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News Archive (2012)

Lesbian Catholic Columnist Jamie Manson Shares her Faith

In the first session of a new vidoe-conference series called Queer Catholic Faith, sponsored by DignityUSA, noted National Catholic Reporter columnist Jamie Manson reflects on her spiritual roots, being part of a Church where she has experienced both rejection and profound hope, and the sacredness of the everyday. To view and hear this conversation, click here.

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Gay Catholic Leaders Applaud Priest’s Removal from Ministry, Repeat Calls for Dialogue with Church Leaders

March 10, 2012. DignityUSA and Dignity/Washington, DC today applauded the Archdiocese of Washington, DC for suspending Father Marcel Guarnizo from all ministry within the Archdiocese. In a letter to priests, Vicar General Barry C. Knestout cited “intimidating behavior toward parish staff and others that is incompatible with proper priestly ministry” as the reason for the suspension. Father Guarnizo recently refused Communion to Barbara Johnson during her mother’s funeral because she is a lesbian.

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DignityUSA and the Women of Dignity Sponsor Gathering for Catholic Women

DignityUSA, the Women of Dignity, and WATER, the Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual, are sponsoring Our Bodies/Our Spirits: Seasons of Catholic Lesbian Lives. This retreat and community-building gathering for women will be held May 4-6, 2012 at Techny Towers, in Techny, IL, just outside of Chicago. For more information and to register, please download the attached file or register online. Scholarships are available.

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A THIRD CATHOLIC GOVERNOR SIGNS MARRIAGE EQUALITY INTO LAW

Equally Blessed praises O’Malley, says all God’s children must be treated with respect

 MARCH 1—Equally Blessed, a coalition of Catholic groups that support equality for LGBT people in the church and wider society, released this statement today on the signing of marriage equality legislation in the state of Maryland:

"We are deeply gratified that Governor Martin O’Malley has joined fellow Catholic governors Andrew Cuomo of New York and Christine Gregoire of Washington in signing marriage equality legislation into law.

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Catholics Stand Behind St. Louis Music Teacher Fired for Planning Same-Sex Wedding

February 29, 2012. Leaders of DignityUSA, the national organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Catholics (LGBT) are deeply saddened, but not surprised, to hear of yet another gifted, well-loved, gay Catholic employee being fired for being in love. Upon learning that the music teacher, Al Fischer, was to be married in New York to Charlie Robin, his partner of 20 years, the St. Louis Archdiocese pressured leaders at St. Ann's Parish and School to fire him. 

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Gay Catholics Condemn Priest’s Denial of Communion to Lesbian during Mother's Funeral

February 28, 2012.A Gaithersburg, MD priest’s decision to deny Communion to a woman during her mother’s funeral because he heard she lived with another woman is being strongly condemned by DignityUSA, the nation’s largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Catholics. Father Marcel Guarnizo reportedly refused to give Barbara Johnson Communion and told her, in the Communion line, the reason for his decision. He also left the altar during Ms. Johnson's tribute to her mother and refused to attend the graveside service and deliver the final prayers.

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Catholics Support Marriage Equality in Maryland

Members of Equally Blessed, a Catholic Coalition seeking justice for LGBT people in our church and in society, sent the following letter to members of the Maryland House of Delegates on February 16, 2012.

 Dear Delegate,

As Catholics, we value our faith tradition that calls us to speak on behalf of the marginalized and create a church and a society in which all God’s children are welcomed. We are called to live together, ever keeping before us the charge to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with our God, as called for in Micah 6:8.

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