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Press Release Archive (1997)

Boston Archdiocese Condemns Gay Conference

Priests/Deacons Ordered Not to Participate

Monday, May 12, 1997, Boston — In a letter sent to approximately 750 priests, bishops and deacons of the Archdiocese of Boston, Bishop William Murphy forbids Diocesan personnel to participate in the national convention of DignityUSA, which will be held in Boston July 10-13. Dignity is the national organization for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Catholics, their families and friends.

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Gay Catholics Respond to Bishops' Pastoral Letter to Parents of Homosexuals: Sign of Progress but More Needs to be Done

Washington, DC, October 1, 1997 — DignityUSA welcomes the pastoral letter, Always Our Children: A Pastoral Message to the Parents of Homosexual Children and Suggestions for Pastoral Ministries, issued today by the board of the U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference. This pastoral letter is a positive step and we commend the bishops for their improved sensitivity to the issues which confront parents and their lesbian and gay children, but all is not perfect," says DignityUSA Executive Director, Charles Cox.

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Lesbian and Gay Catholics Denounce Promise Keepers' Homophobia

WASHINGTON, DC, October 3, 1997 — DignityUSA denounces the demonization of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender persons promoted by the Promise Keepers, the evangelical men's movement that will hold its "Stand in the Gap" rally on the Washington Mall tomorrow.

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DignityUSA Urges Catholic Bishops to Keep Homosexual Ministry Pastoral Letter Intact and Concentrate on Implementation

Washington, DC, November 10, 1997 — DignityUSA is alarmed about efforts both inside and outside of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB) to rescind or negatively amend the October 1 pastoral letter, Always Our Children: A Pastoral Message to Parents of Homosexual Children and Suggestions for Pastoral Ministers. The Committee on Marriage and Family of the NCCB issued the statement.

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