We offer prayers for all who will participate in the Extraordinary Synod, and for all who minister tirelessly to families throughout the world. We join with all who believe that caring for families is a vital ministry of the Catholic Church. We believe that the Church has the obligation to care for all families, no matter how they are formed, and to do so in a way that is marked by compassion and respect.
WASHINGTON, D. C., June 21, 2014—The Equally Blessed coalition released the following statement regarding President Obama’s executive order granting protection for LGBT employees of organizations that take federal money: As Catholics committed to full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, we applaud President Obama’s decision to sign an […]
Employment, Benefits and Services Threatened for LGBT People, Allies June 30, 2014. Members of Equally Blessed, a coalition of Catholic organizations committed to equality and justice for LGBT people released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores. The Supreme Court’s ruling could […]
The Synod on the Family’s guiding document reflects the Bishops’ unwillingness to listen to LGBT Catholics’ lived realities. June 26, 2014. Today, the Equally Blessed Coalition released the following statement regarding the Vatican’s guiding document for the Synod on the Family: The Equally Blessed Coalition is disappointed by the lack of […]
Equally Blessed supports President Obama’s plans to sign an executive order granting protection for LGBT employees, and urges him to not include a religious exemption. WASHINGTON, D. C., June 27, 2014—The Equally Blessed coalition released the following statement regarding President Obama’s plans to sign an executive order granting protection for LGBT […]
In response to the Bishop’s National Marriage Week campaign, the Equally Blessed coalition urges US Catholics to pray for the inclusion and celebration of same-sex couples in the Catholic Church.
Boston, MA., February 6, 2014—Today, the Equally Blessed coalition released the following statement regarding the US Conference of Catholic Bishop’s call for Catholics to participate in “National Marriage Day” on February 9 and “National Marriage Week” on February 7-14:
The National Marriage Week campaign’s limited scope creates an unwelcoming Church for the thousands of US Catholics in same-sex marriages who live their lives as shining examples of love in the face of discrimination. By encouraging local parishes to observe “National Marriage Day” during Sunday mass, the bishops are once again using the liturgy as a weapon to further alienate LGBT Catholics and their supporters.
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.
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.
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 […]