My mother’s parish in Maine had an interesting announcement in this week’s bulletin to the effect of: “Voice of the Faithful meetings are being held at [some parish at a certain time and date]. All Catholics who have a deep love for the Church are encouraged to attend.”
So if I don’t buy what VOTF is selling, I don’t love the Church? That’s akin to the old Catch-22 question, “When did you stop beating your wife?” It assumes a pre-existing condition and shows a bias in the questioner.
What makes the announcement worse is that it was in the parish bulletin, which most parishioners would take to be the official voice of the pastor. So is Father telling us that if we don’t support VOTF we don’t love the Church? I’m disappointed because I have found my mother’s pastor to be a generally good and orthodox priest, especially compared to the previous pastor who was always havng laypeople give homilies.