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DignityUSA Response to Catholic Bishops' Proposed Guidelines on Pastoral Care

October 25, 2006

Press Statement on Bishops' Pastoral Care Guidelines

In conjunction with our allies in the National Religious Leadership Roundtable, DignityUSA issued the following statement about the United States Catholic bishops' proposed guidelines, "Ministry to Persons with a Homosexual Inclination: Guidelines for Pastoral Care":

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Bishops Form Rules for Ministry to Gays

According to AP, the nation's Roman Catholic bishops said Wednesday they are developing new guidelines for ministry to gays, reaffirming church opposition to same-gender marriage and adoption by the couples, while condemning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

The draft document encourages parishes to make gays feel welcome and provide them pastoral support, and notes that many"are ardently striving to live their faith within the Catholic community so as not to fall into the lifestyle and values of a `gay subculture.'"

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Kaleidoscope Youth Center Open House

My name is Harry Warner, I am an OSU undergrad and an intern at the Kaleidoscope Youth Center. I was wondering if I could ask you for help. I'm trying to find some outreach contacts for Kaleidoscope. Currently, the center is experiencing very low attendance. This could be due perhaps to our location change or the location itself.

One event we have planned is an open house that will coincide with the grand opening of the "David Bohnett Cyber Center". The open house is scheduled to happen on Wednesday, October 25th from 3p.m. til 6p.m. We are now located at 1904 High Steet. The Center is across the street from the Wexner Center and next to Evolved. We have a bright blue door. We would like to get as many people as possible from the helping professions, preferably with youth contacts, to come check out the center at this open house.

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Experts examine issue of homosexuality in the priesthood

In November, the Vatican issued a directive that Catholic leaders "cannot admit to the seminary or to holy orders those who practice homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies or support the so-called gay culture."

Some take it as a ban on gay men in the priesthood; others say it bans only those who are actively homosexual. The Instruction on Priestly Formation must be interpreted by bishops and those who lead seminaries and religious orders, as are other Vatican documents, including one in 1961 that stated gay men should not be ordained

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Equality Ohio Needs Your Help

ATTENTION LGBT FRIENDS IN THE FAITH COMMUNITY!
SPECIAL VOLUNTEER NIGHT: Wed, Sept. 20

Equality Ohio is hard at work carrying out a statewide plan to make sure pro-equality voters get to the polls on Election Day November 7, but we need people power! Volunteers are needed for phone banks, data entry, and door-to-door neighborhood outreach.

Equality Ohio has set up a special VOLUNTEER NIGHT just for the faith community:
***Wednesday, September 20*****

For a limited time we have a state-of-the-art phone bank system for our use and we are going to use it to make sure *EQUALITY* WINS OUT ON ELECTION DAY! Can you spare a few evening hours Wed. September 20 to make a REAL difference for LGBT Ohioans and families? NO EXPERIENCE IS NEEDED, Equality Ohio staff will train you and provide support throughout your entire volunteer shift!

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Human Rights Campaign Out in Scripture

The Human Rights Campaign Religion and Faith Program’s preaching and devotional resource, Out In Scripture, will be available starting Aug. 17 on a weekly and seasonal basis. Written from a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and straight-supportive perspective by well-respected scholars from around the country and across a variety of Christian denominations, this resource will assist ministers in planning their sermons. Out In Scripture is also an excellent devotional resource for individuals.

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Parent's Voice Project

This is to inform you about a survey directed to Catholic parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning daughters and sons. Please bring this to the attention of any such parents you know.

The survey is phase one of Fortunate Families' "Parents Voice Project." The survey will catalogue the needs of these Catholic parents and the talents they can offer other Catholic parents. It also assesses their interest in participating in collaborative efforts with other parents.

Phase two of the Parents Voice Project envisions a network of parents supporting and encouraging each other to be prophetic voices witnessing to the reality of God's love for their daughters and sons within our church.

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