Banned NJ Catholic Lay Group Finds Home

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25, 2004 7:08 am US/Eastern

(1010 WINS) (Jersey City) -- A New Jersey college operated by Jesuit priests will allow a banned lay reform group to meet in one of its building next month.

Voice of the Faithful -- formed in the wake of the clergy sexual abuse scandal -- recently got permission to meet at Saint Peter's College in Jersey City. The approval came even though its been banned by the Newark Roman Catholic Archdiocese, which won't allow the group on church property.

The school is in the archdiocese's boundaries but operates independently. And a college staffer who helped the group secure the meeting site says its message deserves to be heard.

Diocesan Spokesman Jim Goodness says church officials would probably not ask the college to reverse its decision. The archdiocese serves one-point-three (m) million Catholics in Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Union counties.