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Sunday, January 7, 2007

Five years speaking out for Voice of the Faithful

WELLESLEY

Leo Troy recalls five years ago when the pastor of his church invited parishioners to the front pews to discuss revelations that the Boston Archdiocese had covered up decades-long abuses by pedophile priests.

The Roman Catholic church, he said, didn't usually air its problems publicly. So along with feeling angry because of the scope of the abuse, Troy also felt empowered.

"It really moved a lot of people to talk about it more," he said. "It's a worldwide problem. That's why this organization came together."

Voice of the Faithful is marking its fifth anniversary this weekend. What started as a handful of outraged parishioners at St. John the Evangelist Church in Wellesley has grown to an international organization that claims tens of thousands of members, the AP reports.

-- AP

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