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Monsignor Desmond O’Connor Addresses the Reponse
of the Archdiocese of New York to the "Dallas Charter"

Tuesday, November 16, 2004
Saint Ignatius Loyola Church - Wallace Hall
980 Park Avenue (at 84th Street)
New York, NY
7:00 PM

In his role as director of priest personnel, Monsignor O’Connor will address the response of the Archdiocese of New York to the “Dallas Charter” entered into by the US Bishops in the aftermath of the sexual molestation crisis.

This response will be discussed in the context of the training that priests and others are receiving as part of the Safe Environment Program in the Archdiocese.

In a similar form last year, Doctor Paul Ward addressed a parish audience on archdiocesan programs for the laity aimed at safe guarding our children. Monsignor O’Connor will update us on Archdiocesan clerical training.

Here at Saint Ignatius we welcome the opportunity to share in dialogue with the Director of Priest Personnel. Join us for this excellent opportunity to hear the facts and to ask questions.

This lecture is open to the public and is sponsored by Saint Ignatius Loyola Church.


New England VOTF Conference
Worcester, MA
Saturday, November 13, 2004

"It's Not History, It's Time For Renewal" will be the theme of a full day conference sponsored by the New England affiliate. The conference derives its name from the words of Bishop Wilton Gregory, President of the U.S. Conference of Bishops, who summed up the Bishops' response to the John Jay Report on the clerical abuse scandal in the Catholic Church in the United States with the words, "It's History."

"By selecting this theme, we want to show the bishops and the entire Catholic Church in the United States, that the abuse scandal cannot be swept under the rug. The scandal also presents a unique opportunity for Catholics of all stripes to come together to renew and revitalize the Church, said Bob Morris, Chair of the event.

Confirmed speakers for the conference to date include Fr. Thomas Doyle, Pamela Hayes of the National Review Board, and Jason Berry, author of Lead Us Not Into Temptation: Catholic Priests and the Sexual Abuse of Children. A Priest of Integrity award will be conferred on a New England priest who has courageously stood up to the power of the institutional Church on behalf of survivors of clergy sexual abuse.



Anniversary Celebration
Fr. Thomas P. Doyle, O.P.
September 27, 2004

St. Francis Xavier Church
46 West 16th Street

Fr. Thomas P. Doyle, O.P., a canon lawyer, was the whistleblower who first called attention to the scandal of abusive priests when he was on the staff of the Apostolic Delegation in Washington. For his efforts, Doyle was fired from his job and, when he continued to testify in court cases on behalf of victims, was dismissed as an Air Force chaplain. Doyle was honored at the first "Priest of Integrity" by Voice of the Faithful at its national meeting in 2002. His story is told in the book, Lead Us Not into Temptation: Priests and Sexual Abuse of Children by Jason Berry and Gerald Renner.



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