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LGBT Catholics Disappointed by Final Synod Report

October 18, 2014. DignityUSA is deeply disappointed in the final report out of the Synod on the family. “The respectful language of the midterm report is gone,” said Marianne Duddy-Burke, DignityUSA’s Executive Director. “A return to what we’ve heard for decades will dishearten LGBT people, same-sex couples, and our families.

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Dignity in the News: The Midterm Report from the Extraordinary Synod on the Family

Here is a sampling of the media work done by Dignity spokespeople across the country between Oct. 13-15, 2014.

Marianne Duddy-Burke in piece from Religion News Service Rome Bureau (ran internationally as well as in major US news outlets including Washington Post, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, etc.) http://www.religionnews.com/2014/10/10/vatican-debate-gays-provokes-strong-reaction-corners/

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One Church, Two Synodal Gatherings

As this issue of DignityUSA Dateline goes to press, in two cities more than 5,000 miles from each other, flights will be landing, hotels will be checked into, local hosts will undergo a final flurry of preparations as Church leaders gather to pray, deliberate, and work for the future of our Church. In Rome, Italy, this gathering will be the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, a gathering of the bishops who head most of the worlds’ national bishops’ conferences, papal advisors, and a few carefully-vetted laypeople who will work to create the agenda and foundational documents for a follow-on, larger Synod that will occur, again in Rome, a year later. This too, will be a gathering of bishops (although many more), papal advisors, and carefully-vetted laypeople.

Terror

by Jim Smith, Associate Director, DignityUSA

It only takes a split second for me to recall the terror I felt nearly every day of my teenage years. What terror? Quick, guess.

Yep, the terror of being known by my peers as a “fag.”

Are those days of terror over for kids in 2014? Don’t bet on it. There’s still a good bit of self-shame to go around, encouraged by any number of folks, including one’s peers, fellow Catholics, Catholic leaders, and the content of some of the Church’s teachings.

Publications

Quarterly Voice

DignityUSA thanks the Whiteheads for writing these thought-provoking, hopeful essays on Transgender Spirituality, a topic that challenges the boundaries of traditional Catholic thinking and one that speaks to the very core of DignityUSA’s mission. Special thanks are due to DignityUSA Secretary, Mary Kaye Radtke, for her professional photos. Three of the essays are compiled herein; three more will be featured in the next issue of QV.

Leo N. Egashira,
DignityUSA Publications Committee Chair

Highlights of DignityUSA's History

1986
On May 16-19, Dignity/Canada/Dignite holds its first national conference in Montreal. All four Dignity officers (Jim Bussen, Elinor Crocker, Jim Pilarski and Tom Cunningham) attend along with John Hager, Immediate Past-President.