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":

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.

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.

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

Equality Ohio Needs Your Help


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*****

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.

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.