Apart from the fact that the New York Daily News botched the name of the group, calling Voice of the Faithful, Faithful Voice, which is a completely different group, why is anyone surprised the Archdiocese of New York denied VOTF the ability to advertise in the diocesan newspaper for its conference. Did everyone forget that VOTF is a divisive, controversial group? Did the people at VOTF forget that they are at odds with the bishops? A VOTF spokesman was quoted:
“It has been a surprise to us that we have been denied access to this means of reaching our fellow Catholics in the New York area.
“And I hope that eventually the church will come to trust Catholics to make good choices about which events they want to attend.”
I see, so if a white supremacist church wanted to advertise would that be okay? How about a Catholic group that demands that wives be oppressed by their husbands based on their misinterpretation of the Scripture?
The diocesan newspaper has a duty to vet its advertisers to be sure that it’s not seen to be endorsing a group or event that is at odds with the teachings and mission of the Church. And evidently, the Archdiocese of New York thinks VOTF fits that description.