God Is On Your Side: A Statement from Catholic Bishops on Protecting LGBT Youth

As Catholic Bishops in the United States, we join with the Tyler Clementi Foundation in standing up for at-risk LGBT youth in our country.  

As we see in the Gospels, Jesus Christ taught love, mercy and welcome for all people, especially for those who felt persecuted or marginalized in any way; and the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that LGBT people are to be treated with “respect, compassion and sensitivity.”  

All people of goodwill should help, support, and defend LGBT youth; who attempt suicide at much higher rates than their straight counterparts; who are often homeless because of families who reject them; who are rejected, bullied and harassed; and who are the target of violent acts at alarming rates.

The Catholic Church values the God-given dignity of all human life and we take this opportunity to say to our LGBT friends, especially young people, that we stand with you and oppose any form of violence, bullying or harassment directed at you.   

Most of all, know that God created you, God loves you and God is on your side.

If you are a Catholic Bishop and would like to add your name, please email Jane@TylerClementi.org

If you would like to share your gratitude to the Catholic Bishops who have boldly and courageously added their names to this statement, please click here.

If your Bishop hasn’t signed, please reach out and encourage him to join us in sharing love and hope into our world.

Participating Catholic Bishops
  • Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin
  • Archbishop John C. Wester 
  • Bishop Steven Biegler
  • Bishop John P. Dolan
  • Bishop Thomas Gumbleton
  • Bishop Joseph R. Kopacz
  • Bishop Robert McElroy
  • Bishop Denis Madden 
  • Bishop Ricardo Ramirez 
  • Bishop Alberto Rojas
  • Bishop Oscar A. Solis
  • Bishop John Stowe 
  • Bishop Anthony B. Taylor
  • Bishop Edward Weisenburger


Catholic Parishes, Religious Orders, Organizations, and Schools supporting the Statement

149 as of 05/12/2021


Catholic Parishes 

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  1. Historic Saint Paul Catholic Church, Lexington, Kentucky
  2. Holy Trinity Catholic Church
  3. Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Bourbonnais, Illinois
  4. Padre Serra Parrish, Camarillo, California
  5. Parish of Saint Francis de Sales, New York, New York
  6. Saint Francis Of Rome Catholic Church, Riverbank, California
  7. Saint Mary Catholic Faith Community, Hales Corners, Wisconsin
  8. Saint Patrick Parish, Whitinsville, Massachusetts, 
  9. Saint Teresa of Avila Catholic Parish, Chicago, Illinois
  10. Saint Vincent de Paul Parish, Chicago, Illinois

Catholic Orders

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  1. Leadership Conference of Women Religious
  2. Adorers of the Blood of Christ, U.S. Region
  3. Adrian Dominican Sisters
  4. Association of US Catholic Priests
  5. Atlantic Midwest Province of the School Sisters of Notre Dame
  6. Basilian Fathers *
  7. Benedictine Sisters of Chicago
  8. Carmelite Sisters of Baltimore
  9. Clerics of St. Viator
  10. Congregation of Divine Providence, San Antonio, TX
  11. Congregation of St. Joseph
  12. Congregation of the Holy Spirit
  13. Congregation of the Infant Jesus, Rockville Centre, NY
  14. Dominican Friars, Central Province
  15. Dominican Sisters – Grand Rapids
  16. Dominican Sisters of Hope
  17. Dominican Sisters of Houston
  18. Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose
  19. Dominican Sisters of Peace
  20. Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa
  21. Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, New York
  22. Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North America, Province Leadership Team
  23. Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn
  24. Franciscan Sisters of Allegany
  25. Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
  26. Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration
  27. Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart
  28. IHM Sisters of Monroe, Michigan – Leadership Council
  29. Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States
  30. Leadership Team for US-EW Province Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur
  31. Leadership Team of Sisters of the Congregation de Notre Dame, Blessed Sacrament Province, USA
  32. Leadership Team Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace
  33. Leadership Team, US Province, School Sisters of St. Francis
  34. Loretto Sisters/Loretto Community
  35. Marianist Province of the United States
  36. Marianites of Holy Cross
  37. Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers
  38. Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic, Inc.
  39. Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart
  40. Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, U.S. Province
  41. Missionaries of the Precious Blood – Cincinnati Province
  42. Missionaries of the Precious Blood – Kansas City Province Justice and Peace Committee
  43. Moreau Province of the Congregation of Holy Cross
  44. OMI Lacombe Canada
  45. Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters
  46. Paulist Fathers
  47. Provincial Council of the USA Province of Marist Brothers
  48. Religious Brothers Conference
  49. School Sisters of Notre Dame, Central Pacific Province
  50. Sisters of Bon Secours, USA
  51. Sisters of Charity of Nazareth
  52. Sisters of Charity of New York
  53. Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  54. Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word – San Antonio
  55. Sisters of Divine Providence
  56. Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
  57. Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods
  58. Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, New York
  59. Sisters of Saint Dominic of Caldwell
  60. Sisters of Saint Francis, Rochester, MN
  61. Sisters of Saint Francis of Sylvania, Ohio
  62. Sisters of Saint Joseph
  63. Sisters of Saint Joseph of Baden, PA
  64. Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet, Albany NY Province
  65. Sisters of Saint Joseph of Chambéry
  66. Sisters of Saint Ursula
  67. Sisters of Saint Benedict of Ferdinand, Indiana
  68. Sisters of Saint Francis of Philadelphia.
  69. Sisters of Saint Joseph of Orange
  70. Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis
  71. Sisters of the Good Shepherd New York/Toronto Province
  72. Sisters of the Holy Names U.S.-Ontario Province Leadership Team
  73. Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict – St. Joseph, Minnesota
  74. Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Scranton, PA
  75. Society of Mount Carmel – Order of Carmelites
  76. Society of Saint Edmund (Edmundites)
  77. Society of the Divine Savior, USA Province
  78. Society of the Holy Child Jesus – American Province
  79. Society of the Sacred Heart USC Province
  80. The Congregational Leadership Team of The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
  81. The Leadership of the Franciscan Friars of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Province, Holy Name Province, Our Lady of Guadalupe Province, Sacred Heart Province, St. Barbara Province and Saint John the Baptist Province
  82. The Leadership Team of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (District of Eastern North America)
  83. The Leadership Team of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, IL
  84. The Leadership Team of the Sisters of St. Dominic of Amityville
  85. The Presentation Sisters of Dubuque Iowa
  86. U.S. Federation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph
  87. U.S. Province, Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate
  88. Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland
  89. Ursuline Sisters of Louisville
  90. Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown
  91. Ursulines of the Roman Union – USA Provinces
  92. Xaverian Brothers

Catholic Organizations

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  1. Alliance of Catholic Healthy Care – Sacramento
  2. Call To Action
  3. Catholic Committee of Appalachia
  4. Center for FaithJustice
  5. Common Spirit Health
  6. Cristo Rey Network
  7. Dignity Health
  8. Diocese of Lexington LGBT Ministry
  9. Fortunate Families, Inc.
  10. Grotto Network
  11. Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC)
  12. Ignatian West
  13. Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, Seattle University
  14. International Movement of Catholic Students – Pax Romana
  15. Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) Northwest
  16. Jesuit Volunteer Corps,
  17. Marianist Lay Community of North America (MLC-NA)
  18. Maryknoll Lay Missioners
  19. Out in the Diocese of Allentown
  20. Providence
  21. The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Inc.
  22. The Southern California Partners for Global Justice
  23. United Catholic Youth Ministries in Evanston, Illinois,
  24. Ursuline Ministries

Catholic Schools

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  1. Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU)
  2. Cabrini University
  3. Carlow University
  4. Chestnut Hill College
  5. Christian Brothers University
  6. DePaul University Mission and Ministry
  7. DeSales University
  8. Edgewood College
  9. Jesuit Schools Network
  10. Josephinum Academy of the Sacred Heart
  11. Junipero Serra High School
  12. Holy Child Network of Schools
  13. Holy Names University
  14. Holy Trinity School
  15. Lewis University
  16. Mercy Education
  17. Saint Edward’s University, a Holy Cross Institution
  18. Saint John’s University, New York
  19. Saint Joseph’s College of Maine
  20. University of Saint Michael’s College

Individuals sharing gratitude for all these Institutions supporting the statement





*If you are a Catholic Order, Organization or School and you would like to add your support, please email Jane@TylerClementi.org