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The World Meeting of Families

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Dublin, Ireland was chosen by Pope Francis to host the next World Meeting of Families from August 21-26, and we were among the only LGBTQI Catholic voices on the ground. Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director of DignityUSA, attended the event with her wife and children to provide a critical, progressive Catholic voice on issues relating to LGBTQI Catholic families, such as marriage, sexuality, and raising children. Francis DeBernardo, Executive Director of New Ways Ministry, provided news coverage of the event from an LGBTQI perspective on Bondings 2.0.

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Welcome to the World Meeting of Families

Follow Marianne and her family as they explore Dublin and represent LGBTQI Catholics at the World Meeting of Families!

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Our representatives

Meet the Duddy-BurkesThe Duddy-Burke family

Hi! We are the Duddy-Burkes: Becky, Emily, Finn, and Marianne, and we’re excited to represent Equally Blessed at the 2018 World Meeting of Families. We feel called to attend the World Meeting of Families on behalf of all of the families formed by same-sex couples, especially those formed by adoption…

Meet Francis DeBernardoFrancis DeBernado

Francis DeBernardo has served since 1996 as Executive Director of New Ways Ministry, a 41-year old national Catholic ministry of justice and reconciliation for LGBT Catholics and the wider Church community. He has conducted programs on LGBT issues and Catholicism in religious and secular settings throughout the United States, Latin America, and Europe…

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Looking Toward the Youth Synod and Helping Young LGBT Catholics Tell Their Stories Equal Future 2018

August 29, 2018. Now that the World Meeting of Families is over, it’s time to look forward to the next major Catholic Church event: the Synod of Bishops discussing youth and the church…

What I Learned at the World Meeting of Families

August 28, 2018. When I set out for Ireland nine days ago, I thought I was going there to report on a church conference. Instead, the experience has felt more like I was covering a revolution…

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In the news

Ahead of World Meeting of Families, event amplifies excluded voicesStage in Dublin, Ireland

August 21, 2018. The absence of “voices” is becoming something of a theme of the World Meeting of Families, beginning with the editing out of Los Angeles auxiliary Bishop David O’Connell’s words of recognition of the existence of LGBT families from the Amoris Laetitia resource video for the international gathering…

Tech Company Withdraws From WMoF Over Treatment Of LGBT+ GroupsCatholic bishop

August 16, 2018. This afternoon on Twitter, co-founder of waytoB Talita Holzer made the announcement that they have decided to withdraw from the event after learning that LGBT+ groups were denied a paid stand on the grounds of a lack of space…

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Press releases

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

August 17, 2018. 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 current Catholic crises and controversies….

LGBT Catholic Groups Ignored by Vatican World Meeting of FamiliesGNRC logo

July 24, 2018. The GNRC (Global Network of Rainbow Catholics) is “deeply dismayed and disappointed” by the lack of response from officials overseeing the World Meeting of Families 2018 in Dublin, Ireland…

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Father James Martin: How parishes can welcome L.G.B.T. Catholics (Full text)

James Martin

This talk was delivered at the Vatican’s World Meeting of Families in Dublin, Ireland, on Aug. 23, 2018.