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Catholic Church Unfriendly to LGBT people? No--Living a Split Reality

(Originally published on Huffington Post, June 17, 2013)

A new Pew Research Center study provides an abysmal assessment of the Catholic Church for those of us who value LGBT inclusion in our faith communities. In a study of 1,197 LGBT adults released on June 13, 2013, 79 percent of those questioned rated Catholicism as "unfriendly" to LGBT people. Only 4 percent view our church as "friendly."

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Dignity Convention Highlighted in Premiere Minnesotal Gay Magazine

Minneapolis-based DignityUSA Program Manager Jim Smith shares his thoughts on having the organization's convention in the Twin Cities.

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Queer and Dignified…and Catholic. Huh?

By Lavender June 13, 2013  By Jim Smith

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DignityUSA Executive Director quoted in National Catholic Reporter story on same-sex marriage

National Catholic Reporter looks at the role of Catholics in efforts to attain marriage equality.

States propel push toward same-sex marriage

Brian Roewe    |  Jun. 14, 2013

Ahead of two much-anticipated Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage, advocates for marriage equality saw momentum building in public opinion and recent policy changes, while the U.S. bishops have made defense of traditional marriage a major theme for their second Fortnight for Freedom.

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Chicago Gay Catholics React to Pope Francis

A number of Dignity/Chicago members are quoted in this article from the Windy City Times.

Local Gay Catholics react to Pope Francis
by Chuck Colbert, Keen News Service
2013-04-03

"Cautiously optimistic" and "toned-down rhetoric" are some overarching observations as local LGBT Catholics take measure of the new pontiff, Pope Francis, the former cardinal archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jorge Mario Bergoglio.

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An Open Letter to Cardinal Timothy Dolan from Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Catholics and Family Members

 

In media interviews given on Easter Sunday, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, who also serves as President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, said that the Catholic Church should be more open to gay and lesbian people (bisexual and transgender people were not mentioned). He said "I love you, and God loves you." When pressed about what could be done to make lesbian and gay people more welcome, the Cardinal said he did not know. Below is DignityUSA's response.

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Dignity in the News: Reaction to Pope Francis

DignityUSA and local Chapter leaders were sought for comment following the Conclave that resulted in Pope Francis becoming the head of the Roman Catholic church. Below is a sampling of this coverage.

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Jeff Stone on NY Times video: http://www.nytimes.com/video/2013/03/14/us/100000002117646/papal-expectations.html?ref=romancatholicchurch#100000002117646

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LGBT Catholics offer Prayers, Caution for New Pope

Boston, MA, March 13, 2013. DignityUSA Executive Director Marianne Duddy-Burke has made the following statement on the election of Pope Francis:

“We join our fellow Catholics in praying for the ministry and leadership of Pope Francis.  We applaud the cardinals for their recognition of the rising energy of the Catholic Church in the global South and the new possibilities and perspectives that may come from that region.

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