A letter from the Vatican to a gay male couple who wrote to Pope Francis about their joy in having their three adopted children baptized after three years of repeated requests has caused excitement and consternation among Pope-watchers. LGBTQI Catholics and advocates greeted the news as an important pastoral signal; […]
Thomas Paprocki, the Catholic Bishop of Springfield, IL, recently made international headlines with a Decree that banned people in same-sex marriages from receiving Communion, the Sacrament of the Sick, or even Catholic burial unless they showed signs of repentance. Now, in a video posted by CNS,com, the Bishop extends the ban to […]
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 […]
Hi! We are the Duddy-Burkes: Becky, Emily, Fini, and Marianne, and we’re excited to be part of the Equally Blessed World Meeting of Families Pilgrimage. Becky and Marianne are a married lesbian couple. We live in Boston, Massachusetts and are active members of the Dignity/Boston Catholic community. We met at […]
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.
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.