William Lori - Bridgeport, CT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport has issued a statement prohibiting Voice of the Faithful groups from "meeting in parishes or other church property" in his diocese.

Earlier this month, Bishop William Murphy, Bishop of Rockville Center, N.Y. and former vicar general of the Archdiocese of Boston, took a similar step in prohibiting members of Voice of the Faithful from meeting in a parish in his diocese.

"I have consistently supported greater involvement of the laity in the activities of the Church," Bishop Lori said in the Aug. 13 statement. "But I cannot support an organization like Voice of the Faithful which appears to promote dialogue and cooperation, but which in reality prosecutes a hidden agenda that is in conflict with the teachings of the Catholic faith."

Bishop Lori spoke after receiving a report from diocesan officials who met Aug. 12 with local proponents of Voice of the Faithful.

The bishop of Bridgeport noted that, "contrary to public statements, Voice of the Faithful espouses views similar to the international dissent movement We Are Church, including the rejection of Church teachings on sexual morality and celibacy, and a view of conscience contrary to the traditions of the Church. The leadership of Voice of the Faithful, both nationally and locally, has publicly supported We Are Church." . . . [READ MORE]

Source: "Conn. bishop bans Voice of the Faithful from Church property", by Gregory L. Tracy. The Pilot August 23, 2002.