Aug. 6, 2018. Last week, Pope Francis changed the Catechism of the Catholic Church to make the death penalty entirely unacceptable, saying it is “an attack” on human dignity. DignityUSA, the organization of LGBTQI Catholics and allies, welcomes this change, along with many other Catholics around the world. DignityUSA also notes that this news has some very important and particular implications for LGBTQI people. Therefore, DignityUSA Executive Director Marianne Duddy-Burke has issued the following statement:
DignityUSA Mourns Death of Retired Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen; Archbishop’s Welcome to Gay Catholics Led to his Removal from Church Leadership
July 23, 2018. DignityUSA, the organization of Catholics committed to justice, equality, and full inclusion for LGBTQI people in our church and society, joins many in the Church and justice communities, especially in the northwestern U.S., in mourning the death of retired Seattle Archbishop Raymond “Dutch” Hunthausen. The Archbishop’s allowing DignityUSA to hold a liturgy for 1,200 gay and lesbian Catholics and supporters in St.
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
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
Boston, MA. August 10, 2016. DignityUSA, the nation’s largest organizations of Catholics committed to justice and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in our Church and in society, is calling on fellow Catholic Senator Marco Rubio to cancel his appearance at an anti-gay event being held in Orlando on August 11, 2016, the two-month anniversary of the worst mass shooting in US, which occurred at Pulse nightclub, an LGBT club.
Pope Francis Demonstrates “Lamentable and Dangerous Ignorance” on Gender Identity; DignityUSA Cautions His Words Put Lives at Risk
Boston, MA. August 1, 2016. During a meeting with Polish bishops while attending World Youth Day, Pope Francis concluded his remarks by complaining that children are being taught “that everyone can choose their gender.” He also called this “ideological colonization” by “very influential countries.”