The “Constitution” for the Church

The “Constitution” for the Church

In its beginning stages, Voice of the Faithful had on its web site a proposed “Constitution for the Church” that would re-shape the Church according to…. well, they weren’t orthodox principles. As VOTF tried to hide its origins and foundational connections to such heterodox groups as Call to Action and Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church, it selectively removed certain incriminating pieces, including the aforementioned constitution. But it is still available on the web if you want to read it.

It’s amazing when you look at in its totality, because the church it describes is not the Catholic Church, but any number of Protestant denominations in that we have councils of delegates electing leadership and so on. If they had their way, parishes would elect pastors, diocese would elect bishops, and the pope would be elected to a 10-year term by a national delegates to a “papal election congress.” It would be hilarious if it weren’t the product of a professor of Catholic Thought & Interreligious Dialogue at Temple University. I suppose it’s not surprising. George Orwell once said, “You have to be an intellectual to believe such nonsense. No ordinary man could be such a fool.”

No matter what VOTF says, remember that this stuff is the “intellectual” foundation of their group. However much they claim to be centrist, what motivated their leaders in the beginning was a desire to reshape the Church and her doctrine according to a Protestant model. In other words, the goals were heterodox.

Written by
Domenico Bettinelli