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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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Work in the Vineyard

In the northeast, fall brings on colder weather. In other areas of the country, the weather may be kinder. It is time to get back to work, to focus on what we said can wait until fall. If someone asked us in June whether we could help out on a project, many of us may have said, "Could you get back to us in the fall?"

Now is the time. DignityUSA depends on all its volunteers, from its Board of Directors, committee members, and other volunteers who commit themselves to one project, which can consist of a small project or phone call, because they are an expert in their field. 

Psalms, Sex, and Shame

By Daniel Holnes, Dignity/New York

Growing up, reading the book of Psalms was always a special treat for me. It was the only book in the Bible that made me blush. So many of the poems contemplate their speaker’s struggles with faith as manifested in carnal desire and action. I would read it and hide my face so no one could see it turning red, ashamed, in a way, of what it revealed in me: the same doubts, questions, and desires King David had in his heart.

Becoming Church and Eucharist Together

By Sam Albano, DUSA Young Adult Caucus Secretary

In recent weeks, two stories from the gospels have captivated me. In the “Feeding of the Multitude,” Jesus’ disciples were confronted with hungry crowds, but had only two fish and five loaves of bread to offer them. ...  At the Last Supper, Jesus knelt down to wash the disciples’ feet and instructed them that they were now to do likewise. ... Reflecting on our recent young adult retreat, these two stories offer some insight into the meaning of this wonderful weekend.


Now that we’ve got your attention, a bit of context. This was the word used by a former Dignity member in the comment section of a DignityUSA Facebook post featuring statistics with regard to  same-sex adoptive parents. The “BS” responder was very upset with the direction he sees Dignity moving. Why all this attention to issues of equality and justice? Why not return to the good old days of our “gay community”?


Highlights of DignityUSA's History

In December, John Hager begins publication of a Monthly Memo from the officers to the membership to supplement the national newsletter and to keep members better informed of Dignity’s activities at the national level.