WELCOME to Voice of the Faithful - Santa Barbara Area (VOTFSBA). We are
a local chapter of the worldwide movement by the laity to share responsibility
for the well-being of our Church. We believe that we are the very body of Christ, God's
holy people. We feel that all Catholics are called to be at the table where decisions are made
as well as around the table where the Eucharist is celebrated.
The mission of VOTF is "to provide a
prayerful voice, attentive to the Spirit, through which the faithful can
actively participate in the governance and guidance of the Catholic Church."
We VOTF folks in the Santa Barbara
area have been working since 2002 to further the three
goals of the VOTF: to support those who have been abused, to support priests of integrity, and now more than ever to shape structural change within the Church. In the fall of 2013, our chapter became a constituent member of the "Catholic Church Reform" movement, a global community supporting decentralization of the Church. At that time, we scaled back our local agenda of activism.
Please explore our Web site, pray
with us, and feel free to get in touch if you live in this area and agree with our mission and goals. Finally, please have a look at our Leadership Team's Reports to appreciate the depth of concern and commitment. See our recently formulated Statement of Rights and Responsibilities of Catholics to get an idea of our developing thought on matters of Church governance.