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Press Release Archive (2002)

Vatican Remarks on Gay Priests, Sexual Abuse Condemned

 

Leaders of DignityUSA today condemned statements by Vatican spokesman Dr. Joaquin Navarro-Valls in which he blamed clergy sexual abuse on gay priests. Navarro-Valls was quoted in the March 3, 2002 The New York Times as saying that "People with these inclinations just cannot be ordained," and likening their ordination to a marriage that could be annulled.

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Gay Catholics Challenge Pope, Cardinals on Rome Meeting

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

As leaders of the American Catholic Church prepare for their extraordinary meeting with Pope John Paul II to discuss the clergy sexual abuse scandal, the leading organization of gay Catholics wrote to them, with their thoughts about what those talks should include. The thirteen American Cardinals, including embattled Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston, have been summoned to Rome for meetings on this topic April 23-24.

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DignityUSA Addresses Priest Sex Abuse Scandal

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

 Washington, DC, April 8, 2002 — The Board of Directors of DignityUSA, the nation's largest organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered (GLBT) Catholics, met here this weekend and devoted much of its meeting to issues raised by the clergy sex abuse scandal unfolding in the Catholic Church. The following statement was issued at the conclusion of the Dignity Board's deliberations.

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Gay Catholics Welcome Archdiocese's Clarification of Remarks about Gay Priests

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Jeff Stone, 212-662-9088
Brendan Fay, 718-721-2780

New York, April 23 — Dignity/New York, the local chapter of DignityUSA, commends the Archdiocese of New York for its quick action in clarifying the comments made by Monsignor Eugene Clark in his homily at Saint Patrick's Cathedral on Sunday, April 21, 2002. Monsignor Clark's homily seemed to blame the current clergy sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church on gay priests.

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Gay Catholics Respond to Draft of Bishops’ Policy on Sexual Abuse

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Marianne Duddy 617-361-9512;
617-669-7810 (cell)
Mary Louise Cervone 215-719-5379 (pager)

Applaud De-Linking Homosexuality and Abuse

June 4, 2002—DignityUSA, the nation’s foremost organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Catholics, reacted with cautious optimism to today’s release of the US Catholic Bishops Conference draft policy on sexual abuse of minors. The document contained no mention of sexual orientation as a factor in leading to the abuse, contrary to earlier statements from the Conference President Bishop Wilton Gregory, and Cardinals Bevilacqua, George and Gregory, among other Church leaders.

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Law’s Comments on Same-Sex Unions Called “Offensive & Unacceptable”

Group Launches Campaign to Document Catholic Experiences of Gay Commitment Ceremonies

Leaders of the only Catholic group to routinely perform same-sex union ceremonies spoke out today about Boston Cardinal Bernard Law’s instructions to World Youth Day participants to boycott such rituals. DignityUSA, the country’s largest group of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Catholics and their families, has offered same-sex unions, also called Holy Unions, Commitment Ceremonies and Same-Sex Weddings, to its members throughout its 33-year history.

DignityUSA Responds to Closure of Archdiocesan Gay Ministry in Los Angeles

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Marianne Duddy, 617-361-9512 617-669-7810 (Cell)
Patrick McArron, 619-865-4702 (Cell)

September 20, 2002 — DignityUSA, the national organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Catholics, their families, friends and supporters, today expressed profound sadness at the closure of the Los Angeles Archdiocese Ministry to Lesbian and Gay Catholics.

Latest Vatican Attack on Gay Priests, Seminarians Called “Flawed Theology”

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Marianne Duddy, 617-361-9512, 617-669-7810 (Cell)
Patrick McArron, 619-865-4702 (Cell)

Gay Catholics Applaud Jesuit Journal for Article by Supportive Bishop

September 23, 2002 —"Father Baker’s attack on gay priests and seminarians is flawed theology and grossly outdated psychology." That is the reaction from leaders of DignityUSA, the organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Catholics, to an article published in the Sept 30th edition of the Jesuit magazine America.

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