Press Releases

LGBT Catholics offer Prayers, Caution for New Pope

Boston, MA, March 13, 2013.  DignityUSA Executive Director Marianne Duddy-Burke has made the following statement on the election of Pope Francis:

 “We join our fellow Catholics in praying for the ministry and leadership of Pope Francis.  We applaud the cardinals for their recognition of the rising energy of the Catholic Church in the global South and the new possibilities and perspectives that may come from that region. 

Gay Catholics Respond to Pope’s Impending Resignation

Call for a Leader who will Listen, Reconcile

Boston, MA, February 11, 2013. DignityUSA, the nation’s largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Catholics, responded to the news that Pope Benedict XVI will resign at the end of February with the following statement:

Like all Catholics, we appreciate that Pope Benedict put the needs of the Church first in determining he is no longer able to meet the demands of his position. We wish him a peaceful retirement.


Catholics Come Out in Support of Girl Scouts

Media Contacts:

Erin Saiz Hanna, 401.588.0457, Women’s Ordination Conference

Marianne Duddy-Burke, 617.669.7810, DignityUSA

Jon O’Brien, 202.986.6093, Catholics for Choice

Nicole Sotelo, 773.404.0004 x285, Call To Action

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, May 15, 2012

 Catholics Come Out in Support of Girl Scouts

“These are exactly the type of young women needed in the Church today.”

 As Catholic organizations we congratulate the Girl Scouts on their 100thyear anniversary and thank them for modeling the best of what girls can be: strong, bold, value-based young women.  What a shame that Catholic officials cannot see these young women for the gift they are to the church and world.

The Bishops’ attempt to exert pressure on the Girl Scouts is the most recent episode in an increasingly troubling sequence of attacks against women and girls, both inside and outside the Church.  From the hierarchy’s mandate against the nuns to its most recent heavy-handed inquiry into the Girl Scouts, the Bishops’ actions not only reveal the growing gap between the hierarchy and the faithful, but also sends harmful messages about womanhood to our daughters in faith.  We urge the Bishops to cease the investigations.

As Catholic organizations that seek a more just and inclusive church, we stand in solidarity with the 59 million women and girls who have been a part of the Girl Scouts.  We thank these women and girls—our sisters— for their witness of what it means to be a woman who knows her own giftedness in the face of a religion or society that too often undervalues  her self-worth.


More than 90 Percent OF American Catholics back Transgender Rights


contact: Jim Naughton, 202-288-5125,
Equally Blessed hails laity's willingness to move beyond bishops' "insensitive and uniformed" teaching
WASHINGTON, D. C., November 8, 2011--The majority of American Catholics disagree with the teachings of their bishops on sexual issues so often that it is a wonder that the news media continues to speak of the Catholic Church’s position on a given issue when what they really mean is the position of the Catholic hierarchy.

LGBT and Progressive Catholics in New York and New Jersey Celebrate New Study Results

New York City, March 24, 2011 -- A new national study has found that Catholics are more supportive of legal recognition of same-sex relationships than any other Christian group, and than Americans overall.  The study, released March 22, 2011 by the Public Religion Research Institute, showed that 74% of American Catholics believe that gay and lesbian couples should be able to marry or form civil unions.  Seventy-one percent (71%) of Catholics support civil marriage “like you get at city hall.”

Catholic Bishops Silent on Gay Suicides, 2,000 Catholics and Four Catholic Organizations Issue Anti-Bullying Statement: "We stand on the side of love"

Press Contacts: Casey and Mary Ellen Lopata, Spokespeople, (ph) 585.698.6100

November 8, 2010  Catholic Bishops Silent on Gay Suicides, 2,000 Catholics and Four Catholic Organizations Issue Anti-Bullying Statement: "We stand on the side of love."  (Milwaukee, WI) The largest annual gathering of progressive Catholics met this weekend for the Call To Action conference and issued a statement in conjunction with Equally Blessed, the pro-LGBT Catholic Coalition, against bullying in light of the recent rash of suicides among gay youth: