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Press Release Archive (2006)

DignityUSA Responds to “Deus Caritas Est”

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Debbie Weill
202-861-0017 (office)
202-725-5894 (cell)

Pope Benedict XVI's first encyclical letter asks Church to extend true charity to gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders

Washington, DC — DignityUSA applauds Pope Benedict’s vision of universal love and calls on the Church to extend God’s love and enlightened competent charitable service to gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders.

DignityUSA and Dignity/Boston Decry Decision on Adoption

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Debra Weill, DignityUSA

Boston, MA and Washington DC—The leaders of Dignity/Boston and DignityUSA, groups representing gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Catholics and allies, spoke out against pressure brought by Catholic leaders forcing an end to the involvement of Catholic Charities of Boston in adoption.

DignityUSA responds to Vatican statement challenging the acceptance of gays and lesbians while announcing theme for World Peace Day

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Debbie Weill 
Executive Director

Vatican communique claims the growing acceptance of gays and lesbians threatens the human desire for peaceful coexistence

Virginia Bishops Accused of Misleading Catholics on Same Gender Marriages

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Stephen McDonnell
President, Dignity/Washington Board of Directors
Cell: 202-714-1811


Washington, D.C. October 17, 2006 —Dignity/Washington issued an open letter to Bishop Paul S. Loverde of Arlington and Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo of Richmond that accuses the bishops of hurting, misleading and creating division among their church members by their recent pastoral letter against the proposed Virginia constitutional amendment to ban same gender marriages.

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Executive Director Steps Down

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Washington, DC – Debra Weill has stepped down from the position of DignityUSA executive director effective October 8, 2006, upon mutual agreement with the DignityUSA board of directors, announced Sam Sinnett, president of DignityUSA.

“We are grateful for Debbie’s service to DignityUSA and her commitment to the goals of equality and inclusion for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Catholics in the church and society,” said Sinnett.

Press Release by the Undersigned Members of Catholic Organizations for Renewal

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An expected set of “pastoral guidelines” scheduled for review by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) at its annual Fall meeting in Baltimore begins with an erroneous understanding of what it means to be homosexual, Catholic reform leaders say in a letter to U.S. Catholic bishops.

DignityUSA Issues Guidelines for Pastoral Carefor Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Catholics in Response to Proposed Document from U.S. Bishops

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Sam Sinnett, President 
314 477-5798 (cell)


Washington, DC – DignityUSA finds the proposed document from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), "Ministry to Persons with a Homosexual Inclination: Guidelines for Pastoral Care,” to be deeply flawed. Therefore, DignityUSA has joined with some other members of Catholic Organizations for Renewal (COR) to ask the bishops not to approve any such guidelines without further consultation with the faithful – especially those LGBT Catholics who are most affected.