June 18, 2018. Just weeks before World Meeting of Families 2018, a Vatican event that has been plagued with mixed messages about whether same-sex couples and families of LGBTQI people will be welcome, Pope Francis projected a very narrow view of what family is. In remarks to the Italian group Forum delle Famiglie, the Pope is reported to have said, “It is painful to say this today: People speak of varied families, of various kinds of family," but "the family [as] man and woman in the image of God is the only one."
June 4, 2018. DignityUSA, the organization of Catholics committed to justice, equality, and full inclusion of LGBTQI people in our church and society, expresses its disappointment with the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of Masterpiece Cakeshop, but is encouraged that the Court ruled narrowly, based on the particulars of this case.
Gay Catholic Group calls on Pope to Apologize for and Reverse Hurtful Comments on Gay Applicants to Priesthood
May 29, 2018. Pope Francis’ directive to Italian bishops to exclude men they believe may be gay from seminaries raises several deeply troubling issues. According to widely circulated reports from outlets such as Catholic News Agency, “if you have even the slightest doubt it's better not to let them enter,” Francis said, “because these acts or deep-seated tendencies can lead to scandals and can compromise the life of the seminary, as well as the man himself and his future priesthood.”
May 21, 2018. Boston, MA. According to reports from Spain’s El Pais newspaper and the Associated Press, Pope Francis has reportedly told a gay male survivor of clerical sexual abuse that his sexual orientation comes from God. Juan Carlos Cruz said that in a private meeting about the Chilean sexual abuse scandal, Pope Francis said, “Look Juan Carlos, the pope loves you this way. God made you like this and he loves you.”
At this point, the Vatican is declining to confirm or deny the remarks.
DignityUSA Comments on HHS Proposal to Allow Health Care Workers to Refuse Services/Clients they Find Objectionable
The following comments were submitted to the US Department of Health and Human Services in response to proposed rules that would allow health care workers to refuse to treat individuals or provide services they object to on religious or moral grounds.
March 27, 2018
US Department of Health and Human Services
Office for Civil Rights
Attention: Conscience NPRM, RIN 0945-ZA03
Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Room 509F
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20201
RE: Docket HHS-OCR-2018-002
Every Day Is International Women’s Day: A Discussion of Voices of Faith’s 2018 “Why Women Matter” Event and the Work of Feminist Ministries
Remarks from March 9, 2018 Teleconference (in order):
Kate McElwee, Executive Director, Women’s Ordination Conference (WOC)
Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director, DignityUSA
Mary E. Hunt, Co-director, Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual (WATER)
March 8, 2018.
LGBTQI Catholics See Mixed Record in First Five Years of the Francis Papacy, Renew Offer of Dialogue
Marianne Duddy-Burke, executive director of DignityUSA, issued the following statement in conjunction with the fifth anniversary of the election of Pope Francis:
Attempts to Deny Reality Hurt Families and Church, says DignityUSA
“Conscience and Religious Freedom Division” of HHS Threatens the Health of LGBT People, says Catholic Advocacy Organization
Boston, January 18, 2018. DignityUSA, the organization of Catholics committed to justice, equality and full inclusion of LGBTQI people in the Church and society, vehemently objected to the Trump Administration’s creation of a “Conscience and Religious Freedom Division” within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today. The office was established to support health care workers who refuse to treat certain kinds of people or perform certain procedures they believe violate their religious or moral beliefs.
Priests Directed not to Speak Name of Surviving Spouse