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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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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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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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Equally Blessed laments Pope’s disparagement of LGBT people, families

Coalition of four Catholic groups offers “healthier, godly” vision of human family

WASHINGTON, D. C., December 21--Pope Benedict XVI and the Vatican bureaucracy have released a number of troubling statements in recent days disparaging lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and speaking against their right to be treated fairly in civil society.

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CATHOLIC COALITION CELEBRATES HISTORIC NIGHT FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY

Equally Blessed asks Bishops to Abandon Misguided Appoach to LGBT Issues

 Equally Blessed, a coalition of four Catholic groups that work on behalf of equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the church and the wider society released this statement on yesterday’s election.

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