DignityUSA is an organization with headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts, that focuses on LGBT rights and the Catholic Church. Dignity Canada exists as the Canadian sister organization. The organization is made up of local chapters across the country, and functions both as a support and social group for LGBT and LGBT-accepting Catholics to worship together. "The goal of 'Dignity' is to serve as an advocate for change in the Roman Catholic Church's stance on homosexuality", and as an activist group for LGBT rights and education about LGBT issues. A full statement of position and purpose can be found on the organization's website.
Since 2007, Marianne Duddy-Burke has served as executive director.
Dignity was founded in early 1969 in San Diego, California, by Father Pat Nidorf, first as a counseling, then as a support group. Technically that makes it a "pre-Stonewall" LGBT organization that is still in existence. The first chapter of Dignity formed in 1970 in Los Angeles. In 1982, lesbian members of Dignity founded the Conference for Catholic Lesbians out of concern that Dignity was too oriented toward males.
On the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons
On October 1, 1986, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Catholic body charged to "spread sound Catholic doctrine and defend those points of Christian tradition which seem in danger because of new and unacceptable doctrines", issued a letter entitled On the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons. In it, the Catholic Church affirmed its position that homosexuality was an "objective disorder" and that all support should be withdrawn from any organization that undermined the Church's teaching or were ambiguous about or neglectful of it.
According to write Neil Miller, an immediate effect of the document was the decision by several American bishops to order that DignityUSA no longer be allowed to hold Mass in Catholic churches. Dioceses in Atlanta, Minneapolis, Buffalo, Brooklyn, Pensacola, Vancouver, Washington, D.C., and New York City all rescinded permission for the organization to hold services on church property. In some cases the group chapters had been holding Masses for a decade or longer.
- Dignity/Fort Lauderdale
- Dignity/Los Angeles
- Dignity/Metro New Jersey
- Dignity/New Brunswick
- Dignity/New Mexico
- Dignity/New York
- Dignity/Northern Virginia
- Dignity/Palm Beach
- Dignity/Palm Springs
- Dignity/San Antonio
- Dignity/San Diego
- Dignity/San Fernando Valley
- Dignity/San Francisco
- Dignity/Twin Cities
- Women of Dignity
- Catholics United
- Courage International
- Homosexuality and Catholicism
- Homosexuals Anonymous
- Integrity USA, a similar group of organizations for members of the Anglican Communion
- Joel 2:25 International
- LGBT-welcoming church programs
- Ministry to Persons with a Homosexual Inclination
- New Ways Ministry
- On the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons
- Restored Hope Network
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