Christine Haider-Winnett

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Equally Blessed asks Pope Francis to meet with LGBT Catholics and their families

Representatives from all four Equally Blessed member organizations (Call to Action, DignityUSA, Fortuate Families and New Ways Ministry) recently signed a letter asking Pope Francis to meet with LGBT Catholics and their families during his September visit to the United States. The letter, which was signed by 29 diverse organizations and faith leaders, was cosponsored by GLAAD and Equally Blessed partner DignityUSA. Read the entire letter below: […]

Pope Francis’s comments on heterosexual parenting alienate gay Catholics

The Equally Blessed pilgrimage to World Meeting of Families was featured in The Huffington Post about the ways Pope Francis’ statements on parenting alienated LGBTQ parents. Frank DeBernardo of New Ways Ministry and Marianne Duddy-Burke of DignityUSA (both members of the Equally Blessed coalition) were quoted in the article extensively. Marianne and her family are Equally […]

Pope’s visit will have ‘the world’s attention’

Below is an excerpt from an article by the Courier-Post which features Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director of DignityUSA, talking about why her family chose to participate in Equally Blessed's pilgrimage to World Meeting of Families. Learn more about Equally Blessed's World Meeting of Families pilgrimage.

March 23, 2015– Marianne Duddy-Burke, a Boston woman who leads DignityUSA, a group of gay Catholics, said she's hoping for a symbolic gesture from Francis.

"As a gay family, we're going (to the World Meeting) to talk about our experiences," said the married mother of two. "We want them to know what it's like to try to live an authentically faithful life as a Catholic family with two moms."

LGBT advocates ponder how to benefit from Francis’ visit

Below is an excerpt from an article by Philadelphia Inquirer on the important opportunity for LGBTQ Catholics to participate in Pope Francis' World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. Read about Equally Blessed's commitment to send 14 LGBTQ Catholics and their family members to World Meeting of Families.

March 24, 2015– Otto and Lassiter said a local Dignity chapter could be an "organizing tool" for the group. Dignity was founded in 1969 and has a membership of about 6,000 spread across 35 chapters.

Yet Dignity has "not been invited to participate" in the World Meeting, executive director Marianne Duddy-Burke said from the organization's Boston headquarters.

Catholic Church infringing on personal lives

For several years now, we have seen a troubling trend in Catholic places of employment. Bishops are overstepping to meddle in employees' personal lives. Firing competent, beloved teachers for same-sex marriages, requiring whole staffs to agree to statements calling contraception evil, and forbidding discussion of women's equality in the church are now being included in morality clauses that administrators, teachers, and staff must sign.

New contracts, like the most recent one in San Francisco, now govern whom one can marry, use of birth control and other reproductive choices, and in the most egregious of cases, what events one can attend and whom one can and cannot associate with. Attending your nephew's wedding to his husband, or posting a congratulatory message on Facebook, could now cost you your job.

Equally Blessed commends Department of Labor’s prohibitions against discrimination of LGBT employees

On January 22, 2015, the Equally Blessed Coalition sent this letter to Secretary Thomas E. Perez and Director Debra A. Carr in the Department of Labor commending them on their Final Rule implementing Executive Order 13672, which prohibits contractors who receive federal contracts from discriminating against LGBT employees: Dear Secretary […]

Equally Blessed coalition invites Catholic bishops to “come out” and stand with Belgian bishop

December 31, 2014– The Equally Blessed Coalition applauds Bishop Johan Bonny of Antwerp, who has forthrightly invited the Roman Catholic Church to formally recognize the grace in committed, loving same-sex relationships. “We have to look inside the church for a formal recognition of the kind of interpersonal relationship that is […]