April 8, 2016, Boston, MA. Pope Francis’ long-anticipated response to two sessions of a world-wide Synod on the Family, an Apostolic Exhortation entitled “Amoris Laetitia” (The Joy of Love), is a tremendous disappointment to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Catholics and their families, says DignityUSA, a leading organization of Catholics committed to LGBT equality.
By Alice Knowles, Vice President
According to Luke’s gospel (Luke 24:1-12) Peter got up and ran to the tomb, bent down, and saw the burial clothes alone; then he went home amazed at what happened.
Easter is about amazement! It is the season of the year that as faithful we are called to the wonder of the powers of the resurrection. It is when we realize the basis of our faith, it is when we definitely realize that God is true to his word: he will be crucified and rise on the third day. And he did.
In the final days of Lent, I had the great grace of a true Easter experience. The gracious members of Dignity/New York invited me to represent DignityUSA and march with them in the city’s iconic St. Patrick’s Day Parade. For 25 years. many of them joined an organization called the Lavender and Green Alliance to protest the exclusion of openly LGBT people. They successfully organized a boycott of the parade by New York’s leading political figures, which lasted until LGBT people were no longer banned The inclusion of Lavender and Green Alliance in the 225th St. Patrick’s Day Parade meant that politicians from New York and Ireland joined the thousands of marchers in the most broadly inclusive parade in a quarter century.
By Sam Reeder, DignityUSA Editor
While marriage equality was granted recently through the Supreme Court, there are still many places where individuals and couples can be legally discriminated against. In fact in 28 states it is legal for gay and bisexual individuals to be fired, evicted, denied credit, denied federal funding, or even barred from jury duty, and in 31 it is legal to do the same for transgender individuals.
The Board of Directors of our chapter decided to observe the Year of Mercy by showing to the membership a film about the life of Mother Teresa. The intention was to contemplate the mystery of mercy by gazing on the mercy of God that extends into the depths of the hurt and pain within us and around us. The goal was to grasp what the Lord's mercy truly means in the brokenness of life that can lead to a wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace. Mother Teresa was chosen for having founded the Missionaries of Charity, being active in 133 countries, and known for establishing many hospices, soup kitchens, dispensaries, mobile clinics, and orphanages.
For the second year in a row, Dignity/Washington joined The DC Center for the LGBT Community to march in the city's annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Dignity/Washington celebrated the Feast of Saint Joseph with its annual St. Joseph’s Day Dinner on Saturday, March 19, at All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church. Dignity/Washington will host a full week of services for Holy Week and Easter.
March 16, 2016. Boston, MA. DignityUSA, the nation’s foremost organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Catholics, is expressing grave concern over the announcement that the Catholic news service “Crux,” currently sponsored by The Boston Globe, will be underwritten by the Knights of Columbus as of April 1, 2016.
This year, the Lenten season seems to be longer; it could be that Lent started at the beginning of February; or due to the erratic weather between extreme warm and cold temperatures; or the months’ presidential primary season in progress. As we fight off distractions, we strive to use our Lenten journey of repentance, prayer, and fasting to prepare for the coming of Easter.
Hateful, Anti-Transgender language and policies from an Archbishop that we need to speak out against
More and more media attention has been coming to the fact that on February 18th, Archbishop Robert Carlson, the Archbishop of St. Louis, Missouri, issued a letter to his archdiocese urging them to stop providing and supporting Girl Scout programs in their parishes. He cites a number of reasons, including that their “inclusion of transgender and homosexual individuals is proving problematic.” In the letter the Archbishop directs people to visit the archdiocese scouting website for more information. I think it is particularly important to note that “concern” that gets the most attention on the website is the Girl Scout’s inclusive policy on transgender girls.
In the 19th Century Mark Twain compiled the story of Joan of Arc from primary and secondary sources. He considered this to be his best work, though it is not the one for which he is best known. Now, this same work has undergone further analysis, delving into the issues of gender, identity, and sexuality. The new variant promises to be an interesting read.
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