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DignityUSA is an organization with headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts that focuses on LGBT rights and the Roman Catholic Church. Dignity Canada exists as the Canadian sister organization.
DignityUSA has local chapters across the United States and Canada, where members socialize and worship with LGBT and supportive Catholics. Members also gather to share personal and spiritual concerns and work together on educational and homosexual rights issues.
In 2009, the executive director, Marianne Duddy-Burke, spoke about her disagreement with remarks by Pope Benedict XVI that condom distribution increased AIDS prevalence.
Because of their opposition to official Catholic teaching that homosexual acts are "acts of grave depravity",, neither DignityUSA nor Dignity Canada are recognized entities within the Catholic Church. Author Peter Kreeft, in his book "Catholic Christianity: A Complete Catechism of Catholic Beliefs Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church", examines the difference between Dignity and its Church-sanctioned counterpart, Courage International, stating that Dignity is like a child telling its parents what to do while Courage is a parent guiding its child to the proper decisions.
International Sister Groups Edit
A similar organization exists in the UK known as Quest.
See also Edit
- DignityUSA official website
- Dignity Canada official website
- Quest official website
- USCCB Pastoral Message Always Our Children
- Finding aid to the Dignity/USA records at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives
- Acceptance Sydney - LGBT Catholic group with similar function in Australia
- Ecumenical Working Group "Homosexuality and the Church" - German organization with similar function
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