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lgbt choir outside the gates of the wmof

Chasing rainbows at World Meeting of Families

…The event also included a poignant testimony from Marianne Duddy-Burke, executive director of DignityUSA, who recounted the struggles that she and her wife, Becky, had trying to adopt their two children, Emily and Finn, from a Catholic agency. One of the children was born addicted to heroin and the other […]

Final panel session at WMF

Sexual abuse survivor and advocate Marie Collins, former member of the Papal Commission on Safeguarding Children, received a warm expression of appreciation for her work. Marie Collins and the other panelists were outspoken about the universality of abuse and cover up and outlined critical steps still to be taken to […]

LGBT family shares hopes for World Meeting of Families

Hundreds of thousands of families are attending the World Meeting of Families, including those with same sex parents. Currents News Michelle Powers speaks with one “rainbow family” as the meeting in Dublin discusses the role of LGBT Catholics in the Church. Via Currents News. For more information on Equally Blessed’s […]

Dublin's LGBT Choruses

Photos from Fr. James Martin’s talk

The audience for James Martin, SJ’s talk – overflow capacity, and many turned away. Estimated 1,200 people attending. James Martin’s talk had three sections. First, he outlined six characteristics of LGBT (these are the initials he used) Catholics. The second section covered ten things parishes could do to be more […]

Members of the press event

Photos from the August 20 press conference

Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director of DignityUSA and founding member of the Equally Blessed coalition, worked with Dr. Mary McAleese, the former president of Ireland, and the Wijngaards Insitute to announce the start of a new academic study that will examine Vatican teaching on homosexuality and gender theology. Pictured above at […]

Emily being interviewed for NET TV (NY Catholic television)

Hello from Dublin!

Hello from Dublin! Following yesterday’s press conference, I had a chance to meet with some of Ireland’s leading transgender Catholic activists. Awesome, energetic visionaries! Today was a day of speaking with additional media, including the Washington Blade, NET TV in New York, and NBCOut. Our family also got our registration […]

Equally Blessed is at the World Meeting of Families!

Dublin, Ireland was chosen by Pope Francis to host the next World Meeting of Families from August 21-26, and we are the only LGBTQI Catholic coalition in the world to have official representation there. Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director of DignityUSA, will attend the event with her wife and children to […]

Mary McAleese

Mary McAleese and Theologians to Challenge Vatican Teaching on the Eve of the Papal Visit

– For immediate release – Time:   Monday, 20th August at 4.00pm Place:  Trinity School of Religion, ISE-Loyola Building, Trinity College Dublin Dr. Mary McAleese, will launch the Wijngaards Institute’s new academic research report on ‘LGBT Catholics & Gender Theologies’ during a press conference on Monday, August 20. This will be followed by a panel discussion confronting […]