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DignityUSA Issues Guidelines for Pastoral Carefor Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Catholics in Response to Proposed Document from U.S. Bishops

Contact Information: 

Sam Sinnett, President 
314 477-5798 (cell)


Washington, DC – DignityUSA finds the proposed document from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), "Ministry to Persons with a Homosexual Inclination: Guidelines for Pastoral Care,” to be deeply flawed. Therefore, DignityUSA has joined with some other members of Catholic Organizations for Renewal (COR) to ask the bishops not to approve any such guidelines without further consultation with the faithful – especially those LGBT Catholics who are most affected.

DignityUSA’s involvement in the pastoral care of LGBT people dates back to its founding in 1969. In 1987, DignityUSA issued its first comprehensive letter on pastoral care and is today releasing the following updated draft of this letter

Sam Sinnett, president of DignityUSA, further announced the beginning of a process to solicit feedback and comments on this draft. We encourage anyone interested in these guidelines to review and provide comments to info@DignityUSA.org (with Pastoral Care as subject) or in writing to our national office at 1500 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 8, Washington, DC, 20005, before May 15, 2007. A final version will be released at the DignityUSA biennial Convention in Austin, TX, July 5 – 8, 2007.

Vatican II and the Code of Canon Law encourage Catholic faithful to make known to their pastors items of urgent concern in which they have special competence. It is in this spirit that these guidelines are updated and this open process of comments is being begun.

DignityUSA is the nation's foremost organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Catholics, their families, friends and supporters. Founded in 1969, it is an independent nonprofit organization with members and chapters across the country.DignityUSA works for full inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in the life of the Church and Society. www.dignityusa.org