The Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy is releasing a new document (dated December 8, 2016) entitled “The Gift of the Priestly Vocation,” which is a set of guidelines for priestly formation. The document notes, “The Holy Father Francis has approved the present General Executive Decree and has ordered its publication.”
By Lewis Speaks-Tanner, DignityUSA President
We are into another Advent season. Let it be an opportunity to reflect and recharge ourselves.
After such a long election season, the electoral outcome does not bode well for LGBTQI people. I, along with many LGBTQI leaders, hope we are wrong. In 2017, we will need continued collaboration with many different organizations to prevent our hard-won rights from being chipped away or reversed nationally and by individual states. As we continue to share our stories, more people get to know our struggles and lives.
By Marianne Duddy-Burke, DignityUSA Executive Director
In Rome and at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops meeting, DignityUSA marked November’s spirit of remembrance to draw attention to the failure of most Catholic officials to explicitly condemn anti-LGBTQI violence, even in the wake of the Pulse massacre in Orlando, and the largest number of murders of transgender people on record in 2016.
During the week of November 14-20, individuals and organizations around the country participated in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people and address the issues these communities face. The Dignity/New York community commemorated Transgender Day of Remembrance by honoring the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence at our community liturgies.
DignityUSA is thrilled to announce that Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey will deliver the Keynote Address titled, “Table Manners for Hungry Radicals,” at the July 6-9, 2017 conference. Dr. Lightsey is the only openly queer lesbian African-American ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, and is associate dean and professor of contextual theology and practice at the Boston University School of Theology. She is a veteran who teaches about just war theory, as well as teaching courses on LGBTQI Theology.
40th Anniversary, August 12, 2016
On November 17, 2016, Becky Duddy-Burke and Mary Beth Foley represented Dignity/Boston at a panel discussion on the campus of Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. The event was hosted by the university’s Newman Association and the theme was understanding the experiences of LGBTQI Catholics. Emilee Cocuzzo, one of the Newman Association student leaders, asked Becky and Mary Beth a variety of questions concerning their own faith experiences, coming out, and their thoughts about the Catholic Church’s views and practices regarding LGBTQI individuals.
Remarks from Vigil for Pulse Victims and Murdered Transgender People at USCCB Meeting, November 2016
We gather here today, outside the building where the US Conference of Catholic Bishops is meeting, to honor the lives lost to anti-LGBTQI violence, and to call on the Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church—on our bishops—to acknowledge them, and us, by the names we call ourselves. Lesbian. Gay. Bisexual. Transgender. Intersex. Queer.
DignityUSA, the leading organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning and intersex (LGBTQI) Catholics, is calling upon people of all faiths to commemorate the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) by standing in solidarity with transgender people.
Thank you for having me here. It is an honor to be with you to remember victims of anti-LGBT violence. Though we are from different countries, this is a reality that binds us all, and it is good and right to stand together in witness and remembrance.