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" . . . knowing in my heart that it IS possible to be a Catholic and a lesbian . . . and knowing that without the work of Dignity countless GLBT Catholics (and straight Catholics for that matter) would not know this truth. And although I don’t label myself as a Catholic the way I used to, I still have an endearing fondness, a particular affection, for the denomination of my youth, and as such am still here on the Catholic side-lines, a bit war-weary, but still in the fight. In grief there is hope, in struggle there is hope, in God there is hope."

Laura Monroe, DignityUSA Editor
in "On Being"


Dignity has to stand with divorced Catholics, with women who are called to priesthood, with married priests, with heterosexual married women who use birth control, with those who have been damaged and abused by pedophile priests, with all who seek to sit at the table of Jesus, without leaving a part of who they are at the door.

DignityUSA President Lourdes Rodriguez-Nogues
from Presidential Address, Convention 2011


. . . to short-circuit one’s sexuality is to block one’s spiritual growth. When we realize that, first and foremost spirituality expresses inherent human capacities, we realize spiritual growth requires psychological integration, including especially sexual integration. For this reason integration of one’s sexuality is so urgent a human challenge. For this reason myopic condemnation of sexual variations is so very destructive to people. But with modern psychology we have only recently realized these facts. Now we understand why sexual ethics is truly a matter of the soul.

Daniel A. Helminiak
in "Science and Religion, Reason and Faith, Sex and Spirituality"



The sticking issue, of course, is our relationship as laypeople with a church hierarchy that continues to prefer denial and repression of LGBT concerns. The issue here is not sexuality at all; the issue is control. Sexuality is both mysterious and uncontrollable, and because the bureaucratic structure of the Church, like any bureaucratic structure, thrives on predictability and control, there are problems. Jesus Christ did not get along with either the Pharisees or Sadducees, or with any of the other authority figures of his day. Jesus was shockingly liberal and radically inclusive. There is a frightening glint of truth in Mark Twain’s 19th Century bon mot: “If Jesus Christ were alive today, he would not be a Christian.”

Mike Rosanova, Dignity/Chicago, in
"Rainbow Ribbons for Advent: High Hopes in a Suburban Parish"


The hierarchy and clerics of the Catholic Church must consider the consequences of their tactics in their campaign against same-sex marriage. Clerical abuse by way of their intellectual influence over their congregations can be needlessly hurtful, un-Christian, and has real-life consequences that include bullying, depression, substance abuse, and other self-destructive behaviors—including suicide.

Catholics must call upon their church to re-commit itself to seeing Christ in everyone, including God’s children who are gay or lesbian. An authentic Catholic Church does not wallow in political propaganda, but instead does the work of Christ by helping stop the cycle of bullying and abuse before it destroys more young lives.

Marc Schulte
in "The Buly's Pulpit"

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