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VOTF President Mark Mullaney


in wake of mismanaged abuse case


LCWR: 'Radical Feminism' or 'Living the Gospel'
If you thought the Vatican would lessen its criticism of American nuns because our new Pope expressed a desire to improve the role of women in the Church, you were wrong. At least, so far. Pope Francis has reaffirmed the Vatican mandate against the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Here are several VOTF blog posts citing recent news stories to bring you up to date:


Argentinean Jorge Mario Bergoglio

Conclave 2013
"It's Governance - but who's the Governor?"
John Allen Jr.: Senior NCR columnist

Conclave 2013
"Dolan boost, SNAP Effect & Vatileaks"
John Allen Jr.: NCR columnist

College of Cardinals decided!
"Conclave will begin on Tuesday, March 12"
Joshua J McElwee: NCR columnist

Ratzinger, the "Green Pope"
"If You Want Peace, Protect Creation"
Tony Magliano: Justice & Peace columnist

The Ratzinger Legacy:
"The church needs shock therapy"
Ross Douthat - NY Times 3-2-2013

Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl:
"Teach truth from pulpit, then
meet people where they are"
NCR John Allen Interviews Cardinal
Entire Text of Interview

Pope Benedict Stepping Down
The 'Pope of Surprises'
VOTF Prays for Renewal
Q & A on 'Bombshell'
Benedict Bows Out: Butler Did It"
Benedict-Pope Transition

Lynn Conviction:

10 years after reforms, what's changed?

N. Y. Timothy Dolan raised to Cardinal

Richard P. McBrien: New Mass Translation

First Bishop Charged-Failed to report abuse

Boston Cardinal-New marker on abuse crisis

New Ambassador to the United States 

Encouragement if disappointed in the Church