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News Archive (2014)

Reflections on the Extraordinary Synod on the Family: An Extraordinary Time in our Church

by Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director of DignityUSA

The first phase of the Synod on the Family process is now complete, and it has been the subject of enormous world-wide attention and analysis. It has been just days since the end of this gathering, and while there is much dust still to settle, here are some of my initial reflections.

Giving Thanks

by Lourdes Rodriguez-Nogues, President of DignityUSA

Gratitude is perhaps the humblest and most fitting prayer we can offer the Divine. It places us in that open and vulnerable space where we can, with open hands and hearts, recognize that we are not entitled, deserving, wanting of something, or expecting our needs to be met. If we can just give thanks, for what is and for what will be, we come face to face with a merciful, generous, and loving God who recognizes us as created, chosen, and redeemed.

You Are Fabulous!

by Jim Smith, Associate Director of DignityUSA

A BIG thanks to all who responded to our invitation to post your family photo with testimony for our “Fabulous Families of Dignity” series! Every day during the bishops’ October Synod on the Family, we featured on Facebook at least one family photo with answer to the question “How is God present in my family?”

Dignity/Honolulu marks its annual Solidarity Sunday

Originally published in Star Adviser

Five members of Dignity/Honolulu, a group of approximately 20 LGBT Catholics, attended Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace Catholic downtown as part of the group's annual Solidarity Sunday observance. Their intent was to send the message "We're part of the Church" in spite of Catholic doctrine that opposes homosexual acts and same-sex marriage,” said Dignity/Honolulu President Gene Corpuz.

Board of Directors Update

At its meeting in Seattle October 4-6, the DignityUSA Board of Directors regretfully accepted the resignation of Jack Frielingsdorf, who stepped down due to health concerns. The Board thanked Jack for three years of service on the body, and noted his long commitment to leadership of the Metro NJ Chapter and the DignityUSA Fundraising Committee. Jack agreed to continue to lead the Fundraising Committee through the 2015 Convention.

LGBT Catholics Disappointed by Final Synod Report

October 18, 2014. DignityUSA is deeply disappointed in the final report out of the Synod on the family. “The respectful language of the midterm report is gone,” said Marianne Duddy-Burke, DignityUSA’s Executive Director. “A return to what we’ve heard for decades will dishearten LGBT people, same-sex couples, and our families.

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Dignity in the News: The Midterm Report from the Extraordinary Synod on the Family

Here is a sampling of the media work done by Dignity spokespeople across the country between Oct. 13-15, 2014.

Marianne Duddy-Burke in piece from Religion News Service Rome Bureau (ran internationally as well as in major US news outlets including Washington Post, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, etc.) http://www.religionnews.com/2014/10/10/vatican-debate-gays-provokes-strong-reaction-corners/

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