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News Archive (2013)

LGBT Catholics offer Prayers, Caution for New Pope

Boston, MA, March 13, 2013. DignityUSA Executive Director Marianne Duddy-Burke has made the following statement on the election of Pope Francis:

“We join our fellow Catholics in praying for the ministry and leadership of Pope Francis.  We applaud the cardinals for their recognition of the rising energy of the Catholic Church in the global South and the new possibilities and perspectives that may come from that region.

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DignityUSA Executive Director Speaks for Catholic Reform Groups about Conclave

Washington, DC. March 8, 2013.

In conjunction with its semi-annual meeting, Catholic Organizations for Renewal, a leadership group of organizations working for reform and renewal in the Catholic Church, held a press conference to discuss the upcoming selection of a new Pope. DignityUSA's Executive Director led off the event with the following statement:

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A Time of Great Transition for Our Church—What does it Mean for Dignity?

​Where were you when you learned that Benedict XVI was going to resign from the Papacy? In many ways, his announcement ushered in a revolutionary moment for our Church. Every person reading this has known Papal transitions only upon the death of the previous Bishop of Rome. But now, relinquishment of this role becomes a real possibility, shaking yet another of our expectations about our Church.

DignityUSA’s Transgender Caucus News

​Peggy Burns, Operations Manager, and Robin Erikson, Dignity/Boston member, attended the 33rd Annual First Event Conference on January 25-26, 2013.

First Event has grown into one of the largest trans gatherings in the world and the only major winter Conference. First Event has something for nearly everyone, including educational lectures, workshops and courses, nightly entertainment with dancing, banquets, special lunches, trans-oriented vendors, and more!

Gay Catholics Respond to Pope’s Impending Resignation

Call for a Leader who will Listen, Reconcile

Boston, MA, February 11, 2013. DignityUSA, the nation’s largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Catholics, responded to the news that Pope Benedict XVI will resign at the end of February with the following statement:

Like all Catholics, we appreciate that Pope Benedict put the needs of the Church first in determining he is no longer able to meet the demands of his position. We wish him a peaceful retirement.

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