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LCVCLay Catholic Voices for Change

. . . LCVC represents concerned West Virginia Catholics
who through independent lay involvement are working to accomplish healing from the clergy sexual and financial abuse crisis in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston
by promoting increased accountability and transparency
in our church.

If you bring your gift to the altar,

and there remember that your brother has something against you,

leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way.

First be reconciled to your brother,

and then come and offer your gift.

Matthew 5:23


     We are troubled that the scandal of clergy sex abuse in our Church has been prolonged

and perpetuated by coverups in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.

    We are also troubled by the coverup in our diocese of the former bishop Michael Bransfield’s outrageous spending.


    As lay people, we decry the crimes that have been committed. But we are forced to acknowledge that the coverups have been facilitated by our acquiescence to a culture of clericalism that has pervaded our Church.


    It is now incumbent upon us to respond to the Catechism’s teaching that

        “the laity have the right and even at times a duty to manifest to the sacred pastors

         their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church” and 

         “a right to make their opinion known to the other Christian faithful”

                        (CCC. 907)


     We must hold ourselves accountable for changing our institution so that these crimes and their coverups cannot happen again.


      We cannot leave it up to the hierarchy to tell us how it will solve this crisis. Until we resolve to to be part of the solution, there is no effective change.


      Therefore, we challenge ourselves and all Catholics in our Diocese to commit to being prayerful, informed, and involved.

from LCVC's first letter to

The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston 

with over 1,000 signatures

June 12, 2019

identity statement


We are concerned and involved

West Virginia Catholics addressing the crisis of sexual

and financial abuse

in the

Diocese of


mission statement


LCVC works to accomplish through independent

lay involvement

transparency, accountability and healing for clerical, sexual

and financial abuse

in the Diocese

of Wheeling-Charleston


In the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston LCVC

demands accountability for church sexual abuse

demands accountability for church financial abuse

effect change by promoting transparent communication

and independent lay involvement in church governance

steering committee

Frances Brownfield

Mary Ann Crowder

Allison DeGeorge

Chuck DiSalvo

Mary Ellen Koenn

Judy Pazerski

Patricia Schaeffer

Mark Switzer

...a bishop must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-willed, not quick tempered, 

not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but hospitable, a lover of what is good,

sober-minded,  just, holy, self-controlled,

holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict.

                                                                                Titus 1:7-9

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