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In recognition of Marianne Duddy-Burke

In their latest issue, Boston Spirit, an LGBT magazine in Massachusetts published a list of the top 25 LGBT Power Players of New England. Publisher David Zimmerman and editor James Lopata presented the list with the question: "Are there true 'leaders' of the community these days? Have we come so far that we no longer need the bold, outspoken, aggressive leaders of the past?” Mr. Lopata goes on to say "Power does not reside in people or things, rather, it flows through them, like water in riverbeds - pooling in places, surging in others." Don't we know that! 

Reflecting on the Pope's Comments

I am writing this in the wake of Pope Francis’ eventful visit to the Philippines. The Pope’s warning against “ideological colonization” and his apparent characterization of same-sex marriage as a threat to the family were shocks to many of our members. DignityUSA issued a strongly worded response, and several of you took the time to share your own reaction. The sense of being let down by the comments was prevalent. One reader said he’d had a statue of the Pope out as a sign of hope, but put it in the back of a closet

Gay Catholics “Disturbed and Disappointed” by Pope’s Remarks in Philippines,

Strongly Differ with his Suggestion that Support for Gay Marriage is “Ideological”

Boston, MA, January 16, 2015 “DignityUSA is disturbed and disappointed by Pope Francis’ remarks in the Philippines referring to support for same-sex marriage as ‘ideological colonization…that is trying to destroy the family,’” said the organization’s Executive Director, Marianne Duddy-Burke.  “Especially in light of the more welcoming and sensitive tone on LGBT issues that the Pope has taken over the past two years, it is disconcerting to hear a phrase that is a hallmark of extreme right-wing religious leaders and politicians coming from the leader of the Catholic Church.  We hope that these recent remarks do not represent a resurgence of anti-marriage equality activity from the Vatican and the world’s Catholic bishops, just a short time after the Pope seemed to discourage such activity in the United States and elsewhere.

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Quarterly Voice

DignityUSA thanks the Whiteheads for writing these thought-provoking, hopeful essays on Transgender Spirituality, a topic that challenges the boundaries of traditional Catholic thinking and one that speaks to the very core of DignityUSA’s mission. Special thanks are due to DignityUSA Secretary, Mary Kaye Radtke, for her professional photos. Three of the essays are compiled herein; three more will be featured in the next issue of QV.

Leo N. Egashira,
DignityUSA Publications Committee Chair

Highlights of DignityUSA's History

On October 2, Bishops Thomas Gumbleton and Joseph Imesch of the Detroit Archdiocese send Brian McNaught a letter which says in part that the Catholic Church has "a serious obligation to root out structures and attitudes that discriminate against the homosexual as a person. We will exert our leadership in behalf of this effort. We hope for your continued cooperation with us in trying to achieve this goal." In the December issue of the newsletter, Paul Diederich sums up Dignity’s 1974 accomplishments as follows:
"… we have grown from nine chapters to over thirty, our membership has tripled and then some, we’ve reached the consciousness of our Church on a number of occasions, in New York and Detroit especially. Dignity has achieved affiliation with the Salvatorian Gay Ministry Task Force, and with Acceptance, Australia’s organization for Gay Catholics. Our communications with other Gay groups, religious and secular, has been vastly enhanced. It has been a good year."