Marianne Duddy-Burke

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Biker and Fini

One Day to Go!

How did we spend our final day before heading to Philadelphia? Helping out at a charity bike ride! At Fini’s insistence, we joined our Dignity/Boston team supporting bicyclists who rode 125 miles from Boston to Provincetown to raise funds for HIV/AIDS research and services. It was a great day of […]

If the church is serious about welcoming gays…

By Marianne Duddy-Burke and Mary Ellen Lopata

In an Easter morning appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, the archbishop of New York, spoke words that some gay and lesbian Catholics thought they might never hear.

Asked by the host, George Stephanopoulos, what he would say to people who felt excluded from the Roman Catholic Church because of their sexual orientation, the cardinal said: “Well, the first thing I’d say to them is, ‘I love you, too. And God loves you. And you are made in God’s image and likeness.’ ”

In the spirit of compromise, then — and realizing that we and the cardinal are not soon going to agree on how the church and state should treat same-sex couples who want to make a lifetime commitment to each other — we offer a few suggestions that do not require the hierarchy to adjust its teachings on the nature of marriage, but would send a clear message against distaste and mistrust.

These aren’t my grandfather’s Knights of Columbus. And that’s a shame!

By Marianne Duddy-Burke

When I was younger, the words “Knights of Columbus” conjured up fond images of my grandfather donning his cape and plumed hat to march in a parade, or slipping into his regalia for a special Mass at his parish church. The Knights council helped coordinate an annual festival for people with developmental disabilities and my whole family volunteered. The Knights of Columbus were good guys in my eyes. They raised money for hot meals, warm clothes and wheelchairs for families that could not afford them.