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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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DignityUSA Executive Director Witnesses at Prayer Service Prior to Supreme Court Hearings on Prop 8 and DOMA

Marianne Duddy-Burke was asked to provide a Catholic witness at an Interfaith Prayer service held at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral in Boston, MA on March 25, 2013, on the eve of Supreme Court hearings on Proposition 8 and DOMA. Below is her testimony:

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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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Dignity/Chicago President: What the Papal Election means for LGBT Catholics

In an interview during the Papal Conclave, Dignity/Chicago President Chris Pett talked with WGN Radio's Turi Ryder about qualities we'd like to see in a new Pope, the faith of LGBT Catholics, and the work of creating inclusive community.

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DignityUSA Executive Director Speaks for Catholic Reform Groups about Conclave

Washington, DC. March 8, 2013.

In conjunction with its semi-annual meeting, Catholic Organizations for Renewal, a leadership group of organizations working for reform and renewal in the Catholic Church, held a press conference to discuss the upcoming selection of a new Pope. DignityUSA's Executive Director led off the event with the following statement:

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Gay Catholics Respond to Pope’s Impending Resignation

Call for a Leader who will Listen, Reconcile

Boston, MA, February 11, 2013. DignityUSA, the nation’s largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Catholics, responded to the news that Pope Benedict XVI will resign at the end of February with the following statement:

Like all Catholics, we appreciate that Pope Benedict put the needs of the Church first in determining he is no longer able to meet the demands of his position. We wish him a peaceful retirement.

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