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LGBT Catholics Disappointed by Final Synod Report

October 18, 2014. DignityUSA is deeply disappointed in the final report out of the Synod on the family. “The respectful language of the midterm report is gone,” said Marianne Duddy-Burke, DignityUSA’s Executive Director. “A return to what we’ve heard for decades will dishearten LGBT people, same-sex couples, and our families.

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Dignity in the News: The Midterm Report from the Extraordinary Synod on the Family

Here is a sampling of the media work done by Dignity spokespeople across the country between Oct. 13-15, 2014.

Marianne Duddy-Burke in piece from Religion News Service Rome Bureau (ran internationally as well as in major US news outlets including Washington Post, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, etc.) http://www.religionnews.com/2014/10/10/vatican-debate-gays-provokes-strong-reaction-corners/

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An Open Letter to the Members of St. Leo the Great Parish, Lewiston, Montana

                The Body of Christ in your parish has suffered a great wound. The removal of Paul Huff and Tom Wojtowick from their parish ministry roles because they got married has torn your community, and put you on the front lines of the struggles for justice in our Church.

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DignityUSA Protests Role of Msgr. Tony Anatrella in Extraordinary Synod on Family, Calls for His Removal

Boston, MA. September 10, 2014. DignityUSA, the nation’s leading organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Catholics and allies, is outraged that Msgr. Tony Anatrella has been appointed as one of the “Collaborators of the Special Secretary” at the upcoming Extraordinary Synod on the Family, a worldwide meeting of Catholic Church officials that will set the agenda for the full Synod on the Family that will take place in 2015.

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LGBT Catholics Find Vatican Document on Family Synod 'Disappointing'

IT SHOWS NO OPENNESS TO CHANGE IN HURTFUL TEACHINGS

 

June 26, 2014. Boston, MA. Leaders of DignityUSA, the leading organization of LGBT Catholics and their allies and family members, called the “Instrumentum Laboris” released by the Vatican in advance of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family “extremely disappointing.” They said the document demonstrates a failure to understand the extent of the problems with official Church teaching on issues of sexuality and family life, and misinterprets the substantial input given by Catholics around the world.

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Pope Expresses "Breathtaking" Openness to Possibility of Support for Same-Sex Civil Unions says Catholic Gay Group

~~Boston, MA. March 5, 2014. In an interview with the Italian daily Corriere della Sera, published March 5, Pope Francis made groundbreaking statements that suggest the possibility of support from the Vatican for civil unions between same-sex couples. In general, the Vatican and Catholic bishops around the world have previously attacked the notion of civil unions, along with same-sex marriage.

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16,000 U.S. Catholics Respond to Pope Francis' Call for Input on Family Issues

In November 2013 fifteen U.S. Catholic organizations responded to the Vatican’s call for bishops globally to survey Catholics on family issues.  While bishops’ conferences throughout Europe and Asia made their surveys public, the U.S. bishops put forth no unified effort to survey the laity. 

The online questionnaire was completed by more that 16,000 Catholics in English and Spanish, and inspired a similar survey used in Ireland.

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Gay Catholics tell Cardinal Dolan to Stop the Culture Wars

Boston, MA, December 2, 2013.

During Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s Thanksgiving weekend appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press, the Archbishop of New York claimed that the Catholic Church has been “caricatured” as being anti-gay, and that it has been “out-marketed” on same-sex marriage by “forces like Hollywood and politicians”. He also compared the same-sex marriage debate to Roe v. Wade, noting that the issue continues to be divisive 40 years after the Supreme Court ruling.

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LGBT Catholics Support Pope's Call for Day of Prayer for Peace

Dignity Communities Urged to Echo this Prayer during Weekend Gatherings

Boston, MA. September 4, 2013. DignityUSA and its member communities across this nation deeply grieve the horror experienced among the Syrian people because of the use of chemical weapons. We deplore the violence the civil war in Syria has unleashed, and we join Pope Francis in his call for peace through prayer and fasting on Saturday, September 7th. His words tremble with passion: “[W]e want a peaceful world, we want to be men and women of peace, and we want in our society, torn apart by divisions and conflict, that peace break out! War never again! Never again war!”

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World Youth Day Gets Splash of Rainbow Colors

The following story on our World Youth Day pilgrims appeared in the Athens (Ohio) NEWS
http://www.athensnews.com/ohio/article-40387-world-youth-day-gets-splash...

OU LGBT Center director attends global event as part of advocacy team

By Erica Mowry

One of the individuals responsible for organizing a recent pilgrimage to Brazil to relay a pro-LGBT message is the recently appointed director of Ohio University's LGBT Center, 31-year-old Delfin Bautista.

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