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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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CATHOLIC COALITION CELEBRATES SUPREME COURT DECISIONS ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY

Equally Blessed calls on Catholics to work to extend marriage equality to all states

Washington, D.C., June 26, 2013—Equally Blessed, a coalition of four Catholic organizations that have spent more than 120 years working on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families, issued the following statement on the Supreme Court rulings announced today on the Defense of Marriage Act and the state of California’s constitutional provision banning same-sex marriage:

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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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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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