Roman Catholic lay group allowed to meet in Brooklyn churches

Posted: Friday, May 09, 2003

NEW YORK (AP) The Brooklyn diocese has lifted a ban on a Roman Catholic lay group that seeks reforms in the wake of church sexual scandals, allowing it to meet on church property.

Bishop Thomas Daily reversed the ban on the local chapter of the Voice of the Faithful organization. The past six months the group had met in a college room, a Baptist church and an American Legion hall.

Voice organized last year in Boston in response to allegations of sex abuse by priests there. Since then, chapters have sprouted across the country. Several bishops have banished it from parish property.

A new Voice chapter held its first meeting this week in Louisville, Ky., where about 250 lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by priests are pending.

The Louisville Archdiocese said it encourages all groups who wish to support victims of abuse and who wish to help the church as it works to heal the pain of this crisis.''

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