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 Oscar A. Solis
  • Bishop John Stowe 
  • Bishop Anthony B. Taylor
  • Bishop Edward Weisenburger


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

Catholic Religious Orders, Organizations and Schools Supporting the Statement 

  1. The Leadership Conference of Women Religious
  2. Religious Brothers Conference
  3. Adorers of the Blood of Christ, U.S. Region
  4. Adrian Dominican Sisters
  5. Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU)
  6. Association of US Catholic Priests
  7. Atlantic Midwest Province of the School Sisters of Notre Dame
  8. Basilian Fathers
  9. Benedictine Sisters of Chicago
  10. Cabrini University
  11. Catholic Committee of Appalachia
  12. Call To Action
  13. Carmelite Sisters of Baltimore
  14. Center for FaithJustice in Lawrenceville, NJ
  15. Chestnut Hill College
  16. Christian Brothers University
  17. Clerics of Saint Viator
  18. Congregation of Divine Providence from San Antonio, TX
  19. Congregation of St. Joseph
  20. Congregation of the Holy Spirit
  21. Congregation of the Infant Jesus, Rockville Centre, NY
  22. Cristo Rey Network
  23. DePaul University Mission and Ministry
  24. Diocese of Lexington LGBT Ministry
  25. Dominican Friars, Central Province
  26. Dominican Sisters – Grand Rapids
  27. Dominican Sisters of Hope
  28. Dominican Sisters of Houston
  29. Dominican Sisters of Peace
  30. Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa
  31. Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North America, Province Leadership Team
  32. Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn
  33. Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, NY
  34. Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
  35. Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration
  36. Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart
  37. Fortunate Families, Inc.
  38. Grotto Network
  39. Holy Child Network of Schools
  40. Ignatian Volunteer Corps
  41. IHM Sisters of Monroe, Michigan – Leadership Council 
  42. Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, Seattle University
  43. International Movement of Catholic Students – Pax Romana
  44. Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States
  45. Jesuit Schools Network
  46. Jesuit Volunteer Corps
  47. Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) Northwest
  48. Josephinum Academy of the Sacred Heart
  49. Leadership Team for US-EW Province Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur
  50. Leadership Team of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, IL
  51. Leadership Team Sisters of Saint Joseph of Peace
  52. Leadership Team, US Province, School Sisters of St. Francis
  53. Lewis University
  54. Loretto Sisters/Loretto Community
  55. Marianist Lay Community of North America (MLC-NA)
  56. Marianist Province of the United States
  57. Marianist Social Justice Collaborative Steering Committee
  58. Marianites of Holy Cross
  59. Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers
  60. Maryknoll Lay Missioners
  61. Maryknoll Sisters of Saint Dominic, Inc.
  62. Mercy Education
  63. Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart
  64. Missionaries of the Precious Blood – Cincinnati Province
  65. Missionaries of the Precious Blood – Kansas City Province Justice and Peace Committee
  66. Moreau Province of the Congregation of Holy Cross
  67. Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters
  68. Paulist Fathers
  69. Provincial Council of the USA Province of Marist Brothers
  70. Saint Benedict of Ferdinand, Indiana 
  71. Saint Edward’s University, a Holy Cross Institution
  72. Saint John’s University, New York
  73. Saint Joseph’s College of Maine
  74. School Sisters of Notre Dame, Central Pacific Province
  75. Sisters of Bon Secours, USA
  76. Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word – San Antonio
  77. Sisters of Charity of Nazareth
  78. Sisters of Charity of New York
  79. Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
  80. Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  81. Sisters of Divine Providence, Melbourne, KY
  82. Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, New York
  83. Sisters of Saint Dominic of Caldwell, New Jersey
  84. Sisters of Saint Francis of Philadelphia
  85. Sisters of Saint Francis, Rochester, MN
  86. Sisters of Saint Joseph of Baden, Philadelphia
  87. Sisters of Saint Joseph of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia
  88. Sisters of Saint Joseph of Chambéry
  89. Sisters of Saint Joseph of Orange
  90. Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods
  91. Sisters of the Good Shepherd New York/Toronto Province
  92. Sisters of the Holy Names U.S.-Ontario Province Leadership Team
  93. Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict – St. Joseph, Minnesota
  94. Sisters of Saint Ursula
  95. Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Scranton, PA
  96. Society of Saint Edmund (Edmundites)
  97. Society of the Divine Savior, USA Province
  98. Society of Mt Carmel – Order of Carmelites
  99. Society of the Holy Child Jesus – American Province
  100. Society of the Sacred Heart USC Province
  101. The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Inc.
  102. 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 St. John the Baptist Province
  103. The Leadership Team of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (District of Eastern North America)
  104. The Leadership Team of the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Amityville
  105. The Leadership Team of the Sisters of the Congregation de Notre Dame,
    Blessed Sacrament Province, USA
  106. The Presentation Sisters of Dubuque, Iowa
  107. United Catholic Youth Ministries in Evanston, Illinois
  108. Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland
  109. Ursuline Sisters of Louisville
  110. Ursulines of the Roman Union – USA Provinces
  111. U.S. Federation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph
  112. U.S. Province, Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate
  113. Viator House of Hospitality
  114. Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER)
  115. Xaverian Brothers