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Dignity Canada Dignit
is Canada's organization of Roman Catholics who are concerned about our church's sexual theology, particularly as it pertains to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons. We work in collaboration with other Catholic organizations seeking reform in our church's leadership and teachings. Membership is open to all who share our concerns.

We work within and without the Church to promote the full personhood of those who belong to sexual minorities, and we celebrate our sexuality as a gift of God. We believe our loving relationships are intrinsically good, and worthy of recognition as marriage in civil law as well as in the eyes of God.
 
We are informed and faithful Catholics who are urging our church leaders to consider modern scientific and political understandings of sexual orientation and gender equality. We participate in the activities of Call to Action, Catholic Organizations for Renewal, and the Coalition of Concerned Canadian Catholics, and we publicly challenge our bishops whenever these leaders preach hatred and discrimination of gay and lesbian people, or oppose us in our quest for full citizenship.
 
Whereas many gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Catholics have left the church in sorrow and disgust, we continue to practice our Catholic faith despite these overt differences with our temporal leaders. We claim our rightful place as members of Christ's mystical body, and live the sacramental life of the church, openly and visibly as gay and lesbian people of conscience
 
We of Dignity Canada Dignit do not wish to be confused with so-called Catholic ministries who premise that we are objectively disordered, intrinsically evil persons in need of conversion.

We believe that, in terms of our life experience, no one can, nor should, speak for us but ourselves.

Dignity operates local chapters in several Canadian cities where members come together for worship and social activities; our newsletter brings members news and editorials of interest to gay and lesbian Catholics.


Our chapters across Canada:

Vancouver
Edmonton
Regina
Winnipeg
Toronto
Ottawa
Montreal

Dignity Canada Dignit 
National Officers
 

President: Frank Testin, Toronto
Secretary: 
Norman Prince, Montreal
Treasurer: Kevin Simpson, Vancouver

Past President: Dennis Benoit, Vancouver
National Editor: Joe Brabant, Ottawa
National Chaplain: Thomas Novak, Winnipeg
Webmaster: 
Norman Prince, 
Montreal

info@dignitycanada.org

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Donations are gratefully accepted

Suggested Readings

Results of the Vatican Synod Survey

Spiritual Reflection:
Jesus and the Leper: the Touch that Restores

In our LGBT community, we know something of the reality of being a leper.

Recommended Books of Interest to LGBT Catholics

Queer Spirit: Mystery and Sacrament on Brokeback Mountain 

Pastoral Ministry to Young People: Two Perspectives

Sexual Ethics: Experience, Growth, and Challenge - A Pastoral Reflection for Lesbian and Gay Catholics by the Dignity Task Force on Sexual Ethics (1989)

Letter on Pastoral Care of Gay and Lesbian Persons (1987): Dignity's response to the Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church (1986)

What the Bible says about homosexuality and other frequently asked questions

Is Homosexuality a Sin?
nineteen theologians were asked

Official Roman Catholic doctrine about homosexual persons as written in the Catechism of the Catholic Church

Encyclicals, pastoral letters, and other statements concerning homosexual persons from our bishops in Rome and at home

Frequently Asked Questions about being gay and Catholic

Historical news and opinion articles from the media

Bible Search Engine:  Try it!

Dignity's Official Statement of Position and Purpose in five languages

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