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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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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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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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A Statement from DignityUSA on the Abuse of Authority and Trust in the Catholic Church

By Pat McArron, President, DignityUSA

At its fall meeting, October 4-6, 2002, in Washington, DC, the DignityUSA National Board of Directors took up the challenge of a very full agenda. In addition to passing a budget for the 2002-2003 fiscal year, the directors discussed several important issues facing Catholic GLBT persons. Among those issues are the tragic scapegoating of gay men in the current sexual abuse scandal, the lack of self-accountability on the part of many bishops, and the overall abuse of authority and trust.

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A Church Worthy of Our Children

A joint statement of member organizations of Catholic Organizations for Renewal (COR) concerning the sexual abuse policy of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Forty years ago the Second Vatican Council opened the windows and doors of the Church and touched the heart of the world. Thirty years ago, reform organizations of Catholics in America came into being, seeking to keep alive the promise of that Council. Ten years ago, Catholic Organizations for Renewal (COR) gathered reform groups into a national forum for dialogue and decision.

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Letter from DignityUSA President Patrick T. McArron to Bishop Wilton D. Gregory, President, US Conference of Catholic Bishops

Bishop Wilton D. Gregory
President, US Conference of Catholic Bishops
3211 4th Street, N.E.
Washington, DC 20017-1194

October 23, 2002

Dear Bishop Gregory,

I am writing to share with you some of my thoughts and concerns regarding the current situation of sexual abuse.

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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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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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Gay Catholics Call on Bishops to Resign

Dallas, June 12, 2002 — DignityUSA president Mary Louise Cervone, in Dallas for the meeting of American Bishops, had harsh words for church leaders as new revelations of widespread cover-up and conspiracy surfaced.

"It is time for every bishop and cardinal, who knowingly harbored a child abuser, to resign," Cervone said. The Dallas Morning News today reported that at least 111 of 178 bishops, of whom eight are cardinals, kept accused priests working in their dioceses.

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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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