Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Catholic Charities Board Members Reject Law's Ban on Donations from Lay Fund. (Church in Crisis)

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Catholic Charities Board Members Reject Law's Ban on Donations from Lay Fund. (Church in Crisis)

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A day after Boston Cardinal Bernard Law rejected a plan formed by lay group Voice of the Faithful in which members would make donations to Catholic Charities and other Catholic charitable programs without submitting them to the archdiocese, Catholic Charities board members criticized Law and said they should not reject such donations.

"We will not turn down any donation," Catholic Charities' spokesperson Maureen March told The Boston Globe July 23.

The archdiocese issued a statement written by Donna M. Morrissey, archdiocesan spokeswoman, issued a statement that July 22 that explained its rejection of the plan: "The archdiocese cannot accept this initiative of Voice of the Faithful, or the monies collected in this manner because it undercuts that customary means of financial support to the mission of the church in this archdiocese, which is the Cardinal's Appeal.

"This approach of donating money to the mission of the church," Morrissey said, "does not recognize the role of the archbishop and his responsibility in providing for the various programs and activities of the church."

According to the Globe, that statement elicited expressions of shock by board members at Catholic Charities who said they would support the Voice of the Faithful plan.

Catholic Charities board member and public relations specialist Geri Denterlein tom the paper, "I was surprised because it was inconsistent with what we've been saying about accepting donations from people who perhaps are not comfortable giving to the Cardinal's Appeal. …

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