“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
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.
May 5, 2017. Boston, MA. The Executive Order on Religious Freedom signed by President Donald Trump did not contain the explicitly anti-LGBTQI provisions that were part of leaked early drafts of the Order. However, leaders of DignityUSA, the organization of Catholics working for equality, justice and full inclusion of LGBTQI people in the Church and society, are warning that there are ominous signals that hard-won rights could soon be rolled back.
This letter to the editor from DignityUSA Executive Director Marianne Duddy-Burke appeared in the January 13, 2017 print issue of National Catholic Reporter. It was written in response to an article by Thomas Reese, SJ entitled “Time to Compromise on Gay Rights and Religious Freedom.”
Well-intentioned but Problematic
Boston, MA. January 30, 2017. DignityUSA, the organization of Catholics committed to equality in the church and society for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, has expressed deep concern about Executive Orders issued by President Trump. The organization is especially alarmed by plans to build a wall across the border between the US and Mexico, and the order prohibiting travel to the US by people from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
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.”
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.