The Cape Cod Times profiles some Voice of the Faithful members. As usual, we are told how courageous they are to stand up for what they believe and how any reasonable person would join the group and applaud their goals. I especially love this quote from the new chapter’s spokeswoman:
- “It’s important for these mainstream Catholics to know that it’s all right to make a stand when they see something wrong,” she said. “It’s not just a right, it’s a tradition. Jesus did it. St. Francis of Assisi did it. And these people aren’t heretics.”
By definition, Jesus can’t be a heretic, since he’s God. And VOTF is less like St. Francis, who emphasized personal holiness as a solution to institutional problems, and more like Martin Luther, who started out wanting to reform the bad practices and ended up being co-opted by the anti-Church forces of his time and creating a schism.