"Best of the Best?"
Voice of the Faithful, a national lay Catholic reform group launched at the height of the clergy sex abuse scandal, has a membership that is deeply devoted to Catholicism but will need to recruit more active members if it wants to remain vibrant, according to academics who gathered for a symposium on the organization's future yesterday at Boston College.I can't say I'm a terribly huge fan, seeing VOTF more as a bull in a china shop than a group which actually understands the nuances of ecclesiastical governance, one able to distinguish canonical issues from doctrinal ones.
The academics based their observations on a survey the Voice of the Faithful conducted earlier this year.
The organization will use the survey, which included responses from 1,300 members nationwide, to help it develop a new action plan to broaden lay people's role in Church decisions.
Among some of the key findings praised by the group and academics yesterday:
93 percent are ''cradle Catholics," meaning worshipers raised in the Church.
2 out of 3 attend Mass at least once a week, opposed to 34 percent nationally.
8 out of 10 pray at least once a day.
Half are members of parish councils; 45 percent are on liturgy committees.
87 percent have college degrees, with six out of 10 members holding a graduate or professional degree.
Then again, if it's better to light one candle than curse the darkness, they've got this outrageously angry Boston pseudo-Catholic beat.
Tip to Jim Mac.