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Roman Catholics Continue to Organize after Cardinal George's Anti-gay Comments

GLAAD Orange LogoIn the days and weeks following Cardinal Francis George of Chicago’s comparison of the LGBT community to the Ku Klux Klan, Catholics have continued to organize and speak out. Cardinal George initially made his comparison in an interview with Chicago Fox affiliate WFLD just before Christmas, but despite calls to not air the interview, WFLD aired it Christmas morning.

Many Catholics have found the Cardinal’s comments and the ensuing backlash to be an opportunity to educate the Roman Catholic hierarchy on the reality of LGBT Catholics. Dignity Chicago is one of several Dignity chapters celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. Comments like those of Cardinal George’s are one of the reasons why the prophetic call of Dignity is as important now as it was 40 years ago.

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SNAP Conference Held in Chicago

By Linda Pieczynski, Member, DignityUSA Board of Directors

“The best year ever” is how David Clohessy, National Director of The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), described the child protection movement at its annual SNAP conference held July 30-August 1, 2010, in Chicago, Illinois. In 2010, the child abuse scandal arrived on the doorstep of the Vatican with Pope Benedict XVI personally implicated in the coverup. “SNAP has been faithful to its mission: protecting the vulnerable and healing the wounded”, said Clohessy.

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DignityUSA Holds Major National Conference in Chicago

Westin Hotel, Chicago, Illinois


 With Dignity: Purifying Fire, Renewing Spirit as its theme, DignityUSA's 2001 Convention called GLBT Catholics to an examination of the impact our organization has had in over thirty years of seeking full inclusion and acceptance of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgendered persons in the life of the Roman Catholic Church and in our society.


 

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