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The great Italian poet Dante said, “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of moral crisis remain neutral.”  Dignity cannot remain true to its Statement of Position and Purpose and remain silent on issues of great concern to the women of our Church:  full inclusion in all the sacraments of the Church.  Today, this is increasingly being realized through the “valid but illicit” ordination of women as priests.  As I write this, communities of women religious are under investigation by Rome. They largely perceive this as hostile.

The repression of the feminine (misogyny) is a key source of this theological dysfunction. It is at the core of the shaming of homosexuality and the exclusion of women from ordination.  Women have been our allies in the last 40 years as we have fought for our full inclusion.  They need our support and welcome now.  DignityUSA suffers from what the Church does—under-representation of the feminine perspective.  We are 80% male.  We all recognize the problem.  We all lament the lack of women, but we keep doing the same things. It is past time to do something different.

DignityUSA President Mark Matson in
"DignityUSA Adopts More Inclusie Mission Statement"


At the Second Vatican Council, we were told that “we” are the Church. We, God’s people, are the Church. The Creator made each of us in his image and likeness. The Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith stated in 1975 that there are “homosexuals who are such because of some kind of innate instinct.” That God created me gay/lesbian. He has called us, like Ezekiel and like the Twelve, to stand up and reach out to others.

Harvey Milk once said that if every gay/lesbian came out that discrimination would end that day. Trust the God who created you, who loves you, who wills you to draw breath at this very moment. God will heal you interiorly with this truth. God will impart the Spirit, as he did with the Prophet Ezekiel, to stand up. Then God will use you, despite the objections of some religious leaders, to bring that same faith and hope to others.

Father Geoff Farrow
From his post-communion reflections
DignityUSA Convention 2009 


In this thematic issue of the QV, we are pleased to share with you the difficult road to self-understanding and acceptance—both internal and external—faced by four transgender individuals and a transgender couple. While DignityUSA identifies itself as a GLBT Catholic organization as a matter of course, most of us know very little about the “T” component, much to the detriment of the wholeness of our faith communities. Even in the public policy arena, transgender issues often take a back seat and are often sacrificed for political expediency, as evidenced by the recent federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act spat between those who insisted on covering transgender people versus those who felt that leaving it out (for now) would guarantee passage.

-- Leo Egashira,
Publications Committee Chair
Introduction to Transgender Lives



"The priests and bishops are our brothers. Some honestly believe the Church teaching, and some know it is seriously in error. The Gospel calls us to teach them the truth of our lives, even if they have locked themselves in a dungeon of false theology and thrown away the key."

Brian McNeill
President - Dignity/Twin Cities
organizer of Rainbow Sash Alliance USA

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