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On National Marriage Week, Equally Blessed Celebrates All Marriages

In response to the Bishop’s National Marriage Week campaign, the Equally Blessed coalition urges US Catholics to pray for the inclusion and celebration of same-sex couples in the Catholic Church.

Boston, MA., February 6, 2014—Today, the Equally Blessed coalition released the following statement regarding the US Conference of Catholic Bishop’s call for Catholics to participate in “National Marriage Day” on February 9 and “National Marriage Week” on February 7-14:

The National Marriage Week campaign’s limited scope creates an unwelcoming Church for the thousands of US Catholics in same-sex marriages who live their lives as shining examples of love in the face of discrimination. By encouraging local parishes to observe “National Marriage Day” during Sunday mass, the bishops are once again using the liturgy as a weapon to further alienate LGBT Catholics and their supporters.

Time's Person of the Year is a Pope who Listens to Lay Catholics

Time Magazine’s selection of Pope Francis as its Person of the Year recognizes the significant new energy and focus the Pope has brought to Catholicism over the past nine months. His pastoral attitude toward marginalized people, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, is changing the prosecutorial tone that has prevailed in many corners of the church, although there are still many places where the Pope’s message seems to fall on deaf ears.

Catholic Organizations Launch Survey to Collect Lay Input for Vatican Synod on the Family

On November 12, 2013, a group of 15 progressive Catholic organizations (including all four Equally Blessed coalition partners) launched an on-line survey to enable U.S. Catholics to provide input to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and to the Vatican in preparation for an upcoming Synod on the Family. Over 1,200 Catholics completed the survey within the first three hours after it was made available.

Invoking Pope Francis, Catholic LGBT Advocates Invite Bishops to New Dialogue

To our brothers in Christ, the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops:

Much has changed since you last gathered in Baltimore to discern where God is leading our Church and how we as Catholics should respond.  Many of these changes are bringing great hope to Catholics, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Catholics and our families. We have a new Pope, a man who desires to move the church beyond ideological battles and to emphasize mercy, not judgment, in the way Church leaders govern.

Equally Blessed Applauds Pope Francis' Encouraging Words

Pope Francis today uttered some of the most encouraging words a pontiff has ever spoken about gay and lesbian people.  In doing so, he has set a great example for Catholics everywhere.

The pope has rejected the harsh language of his predecessor, Benedict XVI, for a compassionate approach and a pastoral tone. Lesbians and gays are no longer a “threat to civilization,” rather they are people of faith and good will.

Speaking up for LGBT Catholics at World Youth Day

WASHINGTON, D. C., JULY 18, 2013-- Six young Roman Catholics are on their way to the church’s World Youth Day in Rio de Janiero, bringing a message that the church must treat lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people with respect and advocate for their welfare.

The pilgrims, ages 21 through 32, are sponsored by Equally Blessed, a coalition of four Catholic organizations that have spent more than 120 years working on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and their families. 

CATHOLIC COALITION CELEBRATES SUPREME COURT DECISIONS ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY

Washington, D.C., June 21, 2013—Equally Blessed, a coalition of four Catholic organizations that have spent more than 120 years working on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families, issued the following statement on the Supreme Court rulings announced today on the Defense of Marriage Act and the state of California’s constitutional provision banning same-sex marriage:

“As members of the Catholic Church and citizens of the United States, we are elated that the U. S. Supreme Court has both struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and cleared the way for marriage equality in the state of California. We are especially pleased to see that Justice Anthony Kennedy, a Catholic, wrote the opinion striking down DOMA, and that Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who is also a Catholic, concurred in this historic decision.

"Catholics around the country have worked hard to pass legislation that permits same-sex couples to marry, and protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination. They have done so not in spite of their faith, but because of it, knowing that every human being is created in the image and likeness of God, and that all of God’s children must be treated with dignity, compassion and respect.

PRAYING FOR A POPE WHO WILL LISTEN TO THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN DENIGRATED IN THE PAST

PRAYING FOR A POPE WHO WILL LISTEN TO THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN DENIGRATED IN THE PAST
Equally Blessed Coalition urges Francis I to understand that LGBT people are created in God's image

WASHINGTON, D. C., MARCH 13, 2013--Equally Blessed, a coalition of four Catholic groups that have spent more than 120 years working on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families,  released the following statement on the election of Pope Francis I: 

"We congratulate Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio on his election as Pope Francis, and join with Catholics everywhere in surrounding him with prayers as he assumes his sacred office. We are inspired by his humility, his devotion to the poor and the depth and thoughtfulness that characterize much of his writing. Pope Francis understands that we are all in need of God’s mercy, and we hope that he conducts his Papacy with this kind of humility. We are encouraged, too, by his frequently voiced conviction that the church must move beyond a preoccupation with its internal concerns and bear God’s love to people in the midst of their often difficult daily lives.

"If he truly desires to share the Gospel with all people, Pope Francis will come to realize that many of those created in God’s image are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. It is our fervent hope and continuing prayer that Francis will break new ground in opening a conversation with LGBT people so that he may come to know a little about their experiences of God’s grace, mercy and love. 

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