Pope Francis’ statement on gender confirmation demonstrates “tragic ignorance” of transgender lives, says Catholic group committed to LGBTQI equality
We are thrilled to have officially started our terms as President and Vice President of DignityUSA on October 1. Our terms coincide with the two year Jubilee period leading up to the 50th anniversary of DignityUSA in 2019, and we are excited to be reflecting, discerning, and celebrating with you all during this Jubilee. We are committed to honoring our past, while also ensuring that DignityUSA is a nimble, relevant and well-resourced organization ready to take on the challenges of the next 50 years.
Being President of DignityUSA has been the culmination of a journey that first started when I became a member in 1985 – pre-Ratzinger, pre-Halloween letter, the time before our mass expulsions from parishes. I have been actively involved in Dignity for two-thirds of its existence. I grew up with Dignity. It is my home.
It has been a labor of love to serve Dignity in so many capacities – director, secretary, vice president and president.
Bishop Paprocki’s Policy on Same-Sex Marriage Is Mean-Spirited and Unchristian in the Extreme, say Activists.
“This is Why LGBTQI Catholics and Families Feel Unwelcome in Our Church.”
June 21, 2017. Boston, MA. Leaders of DignityUSA, the organization of Catholics committed to justice, equality and full inclusion of LGBTQI Catholics in the Church and society, decry the “Decree Regarding Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ and Related Pastoral Issues” recently promulgated by Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois. The Decree outlines policies for all Catholic institutions in the Diocese when dealing with people in same-sex marriages.
As we mark one year since the horrific massacre of 49 LGBTQI people and allies at Pulse, DignityUSA remembers the lives lost, sends loving prayers to their families, and to those survivors whose lives were forever changed, and gives thanks to all those who responded with courage and kindness in the aftermath. We recommit to being a place of sacred healing for those whose sense of belonging and safety was shaken by this targeting of our community.
As we approach Pride 2017, the LGBTQI community faces unexpected threats. That Gospel parable of the thief in the night feels very relevant. We had been enjoying what has felt like steady progress in greater social and spiritual inclusion and legal protection for our communities. And suddenly we—like many others—now find this advancement in jeopardy.
May 5, 2017. Boston, MA. The Executive Order on Religious Freedom signed by President Donald Trump did not contain the explicitly anti-LGBTQI provisions that were part of leaked early drafts of the Order. However, leaders of DignityUSA, the organization of Catholics working for equality, justice and full inclusion of LGBTQI people in the Church and society, are warning that there are ominous signals that hard-won rights could soon be rolled back.
February 23, 2017. DignityUSA, the organization of Catholics committed to justice and full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex people joins countless others in decrying the Trump adminstration's reversal of former President Obama's guidance to schools on allowing transgender students to use facilities that match the gender with which they identify.
This letter to the editor from DignityUSA Executive Director Marianne Duddy-Burke appeared in the January 13, 2017 print issue of National Catholic Reporter. It was written in response to an article by Thomas Reese, SJ entitled “Time to Compromise on Gay Rights and Religious Freedom.”
Well-intentioned but Problematic
Boston, MA. January 30, 2017. DignityUSA, the organization of Catholics committed to equality in the church and society for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, has expressed deep concern about Executive Orders issued by President Trump. The organization is especially alarmed by plans to build a wall across the border between the US and Mexico, and the order prohibiting travel to the US by people from seven predominantly Muslim countries.