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News Archive (2002)

Law’s Comments on Same-Sex Unions Called “Offensive & Unacceptable”

Group Launches Campaign to Document Catholic Experiences of Gay Commitment Ceremonies

Leaders of the only Catholic group to routinely perform same-sex union ceremonies spoke out today about Boston Cardinal Bernard Law’s instructions to World Youth Day participants to boycott such rituals. DignityUSA, the country’s largest group of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Catholics and their families, has offered same-sex unions, also called Holy Unions, Commitment Ceremonies and Same-Sex Weddings, to its members throughout its 33-year history.

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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Gay Catholics Welcome Archdiocese's Clarification of Remarks about Gay Priests

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Jeff Stone, 212-662-9088
Brendan Fay, 718-721-2780

New York, April 23 — Dignity/New York, the local chapter of DignityUSA, commends the Archdiocese of New York for its quick action in clarifying the comments made by Monsignor Eugene Clark in his homily at Saint Patrick's Cathedral on Sunday, April 21, 2002. Monsignor Clark's homily seemed to blame the current clergy sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church on gay priests.

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DignityUSA Addresses Priest Sex Abuse Scandal

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Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director, 617-669-7810 

 Washington, DC, April 8, 2002 — The Board of Directors of DignityUSA, the nation's largest organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered (GLBT) Catholics, met here this weekend and devoted much of its meeting to issues raised by the clergy sex abuse scandal unfolding in the Catholic Church. The following statement was issued at the conclusion of the Dignity Board's deliberations.

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