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Dignity In the News: Responding the Vatican Statement on Same-Sex Couples

Earlier this week, in a statement from Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and approved by Pope Francis, the Vatican denied the possibility of the Church and Priests blessing same-sex couples. We were deeply disapointed by this statement and the harm it will do to LGBTQI Catholics, noting that so many Catholics already support and affirm the relationships of LGBTQI people in their lives. You can read our full response here.

Since then, reporters and journalists from across the country have reached out to DignityUSA national and local leaders, asking for our thoughts and comments. We want to ensure that the voice and experiences of LGBTQI Catholics is heard.

Check out the list below to hear from DignityUSA leaders respond to the Vatican's statement:

National

Associated Press - LGBTQ Catholics stung by Vatican rebuff of same-sex unions

Insider - LGBTQ Catholics worry that Pope Francis' decree on same-sex unions could drive more away from the church

JSTOR Daily - The Origins of LGBTQ-Affirming Churches

National Public Radio - Vatican Says Catholic Church Cannot Bless Same-Sex Marriages

NBC Out - LGBTQ Catholics stung by Vatican rebuff of same-sex unions

NewsNation - Vatican bars gay union blessing

New York Times - Vatican Says Priests Can't Bless Same-Sex Unions

NPR All Things Considered - The Vatican Has Announced The Church 'Cannot' Bless Same-Sex Unions

PBS - March 16th, 2021

Reuters - In setback for gay Catholics, Vatican says church cannot bless same-sex unions

Time - LGBTQ Catholics Are Stung by the Vatican['s Rebuff of Same-Sex Unions

Washington Post - Pope Francis says priests cannot bless same-sex unions, dashing hopes of gay Catholics

Washington Post - Regarding same-sex unions, Pope Francis must navigate a divided church

International

The Swaddle - Vatican Refuses To Bless Same‑Sex Marriages

Local

California

The Press Democrat - Sonoma County diocese, Catholics respond to Vatican decree barring blessing of gay unions

Georgia

GPB - Vatican Says Catholic Church Cannot Bless Same-Sex Marriages

Illinois

ABC 7 Chicago - Vatican bars same-sex union blessing

NBC 5 Chicago - Vatican Decree on Same-Sex Marriage That God ‘Cannot Bless Sin' Met With Disappointment From Celebs, LGBTQ Groups

Massachusetts

The Berkshire Eagle - Disappointment, locally, on Vatican statement barring blessing of same-sex unions

Boston 25 News - LGBTQ Catholics React to Vatican's denial of blessings to same sex unions

GBH - After The Catholic Church Bans Same-Sex Marriage Blessings, What’s Next For LGBT Worshippers?

NBC 10 Boston - Vatican Decree on Same-Sex Marriage That God ‘Cannot Bless Sin' Met With Disappointment From Celebs, LGBTQ Groups

Patch MA -  'We Can't Bless Gay Unions': MA Catholics On Vatican Decree

WBUR - Vatican Says Catholic Church Cannot Bless Same-Sex Marriages

New Jersey

Out In Jersey - Once again, Pope Francis has shocked the Catholic LGBTQ community

New York

CBS New York - Catholic Church Again Says It Cannot Give A Blessing To Same Sex Marriage, LGBTQ Advocate Says ‘They’re Just Out Of Step’

Gay City News - LGBTQ Catholics Rip Church Over Rejection of Marriage Equality

Newsday - Long Island gay Catholics disapointed by Vatican same-sex marriage ruling

Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Pope Francis says priests cannot bless same-sex unions

Texas

NBC 5 Dallas - Fort Worth - Vatican Decree on Same-Sex Marriage That God ‘Cannot Bless Sin' Met With Disappointment From Celebs, LGBTQ Groups