Catholics Concerned over Latest Sexual Allegations Among Leaders

WHIO [Dayton OH]
September 5, 2003

DAYTON, Ohio -- Catholics say they want their church cleaned up after dealing with a number of sex scandals.

Members of the Catholic church said they want church leaders to deal with the sexual scandals involving priests including the latest ones locally involving the Rev. David Kelley and Monsignor Daniel Payter.

A group of lay members known as the Voice of the Faithful is ready to raise their voice.

The Voice of the Faithful is an organization of mainstream Catholics who are regular members, the people in the pews.

The group started as a small group in Boston, and now has affiliates in 40 states, including Dayton's chapter and they met Thursday night at St. Charles in Kettering.

They want to gain an active voice in the way the church is run and their goal to protect children and stop abuse.

Dozens of Catholics join together as the Dayton Voice of the Faithful.

On Thursday night, they held a special prayer service for the latest victims of sexual abuse by leaders and clergy members.

They're also talking about goals for their group within the church.

These Voice of the Faithful members said the leaders of the church nationally and in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati still are not taking the right approach.

They want emphatic condemnations of wrong-doing from leaders like Archbishop Pilarczyk.

Voice of the faithful members stress that they are not a group pushing for changes in church teachings, but a group of laypersons looking for an active role in policies that protect children and families and a voice in policies for personnel assignments.

The voice of the faithful now has over 30,000 members worldwide and is barely over a year old.


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