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News Archive (2002)

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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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

Contact Information: 

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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DignityUSA Responds to Closure of Archdiocesan Gay Ministry in Los Angeles

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Marianne Duddy, 617-361-9512 617-669-7810 (Cell)
Patrick McArron, 619-865-4702 (Cell)

September 20, 2002 — DignityUSA, the national organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Catholics, their families, friends and supporters, today expressed profound sadness at the closure of the Los Angeles Archdiocese Ministry to Lesbian and Gay Catholics.