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Press Release Archive (2002)

Solidarity Sunday 2002 Dedicated to Victims of Clergy Sexual Abuse, Gay Priests

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Marianne Duddy, 617-669-7810 (cell)

October 3, 2002 — DignityUSA has announced that this year’s commemoration of Solidarity Sunday will be dedicated to all victims of sexual abuse by priests, especially the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered victims. In addition, participants are asked to express their support for the many gay priests honorably serving God’s people.

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Gay Catholics Call on Bishops to “Stop Blaming Gay Priests” at US Catholic Bishops Conference

DignityUSA, the nation's oldest and foremost organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered Catholics and our families will kick off our "STOP BLAMING GAY PRIESTS" campaign during the meeting of the US Catholic Bishops Conference, November 10 - 13, 2002 in Washington, DC. Events include:

November 11, 2002

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Bishops Use Communion as Weapon Against Gays

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Marianne Duddy
617-669-7810 cell

US Catholic Bishops Meeting, Washington, DC — US Catholic bishops have been using the Eucharist and other sacraments of the church as weapons against gay and lesbian Catholics for decades, according to leaders of DignityUSA. The statement came after three Catholics who had spent the day protesting outside the bishops' meeting with the gay rights group Soulforce were denied Communion at the Bishops' Mass at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on November 11, 2002.

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Catholic Groups Say to Bishops: “We are Here to Pursue an Agenda of Justice”

 A Statement by Catholic Reform Groups

This statement is attributed to the coalition of organizations and individuals listed below:

"We, the representatives of leading Catholic organizations, are again gathering at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops meeting to express our love and concern for our church and all those who have suffered from its abuses.

Our message to the bishops is a simple one: We are the church. We are not outsiders and will not stand idly by as our church suffers through its current scandal.

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