2005-07-15 / Community

Local VOTF Members Attend Indianapolis Convocation


Father Thomas Doyle (seated) listens while Father Breslin, who is 80 years old, speaks about abuse by priests. Breslin, 80, won the “Priest of Integrity Award” from the organization. Locals say that Father Doyle warned bishops 20 years ago about sexual abuse and that it could cost the church a billion dollars in litigation.Father Thomas Doyle (seated) listens while Father Breslin, who is 80 years old, speaks about abuse by priests. Breslin, 80, won the “Priest of Integrity Award” from the organization. Locals say that Father Doyle warned bishops 20 years ago about sexual abuse and that it could cost the church a billion dollars in litigation.Norma Wilson, who wrote a book entitled “The Church That Would Not Die,” about her confrontations with church officials (left) with Kiernan. Norma Wilson, who wrote a book entitled “The Church That Would Not Die,” about her confrontations with church officials (left) with Kiernan. Two local women, Mary Kiernan and Vera Powers, represented Rockaway at a recent convocation of the Voice Of The Faithful (VOTF) in Indianapolis, Indiana recently. VOTF is described as a “grassroots movement formed in response to the clergy sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church.” More than 500 people attended the convocation, many of them survivors of abuse.Pictured, David Clohesy, the National Coordinator for the Survivors Network of Those Abused By Priests (SNAP), left, with Vera Powers (center) and Mary Kiernan.Two local women, Mary Kiernan and Vera Powers, represented Rockaway at a recent convocation of the Voice Of The Faithful (VOTF) in Indianapolis, Indiana recently. VOTF is described as a “grassroots movement formed in response to the clergy sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church.” More than 500 people attended the convocation, many of them survivors of abuse.Pictured, David Clohesy, the National Coordinator for the Survivors Network of Those Abused By Priests (SNAP), left, with Vera Powers (center) and Mary Kiernan.At right: Pictured, at the convocation, from left, David Clohessy (National Coordinator, SNAP), Peggy Cashman (VOTF, Larchmont), Darbara Blaine (SNAP), Vera Powers, Mary Kiernan and Sr. Sabina Santana (VOTF, Indianapolis).At right: Pictured, at the convocation, from left, David Clohessy (National Coordinator, SNAP), Peggy Cashman (VOTF, Larchmont), Darbara Blaine (SNAP), Vera Powers, Mary Kiernan and Sr. Sabina Santana (VOTF, Indianapolis).

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