EB in the News

National coverage of the Equally Blessed pilgrimage to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia

Twenty LGBTQI Catholics and their family members traveled to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia from September 20-25, 2015, as part of the Equally Blessed Pilgrimage. Here is a sampling of some of the coverage we've received.

Round up of coverage of Equally Blessed's eviction from St. John the Evangelist Parish in Philadelphia

Last week, news broke of Equally Blessed's eviction from St. John the Evangelist in Philadelphia, a Catholic parish that had opened its door to us during the World Meeting of Families. Since then, a variety of different news outlets have covered the story. A summary of that coverage appears here:

Pope Francis's Comments On Heterosexual Parenting Alienate Gay Catholics

The Equally Blessed pilgrimage to World Meeting of Families was featured in this Huffington Post article about the ways Pope Francis' statements on parenting alienated LGBTQ parents.

Pope's visit will have 'the world's attention'

Below is an excerpt from an article by the Courier-Post which features Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director of DignityUSA, talking about why her family chose to participate in Equally Blessed's pilgrimage to World Meeting of Families. Learn more about Equally Blessed's World Meeting of Families pilgrimage.

March 23, 2015-- Marianne Duddy-Burke, a Boston woman who leads DignityUSA, a group of gay Catholics, said she's hoping for a symbolic gesture from Francis.

"As a gay family, we're going (to the World Meeting) to talk about our experiences," said the married mother of two. "We want them to know what it's like to try to live an authentically faithful life as a Catholic family with two moms."

LGBT advocates ponder how to benefit from Francis' visit

Below is an excerpt from an article by Philadelphia Inquirer on the important opportunity for LGBTQ Catholics to participate in Pope Francis' World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. Read about Equally Blessed's commitment to send 14 LGBTQ Catholics and their family members to World Meeting of Families.

March 24, 2015-- Otto and Lassiter said a local Dignity chapter could be an "organizing tool" for the group. Dignity was founded in 1969 and has a membership of about 6,000 spread across 35 chapters.

Yet Dignity has "not been invited to participate" in the World Meeting, executive director Marianne Duddy-Burke said from the organization's Boston headquarters.

Catholic Bishops In United Kingdom Open Dialogue Before Synod On The Family

(This is an excerpt from an article written by Bob Shine of New Ways Ministry that was posted on Believe Out Loud.)

November 18, 2014- Such an open discussion is what is needed here in the United States, and it was exactly that kind of discussion that Equally Blessed, a coalition of Catholic groups that work for LGBT equality, asked of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) last week. Coalition members including Call To ActionDignityUSAFortunate FamiliesNew Ways Ministry, sent a letter to the conference last week in which they asked the bishops the following:

Reactions to the family synod range from concern to elation

From the National Catholic Reporter:

November 10, 2014: Equally Blessed, a coalition of four U.S. Catholic organizations focused on equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people, said Oct. 18 that the synod reflected that some bishops recognize the Vatican must change its language toward gay people.

Gay Catholic Ministry Responds to Vatican's Message of Welcome

Excerpt from the Windy City Times:

October 13, 2014: Equally Blessed, a coalition of Catholic organizations committed to justice and equality for LGBT people in the church and society, released the following statement in response to the Synod on the Family's recently released midterm report, which states that "Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer the Christian community":

Many Religious Leaders Oppose Religious Exemption in Anti-Discrimination Order

From Religion Dispatches:

Equally Blessed, a coalition of four pro-LGBT rights Catholic organizations, issued this statement on June 27:


"A broad religious exemption would affect not only ministers but thousands of educators, health care providers and nonprofit administrators employed by the Catholic Church..."