Christine Haider-Winnett

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Love is Love

Celebrate all marriages on National Marriage Week

The US Bishops have asked Catholics to participate in National Marriage Week each February, and are urging parishes to observe a “National Marriage Day” during Sunday mass. While we agree that marriage is a blessing, we believe that all loving marriages deserve celebration and recognition– not just heterosexual marriage. Show your support for all marriages by […]

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.

Marianne Duddy-Burke announcing the survey

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.

Pope’s words like “rain on a parched land” for LGBT Catholics and their supporters

Equally Blessed coalition says U. S. bishops must end multi-million dollar efforts to marginalize LGBT people WASHINGTON, D. C., September 19, 2013–The Equally Blessed coalition today released the following statement on remarks made by Pope Francis in an interview with the Rev. Antonio Sporado, S. J., editor in chief of La Civiltà […]