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News Archive (2014)

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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One Church, Two Synodal Gatherings

As this issue of DignityUSA Dateline goes to press, in two cities more than 5,000 miles from each other, flights will be landing, hotels will be checked into, local hosts will undergo a final flurry of preparations as Church leaders gather to pray, deliberate, and work for the future of our Church. In Rome, Italy, this gathering will be the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, a gathering of the bishops who head most of the worlds’ national bishops’ conferences, papal advisors, and a few carefully-vetted laypeople who will work to create the agenda and foundational documents for a follow-on, larger Synod that will occur, again in Rome, a year later. This too, will be a gathering of bishops (although many more), papal advisors, and carefully-vetted laypeople.

Terror

by Jim Smith, Associate Director, DignityUSA

It only takes a split second for me to recall the terror I felt nearly every day of my teenage years. What terror? Quick, guess.

Yep, the terror of being known by my peers as a “fag.”

Are those days of terror over for kids in 2014? Don’t bet on it. There’s still a good bit of self-shame to go around, encouraged by any number of folks, including one’s peers, fellow Catholics, Catholic leaders, and the content of some of the Church’s teachings.

Remembrance of Deenie Dudley

​by Kathy Healy

Deenie Dudley, one of the Foremothers of Dignity, died suddenly on August 16, 2014 following an emergency surgery for an aortic aneurysm. Deenie was 67. A few dear friends were with her as she passed peacefully. She died as she had lived, on her own terms, making her own decisions to the end.

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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A Nation’s Tipping Point: A Time to Talk

By James and Evelyn Whitehead

Time Magazine provided the official announcement: the cover story, with a picture of Laverne Cox, transgender member of the Orange is the New Black series, declared: “The Nation’s Transition.” (June 9, 2014) In the previous months citizens of many vocations—scientists and novelists, priests and professors—were coming out as trans- gender members of society. Old prejudices were dissolving; laws of non-discrimination were multiplying.

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