Catholic Laity


Luisa Dittrich
* Founder, Voice of the Faithful (grassroots organization begun to increase role of laity in parish decision-making)

Donna Bethell
* Chairman of the Board of Directors, Christendom College, Front Royal, Virginia (Roman Catholic liberal arts college)
* Vice Chairman of her parish council - St. Ann's Church, Washington, DC

Paul Schervish
* Professor of Sociology, Boston College, Boston, MA.
* Former, Jesuit Priest

In response to the sex abuse crisis in the Catholic church, many lay Catholics want a bigger role in major decisions affecting their parish. As U.S. Catholic Bishops meet in Dallas this week, they'll consider a proposal that expands the role of the laity. What do lay Catholics want? And how much power is the church hierarchy willing to give up?



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