Six months ago Voice of the Faithful didn’t exist. Now it is one of the most turbo-charged Christian movements in the country. About 14,000 Catholics from 40 states and 21 countries have registered their support for this centrist, lay-led effort to democratize the Catholic Church. About 240 Catholic parishes—150 of them in Massachusetts—have begun or are starting a Voice of the Faithful chapter, organizers say.
Many of the new groups were started by visitors to the jam-packed and often emotional sessions that until this month were held in a church basement in the Boston suburb of Wellesley. The meetings have been part therapy session, part revival meeting and part revolutionary planning cell.