The following information comes from the Public Religion Research Institute...Report | Catholic Attitudes on Gay and Lesbian Issues: A Comprehensive Portrait from Recent Research (2011)Catholics are more supportive of legal recognitions of same-sex relationships than members of any other Christian tradition and Americans overall. Nearly three-quarters of Catholics favor either allowing gay and lesbian people to marry (43%) or allowing them to form civil unions (31%). Only 22% of Catholics say there should be no legal recognition of a gay couple’s relationship. When same-sex marriage is defined explicitly as a civil marriage, support is dramatically higher among Catholics. If marriage for gay couples is defined as a civil marriage “like you get at city hall,” Catholic support for allowing gay couples to marry increases by 28 points, from 43% to 71%. A similar pattern exists in the general population, but the Catholic increase is more pronounced. Beyond the issue of same-sex marriage, Catholic support for rights for gays and lesbian people is strong and slightly higher than the general public. Nearly three-quarters (73%) of Catholics favor laws that would protect gay and lesbian people against discrimination in the workplace; 63% of Catholics favor allowing gay and lesbian people to serve openly in the military; and 6-in-10 (60%) Catholics favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to adopt children. Compared to the general church-going public, Catholics are significantly less likely to hear about the issue of homosexuality from their clergy, but those who do are much more likely to hear negative messages. Only about 1-in-4 (27%) Catholics who attend church services regularly say their clergy speak about the issue of homosexuality, but nearly two-thirds (63%) of this group say the messages they hear are negative. Compared to other religious groups, Catholics are significantly more likely to give their church poor marks for how it is handling the issue of homosexuality. Less than 4-in-10 (39%) Catholics give their own church top marks (a grade of either an A or a B) on its handling of the issue of homosexuality. Seven-in-ten Catholics say that messages from America’s places of worship contribute a lot (33%) or a little (37%) to higher rates of suicide among gay and lesbian youth. Catholics overwhelmingly reject the idea that sexual orientation can be changed. Nearly 7-in-10 (69%) Catholics disagree that homosexual orientation can be changed; less than 1-in-4 (23%) believe that it can be changed. A majority of Catholics (56%) believe that sexual relations between two adults of the same gender is not a sin. Among the general population, less than half (46%) believe it is not a sin (PRRI, Religion & Politics Tracking Survey, October 2010).
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Vision StatementDignityUSA envisions and works for a time when Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Catholics are affirmed and experience dignity through the integration of their spirituality with their sexuality, and as beloved persons of God participate fully in all aspects of life within the Church and Society.RECENT EVENT:Young Adult Mardi Gras and Roy Bourgeois LectureDignity/Washington Young Adults Host Mardi Gras CelebrationDignity/Washington's young adult group hosted the third annual community celebration of Shrove Tuesday, February 17. D/Washington members and friends of all ages were welcomed to the Dignity Center to enjoy pancakes, drinks, beads, and a 50-50 raffle to send some young adults to the DignityUSA Convention in Seattle this summer. Making pancakes Shrove Tuesday day is an old English tradition in order to use up all fatty ingredients before fasting for Lent.Roy Bourgeois Presented Public Lecture at Dignity/WashingtonOn Saturday, February 28 Dignity/Washington’s Guest Speaker Series was proud to host Roy Bourgeois who presented on his Peace, Justice, and Equality Journeys, at the Dignity Center.Roy Bourgeois spent four years in the military and received a Purple Heart in Vietnam. In 2010 he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. A Catholic priest for forty years, he was expelled from the priesthood in 2012 because of his public support for the ordination of women.With little more than the moral backing of his increasing number of supporters, Roy Bourgeois has waged, and continues to lead, battles for peace, for social justice against military oppression of the poor, and for the inclusion of women in full participation in the Catholic Church.For more information, you might wish to visit www.soaw.org and www.roybourgeoisjourney.org, or read: 1) Disturbing the Peace: The Story of Father Roy Bourgeois and the Movement to Close the School of the Americas, by James Hodge and Linda Cooper with a Foreword by Martin Sheen; and 2) My Journey From Silence to Solidarity; Why a Catholic Priest for 40 Years Was Expelled from the Priesthood, by Roy Bourgeois.
UPCOMING EVENTS: Queer Catholic Faith WebinarsQCF: Unity in DIVERSITYApr 7, 2015 9:00 PM EasternDoes your chapter, caucus or community fit that description? Join a small panel to hear effective ways to prepare for and inspire diverse and inclusive participation in your community.For more information, visit the DignityUSA QueerCatholicFaithpage.