By Ann Marie Szpakowska
Priests Directed not to Speak Name of Surviving Spouse
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.