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News Archive (2010)

Dear Bishop: I Wear a Rainbow Ribbon Because... Launching Advent: A Season of Hope for LGBT Youth (Watch video by clicking on link below)

To help make the pre-Christmas season of Advent a time of hope for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth, a coalition of progressive Catholic organizations has organized a massive campaign of wearing rainbow ribbons to church as a way of showing solidarity and support for young people who may be the victims of bullying or may be contemplating suicide.

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Catholics in San Antonio Pray that Archdiocese is more Welcoming

Members and supporters of Dignity/San Antonio held a prayer vigil outside the Cathedral Saturday, November 20, in advance of the installation of the new Archbishop. Nearly 100 people gathered to express sadness over the Chapter's expulsion from the parish where they hade been meeting, and to call for dialogue with the incoming Archbishop. A local TV station's coverage demonstrates support from those worshiping inside the Cathedral.

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US Catholic Bishop Elections Signal Continued Targeting of Gay, Transgender People

The leaders of Equally Blessed, a coalition of Catholics working for justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, have issued a statement expressing deep concern over the outcome of the election of new leaders for the US Catholic Bishops Conference.

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Welcome is mixed for gays on Catholic campuses

National Catholic Reporter LogoExecutive Director of DignityUSA, Marianne Duddy-Burke, is quoted several times in this article. She is incorrectly listed as Executive Director of Equally Blessed.  A sample of the article reads:

Particularly on Catholic campuses, gay students live and pursue their education in the midst of an intensifying Catholic debate over homosexuality. Acceptance of traditional church teaching that homosexual inclinations are disordered, and that same-sex marriage violates natural law, is decreasing among Catholics overall. Support for gay marriage among Catholics has now grown to 45 percent, according to the Pew Research Center.  

Gay Catholics Strongly Protest Expulsion of Dignity/San Antonio from Parish Home

October 22, 2010-Boston, MA.--DignityUSA, the nation's largest organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Catholics and our supporters, is shocked and saddened by the actions of San Antonio Auxiliary Bishop Oscar Cantu, who ordered a local parish to stop hosting a weekly Mass for gay and transgender Catholics and their families. The letter, dated October 13, 2010, ordered the liturgies to end as of October 18, 2010.

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The spiritual side of "Coming Out"

Washington Post logoThe spiritual dimension of coming out challenges faith communities to recognize and affirm this experience as an avenue of grace. For the Catholic church, which has such a rich tradition in ceremony and ritual, establishing a "rite of coming out" would be a beautiful way to affirm people who have come to this awareness. Indeed, a number of smaller denominations and religious advocacy groups have already developed such rituals.

Equally Blessed Protests Denial of Communion to Gay Supporters in Minnesota

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Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director, 617-669-7810

Jeff Stone, Director of Media Relations, 212-662-9818

October 6, 2010--Equally Blessed stands with Minnesota Catholics who are taking their support for equality into Mass by wearing a rainbow ribbon or pin. About two dozen people who wore these symbols to a Mass recently celebrated by Archbishop John C. Nienstedt were denied Communion by the Archbishop.

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EQUALLY BLESSED UNITES CATHOLIC VOICES FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY, JUSTICE

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Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director, 617-669-7810

Jeff Stone, Director of Media Relations, 212-662-9818  

WASHINGTON, DC., September 29, 2010—Four longstanding Catholic organizations announced today that they have formed Equally Blessed, a coalition of faithful Catholics who support full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people both in the church and in civil society.

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