The great Italian poet Dante said, “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of moral crisis remain neutral.” Dignity cannot remain true to its Statement of Position and Purpose and remain silent on issues of great concern to the women of our Church: full inclusion in all the sacraments of the Church. Today, this is increasingly being realized through the “valid but illicit” ordination of women as priests. As I write this, communities of women religious are under investigation by Rome. They largely perceive this as hostile.
The repression of the feminine (misogyny) is a key source of this theological dysfunction. It is at the core of the shaming of homosexuality and the exclusion of women from ordination. Women have been our allies in the last 40 years as we have fought for our full inclusion. They need our support and welcome now. DignityUSA suffers from what the Church does—under-representation of the feminine perspective. We are 80% male. We all recognize the problem. We all lament the lack of women, but we keep doing the same things. It is past time to do something different.
DignityUSA President Mark Matson in
"DignityUSA Adopts More Inclusie Mission Statement"
Quarterly Voice File:
- DignityUSA Adopts More Inclusive Mission Statement
- DignityUSA: Roman Catholic? LGBT-focused?
- A Manifesto! The Time Has Come!
- The “Underground Church”
- Erotic Encounter With the Divine
- Katie’s Mother: Year has been a Roller Coaster Ride
- New Neighborhood, New School, New Church: Transgender Katie and Family Doing Just Fine
- Book Review — Dignity, Dogmatism, and Same-Sex Relationships: What Science and Scripture Teach Us
- Book Review — In Jupiter's Shadow
- Pamphlet — All God's Children: Teaching Children About Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity
- Letter to a Bishop
- Study: No Link Between Gay Priests and Sex Abuse Scandal
- John Jay Researchers Offer Update On Causes And Context Study; Early Findings Confirm Steep Decline In Sexual Abuse Cases After 1985, Emphasize the Importance Of Seminary Training
- Reflections on DignityUSA Convention 2009