The e-mail from VOTF reported that …
Voice of the Faithful members in southwest Florida are no longer allowed to hold their annual VOTF mass at the local Catholic church. The pastor spread a message that the Eucharist was “so scared that the Voice of the Faithful would compromise it.”
Scared? That caught my eye. VOTF approached St John the Evangelist Parish in Naples, Florida for their meeting and Mass. Obvious typo perhaps, but maybe someone other than Jesus is scared of this group:
(Father John) Ludden’s message was that the Eucharist was “so sacred that the Voice of the Faithful would compromise it.”
Ah! “Sacred.” That makes more sense, but not much, really. VOTF, no doubt, gets a lion’s share of publicity it wouldn’t have otherwise received. Seven years after the Law meltdown, VOTF meetings get as much press as the Knights of Columbus in the secular media. Father Ludden denied sending the message with those words when contacted by the Naples Daily News. I wonder what that’s about.
Think about those weeks of delay in getting back to the VOTF folks. You might consider that if clerical leadership was really concerned about “speaking the truth,” they would zip off a reply right away, “sacred” or “scared” or whatever. The hierarchy’s more frequent tactic seems to be wishing that the whole problem would just disappear. Meanwhile, the rest of us are left to wonder: is the silence due to avoidance, or to incompetence (of losing a request), or just a passive-aggressive approach to communication?