“Advice for Philly’s new archbishop: Listen to the people,” by Ronnie Polaneczky, Philadelphia Daily News Columnist, July 19, 2011
Excerpt from article linked above:
“Susan Matthews wants more than a verbal sit-down with Chaput. After offering him a welcoming cheesesteak, Matthews – who attended Philly parish and archdiocesan schools and whose young children are enrolled in Catholic elementary schools – would demand that the Archdiocese establish a lay advisory board.
“We need to become part of church leadership,” says Matthews, co-administrator, with Kathy Kane, of “Catholics4Change.” It’s a much-read local blog (nearly 110,000 hits since its February launch) calling for reform and strong collaboration between those who sit at archdiocesan headquarters and those who sit in the pews.
If a lay advisory board existed, there would be no need for the three-point “to do list” that Matthews and Kane call for on their blog:
* Protect the children of the Archdiocese.
* End the clericalism that isolates the church from its people.
* Give every sex-abuse victim a chance to receive justice.
“There are two types of Catholics” in Philly, says Matthews. “There are the very apathetic, autopilot Catholics whose numbers are dwindling. And there are the very disheartened souls who are crushed and heartbroken by the church – and they are flat-out walking away. Especially the younger ones. We believe in God. But the time has come to say we can be faithful without being fools.”
“It Won’t Be Rigali: Part 2,” by Natalie Pompilio, Philadelphia Daily News, July 19, 2011
Excerpt from above linked article:
“Susan Matthews, local writer and publisher of Catholics4change.com, said she was excited that there was an opportunity to have “meaningful conversation” with the Archdiocese.
“From what I’ve read and been told, Chaput is a very hands-on leader,” said Matthews, a former editor with the Catholic Standard and Times. “He’s an administrator who takes complete responsibility, and it’s not going to be, ‘Oh, the people under me handled that.’ That’s been Rigali’s style.”
What will be of concern to her readers, she said, is Chaput’s position that the statute of limitations should remain on sex-abuse cases. One of the February grand jury recommendations was to abolish the statute of limitations for all civil and criminal sexual offenses against minors.”