Help us show our gratitude to all the Catholic Bishops who have so boldly and courageously signed “God Is On Your Side: A Statement from Catholic Bishops on Protecting LGBT Youth.”

 Please add your name in support of the Catholic Bishops, and if you wish you can add a comment as well.  

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

 

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Alyssa Cataldo from Tappan
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Keely Daly from Kansas City
This is so important. We need Church leaders to speak louder than the years of casting shame on people. Thank you for spreading love and understanding.
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Martha M from Green Bay, WI
Your willingness to speak with the heart and compassion of Jesus, provides great hope. - Signed a bi-gender lay person who God has called to full time ministry in the church for many years. Thank you
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Kathleen Durkin, CSJ from Wheeling
Thank you bishops.
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Joan Dupnik from Phoenix
Thank you for signing.
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Kathleen Walsh from UPPER SADDLE RIVER
Thank you for signing.
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Celeste Bonfanti from BURLINGTON NJ
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this welcoming step. Too often our church plays judge and jury rather than shepherd. This is a beautiful, pastoral act.
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Ronald Betz from columbus
My gratitude to the Bishops who have signed this as well as for all the marginalized peoples of the world. We are all equal and loved by God.
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Joseph Gentilini, PhD from Hilliard
Thank you for the courage to stand up for our LGBTQ persons in our society and church. The Church should be in the forefront on being against discrimination.
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Stephanie S. Streett from Little Rock
Thank you Bishop Anthony B Taylor for affirming your love and support of our LGBTQ sisters and brothers.
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Patty Giannotti from Berwick, Maine
Every human life is equally valuable in Godโ€™s eyes. Thank you for acknowledging this simple truth publicly.
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Marcus Mescher from Cincinnati, OH
This is what it means to be witnesses of Jesus' inclusive, merciful love. Truly our LGBTQ siblings are "wonderfully made" by God (Psalm 139:14).
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Pat Tweedy from Floral Park NY
Thank you for your leadership in reminding the people of God that we are all obligated to show love to ALL people.
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Cindy Brown from San Diego
Thank you, Bishops, for your public statement in support of LGBTQ+ persons.
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Sr. Rebecca Ann Gemma, OP from Springfield
Thank you for your commitment to the Living Word of God and for witnessing to a truth profoundly needed in the world today.
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Fr James Poulsen from San Diego
Thank you Bishop McElroy and Bishop Dolan and the other Bishops who stand with our LGBT youth; you make us proud and give us hope...
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Diane Palmer from Etna
Thank you Bishop Steven! I am In gratitude for your courage and following Godโ€™s command to love one another. Diane Palmer
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William C Miller from Girard PA
Thank you for your pastoral care in showing the love and acceptance that Jesus called us to follow. Peace
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Doug Nimrick from Rock Island, IL
Thank you
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Mark Bourke from New York
Thank you for restoring my faith in the Church by embodying the message of care, love and compassion brought by Jesus. You are courageous leaders fighting for the marginalised just as Jesus did. God bless you and all our brothers & sisters of the LGBTQ community.
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Karen DiPippa from Little Rock
Thank all of you who have signed to be public witnesses to the Word. It really needn't be this difficult. Heartfelt thanks!
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Dave Lentz from Bethel Park
Love Thy Neighbor
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Meghan Fitzpatrick from Philadelphia PA
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Mary Maloney from Sebastopol
I am grateful to the bishops for speaking out and walking the walk. As Jesus has asked of us.
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Scott Gedeon from Avon Lake OH
Thank you for your courage and setting an example of how to be your brother's keeper. God bless you.
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Pedro Nogues from Mexico City
Specially today! Thanks for being an example that there is hope in the Church
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Sue Woehlcke from Lansdale
Thank you for signing your support.
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Jane Jacobson from Centennial, CO.
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Ed Winkofsky from Dayton
Thank you.
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Catherine Coluzzi from Copake, NY
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Megan Barrera from Wichita
Thank you !
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Kay Daniels from Frankfort, KY
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Paul from Norfolk
Thank you. It is so disappointing that support for this is not universal. The Catholic Church continues its long and dreadful history of not following the teachings of Jesus.
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marianne firlit from burr ridge illinois
Iโ€™m an MD PhD a Catholic and a Spiritual Director. Thank you for supporting Gods people.
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Avery DeMarco from Erie
It is good to see acceptance to those the Church has turned their head away from for so long. It was a long time coming, but progress is being made. The LGBTQ+ is now being loved as Jesus wanted them to be.
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Michelle Valencia-Stark from Albuquerque
I'm very proud to be a part of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe and to know that Archbishop Wester has signed this initiative.
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.s margretta dwyer from Omaha,Ne
[At last they are speaking up.
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Carolina Webber from Inman
Thank you for supporting our GLBTQ community!
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Aurora Otero from New York city
Gracias por su apoyo a los jรณvenes de LGBT.
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Marta Isabel Teixeira de Sousa e Silva from Lisboa
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Angela Langevin from Lambertville, MI
Thank you, Bishops, for your brave and compassionate leadership. You are truly men of God.
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Timothy Joseph Barder from Glen Ellyn
All actions have consequences and the realized consequences more often than not reveal the true intent of the actions. I laud these Bishops' actions as the intent is truly consequential to our Faith.
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Jennifer Flynn from Beulah, Mi
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Mary B. Morris from Woodhaven, New York
Thank you for your courage and pastoral care.
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Michael DeTemple, O.P. from Springfield, IL
Thank you, bishops and everyone one else who has signed in support of the bishops for publicly expressing your support of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters. God created them and loves them and would want us all to do the same.
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Raymond Moland from Oak Park
Thank you for this step.
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Mary B Marsh from INDIANAPOLIS, IN
Thank you for being such wonderful faith leaders. You give us hope in our Church!
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Richard Peddicord, O.P. from River Forest, Illinois
Thanks for your witness to the Gospel.
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Jayne Porcelli from New York
Thank you so much for reaching out in love to the LGBTQ community in love. It is much appreciated.
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Maria Soledad Soler Ardanaz from Zabaldika, Navarra Spain
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Anne Vlcek from Grand Rapids
Thank you for speaking up. It takes courage to do so. Now a statement/stand for ALL LGBT humans. Again, thank you.
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Leanne Kerschner, OSF from Tiffin
Thank you for stepping forward. Blessings to you.
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Sisters of St. Francis of Tiffin, Ohio from Tiffin
With gratitude for your response to our brothers and sisters
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Barbara Hansen from Grand Rapids
Thank you. May your courage and compassion spread among your fellow bishops. We so need to have this kind of leadership.
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Sally Tardani from Norton Shores
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Mary M Nausadis from Grand Haven
I am so grateful that you are able to see the value in every single human that has been created by our loving God. Jesus was never exclusive and neither should we be. Thank you
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Orlanda Leyba, OP from Inkster, MI
Blessings on your courage to stand up for ALL Godโ€™s people.
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Marilyn Wilson BVM from Sunnyvale CA
Thank you for having the courage to speak up for the dignity of all people and especially for our LGBTQ+ persons. May we all work to change unjust laws. In gratitude.
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Bibiana Boerio from Latrobe
Thank you for your courage.
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Fr. John Vien from St. Louis, MO
Thank you, Bishops, Men & Women Religious, and all people of good will for supporting and protecting our LGBT youth, who are made in the image and likeness of God and deserving of our respect, compassion, and sensitivity.
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Laura Murray from Mesa Arizona
Thank you to the Bishops that have signed the statement. I hope many more Bishops sign.
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Ginny Primack from Lake Forest
Dear Bishops, You are doing just what Our Lord would do..and I know how much courage that takes. Our hearts are with you and we are grateful beyond telling for your living out the Gospel call.
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Carmen Hernandez PBVM from Dubuque
My gratitude.
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Laura Dillman from Baltimore
It is a pleasure to support this initiative. His love is universal, we need to act accordingly. Thank you
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Nico van der Peet from Amsterdam
RC priest of the diocese Haarlem-Amsterdam
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Jeroen Heemink from Zevenaar, the Netherlands
Thanks for your brave testimony. I hope the world Church will follow soon, especially the bishop of Rome, whom I admire greatly. I am so glad with this initiative!
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Michele Lassiter from Spokane, WA
I stand with and applaude these Bishops and institutions supporting our LGBTQ+ friends. I do hope they are also taking action against the heinous letter circulated by the USCCB regarding the Equality Act.
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Virginia Welsh
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Joe Thilman from Troy
In these days of demonstrations of bigotry and hurtfullness, it is good to see displays of Jesus' message of compassion and acceptance.
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Judith B Hofmann from Fostoria
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Ben Regotti, OFM Cap. from Philadelphia
Tyler Clementi Foundation, God bless you and thank you for being a sign of God's loving, merciful presence in our world. Episcopal Dozen, thank you too!
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Gemma Doll from Columbus
Dominican Sisters of Peace support the Bishops for protecting LGBT Youth. Each life is precious and to be honored.
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Ruth Urbanski OSU from Cleveland, ohio
Jesusโ€™ call to love.
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Lawrence McPherson from Newport, Kentucky
with heartfelt gratitude to God and his servants in Lexington, KY
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Keith Rhoden, Jr. from Hartford
Wonderful news! Thanks for the support - ๐ŸŒˆโœŒ๏ธ
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Joellen McCarthy, BVM from Chicago
Thank you for knowing the right thing to do. Gratefully, Joellen McCarthy, BVM
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Sonja Novo from Houston, Texas
We are all beloved of God.
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Frank ODonnell, SM from Baltimore
Many thanks, Bishops, for your Gospel witness with this statement.
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Joan Petramale from Schenectady NY
Thank you for your courage and clarity in proclaiming the love and mercy of Jesus Christ toward all those who are marginalized including the entire LGBTQ community. As a Catholic I do believe that homosexual activity is wrong, however having three siblings who are homosexuals, I also believe in unconditional love for anyone in the LGBT community. They are all loved by Jesus!
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Marcia Ann Garber from Manchester
CJ's Mom
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ANN MYERS from VERONA WI
Thank you for your leadership - an act of Gospel love and inclusion that will be contagious.
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Br. Joe McTaggart, csc from Notre Dame, IN
Thanks for your support. Please keep it coming. Young people need not suffer from their church any more. Convince your fellow bishops too. Please stay with this new recognition and support.
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Diane Krantz from Ogden
Thank you, Bishops, for your open hearts. I pray the Spirit may break open those of your fellow American bishops to the Christ-like actions and words of Pope Francis for the vulnerable.
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Mary Bridget Lawson from Duluth
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Dee Peppard, BVM from Arlington Heights, IL
Thank you for standing up for Gospel values - and for loving others as God loves us.
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Rev. Richard Young from Kettering, Ohio
Thanks for your support of LGBTQ+ youth.
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Gail Bederman from South Bend, IN
So many of my LGBTQ students believe the Church hates and rejects them. So many of my ally students conclude that a Church which arbitrarily turns its back on so many is neither loving nor Godly. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for beginning to make a place for these heartbroken Catholic young people.
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Peter Canavan from Long Beach
Would ask Archbishop Gomez, the President of the US Bishops Conference to sign this Christlike statement of support imitating our Holy Father!
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Irene Lukefahr, BVM from Dubuque
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Deirdre McKiernan Hetzler from Fairport
All of God's children are Beloved and must be respected, loved and supported.
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Nancy Callaham from Grand Rapids
Thank you to these bishops. I believe it is something Pope Francis would have us all do.
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Terese Shinners, BVM from Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Bishops, Your courage and charity give me hope. Thank you.
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Thomas J Hostomsky from New York
It means a lot that there are voices within the institutional structure of the Church who understand the Church's fundamental recognition of the dignity of all people, especially those of us that are gay.
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Theresa Caluori from DUBUQUE
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Maureen O'Connell from Philadelphia
Thank you for helping us stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters who deserve our loving respect.
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Gloria Ulterino from PITTSFORD
I work with friends in our local Dignity/Integrity community; they often inspire me in their faith.
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Ernest J. Miller, FSC from Philadelphia
This statement is a concrete sign towards stepping in the tradition of the Hebrew prophets and the prophetic call of the gospel of Jesus. The struggle remains for the long-haul.
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Mary Martens, BVM from Dubuque
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Susanne M Cassidy from Glen Mills, PA 19342
Thank you for doing was is right and just for our children all who are LGBTQ
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Betty Dirr from Cincinnati, OH
Thank you to the Bishops and all those who have signed this public statement of support for the LGBTQI+ youth and greater community. I pray it is a spark that ignites further self reflection, dialogue and positive action.
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Mary Angele Lutgen from Dubuque
Thank you for recognizing these valuable members of our country/world! Blessings on each of them.
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Ron and Myrna Ohmann from Clearwater, MN
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Carolyn Shalhoub from Royal Oak, MI
Thank you for stepping up. Maybe you can influence your fellow bishops like the ones in Detroit. You give me hope.
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Mike Luchka from Toronto
What an incredibly powerful move in the right and, dare I say it, Christian direction. The leadership demonstrated by these bishops and religious orders, the courage to continue doing what is right and just, and their commitment to serving and supporting the marginalized in their communities is forever going to change each and every one of their ministries for the better. It really was one of those profound moments when thinking โ€œthis will never happenโ€ turned into a โ€œI canโ€™t believe this is happening.โ€ Thank you for your courage, compassion, and commitment to all things good. The journey may be a long one, but at least weโ€˜re walking.
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Fr. Jack Schuler from St. Louis
I am sorry for the grief our institutional church has caused to the LGBTQ community.
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David T Fitzgerald, sP from Dittmer, MO
I unequivocally support the call to affirm, support and love all LGBTQ persons, especially youth.
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David T Fitzgerald, sP from Dittmer, MO
I unequivocally support the call to affirm, support and love all LGBTQ persons, especially youth.
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Jerry Fath from Rockville, MD
I am grateful for my brothers and sisters who have the courage to stand up for equality and justice for the LGBTQ community. Thank you to the bishops who also have the courage to stand up for Gospel values. So sad that there are so few.
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Linda Karle Nelson from Farmington Hills, MI
Your witness to the message of love our Church should be sending is loud and clear. Thank you !!
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Deborah Hilbourn from Florence SC
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Fran Endicott Armstrong from Saint Louis, MO
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Artemae Anderson from Dearborn Heights
With deep gratitude for your Gospel courage and your Gospel love. May we all be one.
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Chris Dixon from Westland
Thank you so much!!!
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Margaret Siewert from Baltimore
Thank you for being Christian!
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Christine Zuba from Blackwood, NJ
As part of the LGBTQ+ community and a transgender Catholic, thank you for your leadership and willingness to speak out. We are ALL children of God.
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Donna Fischer from Greensburg PA
Thank you!
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Brian McLauchlin, SVD from Dubuque, IA
Thank you to the bishops who have signed the document.
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Paul Krenzelok from Frenchtown, NJ
Thank you for this loving statement!
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Lawrence Attard from Zabbar Malta
Thank you so much dear brothers and sisters. Big hug.
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Alexei Michalenko from Alexandria, VA
Dear Bishops and Co-signers, I hear in your voice the call of Jesus: "Come to me all you who are weary and overburdened and I will give you rest...Learn of me ... I came to serve and not to be served". Lifting burdens instead of adding more is what Christ calls us to. "My yoke is easy and my burden light" when you allow me to share it with you and you with me. THANK YOU!!
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Louise R Fitzgerald from New York
God doesn't make mistakes in Her creation
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Mary Ellen Meckley,BVM from Chicago
I pray that our Cardinal Archbishop will follow your example. Thank you for leading the way.
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Margaret Mear, BVM from Platteville
Thank you
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Catherine Dunn, BVM from Dubuque
Thank you for your care and support of these young people! What would Jesus do? Just what you have done! Blessings
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Bette Gambonini, BVM from Sunnyvale
Thank you for your support of the LGBT Youth.
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Patricia Nooney, BVM from Skokie, Il
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Kathleen Sinclair, BVM from Phoenix
Thank you for preaching the gospel by your action of supporting persecuted youth.
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Kathleen Sinclair, BVM from Phoenix
Thank you for preaching the gospel by your action of supporting persecuted youth.
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Jill Burleson from Pacific
Thank you to the bishops and the religious congregations!
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Kay Brown from Tulsa, OK
Thank you for recognizing our LGBT+ sisters and brothers
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Mary Ann Zollmann, BVM from DUBUQUE
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Arthur Ryan from MANASQUAN
Thank you for following in Jesus' footsteps and having the courage to stand up in spite of the current culture in power. May you be blessed in your continued ministry as HE modeled.
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Adorers of the Blood of Christ from Saint Louis
Thank you for your leadership in promoting "respect, compassion and sensitivity" for our LGBT Youth!
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Anita B Kilcran from PHOENIX
Much gratitude to those bishops who have had the courage and fortitude to recognize God's overwhelming love for our LGBT youth. I pray that all bishops will soon follow.
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Margaret M Kimmins, OSF from Allegany,
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Dolores from Melbourne
Thanks be to all who recognize that we are all God's beloved ones.
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James Halstead, OSA from Chicago
Thank you to the bishops who signed. We have much more loving, thinking and learning to do.
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Sister Jeanne Barnard, SSJ from Baltimore, MD
Thank you for promoting acceptance and love for LGBT youth. This should be extended to adults, also.
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Mary Joyce Moeller from Ft. Thomas
I am so grateful for your leadership in standing up for our LGBT youth. I pray all our Bishops will soon follow suit and that all of you will come to acknowledge that LGBT persons have the right to claim and express their God-given sexuality.
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Sr. Virginia Ann Wolfzorn, CDP from Newport, KY
I thank those Bishops who have done what Jesus would do! We need to show respect for ALL of God's children. Thanks for your courage. May other Bishops also sign.
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Patricia Knowles from Urbana, IL
Gratitude and hope.
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Janet Schneider, CDP from Cincinnati
Thank you for your witness to the Gospel of Jesus, to love and respect ALL!
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Theresa Falkenstein, CDP from Covington, KY
Thank you for your courageous leadership and compassion .
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Office of Justice & Peace, US Province, School Sisters of St. Francis from Milwaukee, WI
We are grateful and support you for this statement.
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George K. Francis from Urbana, IL
I herewith add my name to the petition to Bishop Tylka asking him to join the minority of US bishops in union with Rome which supports the proactive and pastoral attitude towards LGBT youth, as stipulated by the principles of the Vatican II Council, and vigorously promulgated by our current pope.
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Amy Heinrich from Ellicott City
Thank you!
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Dennis Holtschneider, CM from Washington DC
My respect for your statement. Kindness matters.
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Teri Hadro, BVM from Dubuque
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Ginger Needham from Cleveland, Ohio
I am an openly gay woman who is an associate with the Sisters of St. Joseph, and I am active in my Catholic Parish of Blessed Trinity in Cleveland, Ohio. Thank you for your support of LGBT youth.
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Anne Keenan,O.P. from Columbus
Thank you for issuing this statement supporting our LGBTQ youth.
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Fr. William McEvoy from Lansing, Kansas
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David Laroche from Rhode Island
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Brendan Dolan from Lakewood, OH
Thank you for your leadership.
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S. M. Reparata, SSJ from Flourtown
How can I say that I am a Child of God and neglect any other Child of God my brother or sister. Thank each of you for living your profession of faith.๐ŸŽต
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Margaret Magee OSF from Allegany, NY
Grateful for this witness of compassion, support and justice. Blessings! Margaret
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Peter Bonventre, FSC from Brooklyn, NY
Thank you for standing with Jesus, who embraced all.
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Catherine Pisarczyk, SSJ from FLOURTOWN
Thank you, Bishops.
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Catherine Pisarczyk, SSJ from FLOURTOWN, PA
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Antoinette M. Hummeldorf from FLORENCE, KY
Thankful to see & to know that the Catholic Church in USA can express the love of Christ for all of Providence children. Now the hard part comes through the actions on the local levels of the church from the Bishop, the Pastors & the parishes! Actions will always speak louder than words.
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Sister Ellen Poist from Philadelphia
Thank you for what you are doing for the children. God bless you, Sister Ellen
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Donna McGartland, OSF from Syracuse, NY
Thank you for your public support of LGBTQ youth!
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Veronica Roche, SSJ from Maple Shade
This is such an encouraging way to begin this season of Lenten renewal and transformation!
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Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Commission, Sisters of Saint Francis from Colorado Springs
Thank you for your initiative. Blessings and Peace, JPICC Sisters of Saint Francis of Colorado Springs
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Carmela Trujillo O.S.F. from Colorado Springs
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Bonnie McMenamin, SSJ from Camden, NJ
Thank you for your welcoming stance. Our LGBTQ sisters and brothers need your love and support.
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Rose McDermott, SSJ from Trenton
Dear Bishops, Thank you. Whatever happened t the teachings of Vatican II (GS 1) and the ongoing teachings of our popes on our love for all people?
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Ramona Miller OSF from Rochester
Thank You for honoring the goodness of each individual created in the image and likeness of God.
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Marjorie White SSJ-TOSF, from Fort Wayne
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Patricia Cormack from Merrill
Thank you for reminding us all of the dignity and value of each person whom God has created.
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Marilyn Schleyer from Bellevue
As a psychotherapist and a Catholic I understand the bullying , humiliation, shame, and increased suicide rates that destroy the lives of our young people. Our young cannot survive this shamed isolation. Thank you to the gutsy and prophetic Bishops who stand in the wilderness with our LBGT youth.
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Jessica Hauger from Durham, NC
Thank you for adding your name to this letter of support - it is incredibly meaningful to see as an LGBTQ Catholic. I hope you will continue this line of advocacy among your colleagues and parishioners.
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Patty Keen from Indianapolis
Thank you for your commitment in sharing love to all of Godโ€™s children. E are all made in his image and likeness
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Adrian Dominican Sisters from Adrian
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Kate Knudsen from Northville
Thank you, and God Bless you all!
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Kevin J Driscoll from North Andover MA
Thank you for your support of our gay, trans and bisexual brothers and sisters! Your voices, raised in support are so important!
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Emily Masse, O.P. from Middle Village, New York 11379
Thank you, dear Bishops, for making a public statement that supports the message of Jesus. Yes, we are all God's children.
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Miriam Mire, CSJ from Houma. LA 70360
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Mark Avery from Aurora
Blessings, and much gratitude for your support!
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Old Catholic Diocese of the Southeast, TOCCUSA from Safety Harbor, FL
Thank you, Bishops, for choosing the Gospel as your pastoral staff of compassion and welcome for ALL of God's dear children, our sisters and brothers. The peace of Christ!
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Karen Patterson from Grand Rapids, MI
I have "fallen" away from the church for many ideological reasons. As a white, middle-class, heterosexual, married woman, I try so very hard to be inclusive of ALL. I hope this movement can inspire the changes that will help those of us who left feel like it is inclusive enough to come back.
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Virginia Alderman from Towson
I am a counselor in a Catholic high school. I would like to thank these Bishops for supporting the care of our LGBTQ+ students. May this conversation grow into official programs and platforms that address the needs of LGBTQ+ students in our Catholic schools.
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Emmy Levine from Cleveland
As a teacher at a Catholic school, I am grateful for your efforts to be supportive of LGBTQ youth.
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Scott Chapman from New Orleans
I was that youth many years ago...the Catholic Church was a safe place for me, luckily. This message would have solidified that safety for me...and so many other young people. This means a lot...very positive step. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
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Cathy Ingram from Great Barrington, MA
Thank you for supporting LGBTQ youth. May this be a first step toward love and understanding.
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Debbie Morrill from Baton Rouge
Dear brave bishops and spunky sisters, thank you for your courage to stand up and spread the Good News as Christ did. We sing โ€œAll are Welcomeโ€ but do we really mean it? Your stance indicates that you do. Leaders like you give me hope for the future of the Catholic Church.
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Jones from Colorado Springs, Colorado
Thank you and thank you to all who are bringing awareness to the message like Father Jim.
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Tim Curran from Wethersfield, CT
As the father of two LGBTQ+ children, I welcome the witness of these bishops to the truth, that my children and all of our LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters, are part of God's beloved family!
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Joe Schaub from Grafton, WI
Thank you for making the statement. Living in a church and a society that prefers that people like me not exist is a kind of trauma. It can resurface throughout a lifetime.
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Marla Silverberg from Baton Rouge
Thank you. We are all Godโ€™s children. Peace and hope to all.
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Elizabeth A Scherrman from Dyersville, Iowa
God love you. Please know that we do, as well. Thank you for standing and supporting and praying for this action.
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Marsha Evans from West Hartford
Thank you for taking this stand, which is bold but in reality should not be such. God bless you.
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Susanne Hartung Sp from Bellevue
Thank you to these leaders . I hope more leaders will voice their courage. The Church should stand for Love.
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Judy Schommer from Indianapolis
Thank you for spreading Godโ€™s message of inclusion. If we believe we were all made in Godโ€™s likeness we need to welcome everyone.
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ANTONIA E CORDERO from WINDSOR
Thank you to the courageous Bishops for supporting this necessary LGBTQ+ initiative Antonia
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Carmen Pas from Rochester Hills
Thank you and God bless you all.
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Sr. Nancy Richter, O.P. from SPARKILL
Thank you for your support. May God bless you.
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Kathleen McMorrow from Boston, MA
Thank you for making this statement. It is so important that the institutional Catholic Church address how it has treated LGBTQ people and work to help heal the wounds it has caused.
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Judy Butler from Spokane
Thank you
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janet fleischhacker from Kalamazoo
Thank you for such leadership.
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Jeanne DeSantis from Danville
As a parent of a gay daughter I am so grateful to these Bishops and Sisters for speaking out in support of LGBTQ. Let them love who they want and live like everyone else. God made them in His perfect image. We are all one body of Christ. Thank you!!
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Mary Fox from Cape May
Thank you so much for your courage and your love. You are all examples of the Gospel message.
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James Modrick from Rockville MD
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Ann Lusch from Redford, MI
Thank you. I want all of my students to know of their God-given dignity, and that they are loved by God.
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Gail Altenburger from Vienna, Va
We are made in His image and likeness.
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Maureen Walsh from New Orleans
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Colleen Dawson from Portage
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Maura Thorp from Fair Haven NJ
Thank you for your support for this very important issue.
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Mary Jo Hazard from Naperville
Thank you!!
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Sr. Danielle Bonetti, CSJ from Watervliet
Thank you dear bishops for you pastoral, compassionate and sadly our still prophetic stand.
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Marilyn Nichols, CSJ from Kalamazoo
Thank you to our Bishops & All who reflect on the call of Love by Jesus now and follow it!
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Lenora Benda, C S J from St. Clair Shores, MI
Thank you for your concern and support of LGBT+youth for they are all Godโ€™s children and deserve the love and care of our Church and itโ€™s leadership. May all bishops and priests follow in your footsteps.
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Cynthia Cecile Sabathier from Baton Rouge
Thank you for your integrity in standing with all of God's children. I stand for all of God's children with you, loving as Jesus does "the dear neighbor without distinction!"
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Mary Ann Wyllie from St. Clair Shores
I would like to thank you, as Bishops, to stand up for our LGBTQ youth. PLEASE help your fellow bishops follow the Gospel!
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Kathleen Jeffers from Beaver
I am deeply grateful. As a mother of a gay man who suffered in his youth, I am deeply touched by this courageous statement. Change is slow, I know, but this statement gives me hope.
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Sr. Margot Eder CSJ from Kalamazoo
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Kathleen Roedersheimer from Parkersburg
Thank you for supporting and reaching out to LGBTQ youth. We are all God's children.
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Mary J. Novak from Washington, DC
So grateful.
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Dorothy Randall from Downers Grove
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Betty Granger from Warren
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Joellen Sbrissa, CSJ from La Grange Park
Thank you for your support of our LGBT sisters and brothers. We are all One. Peace to each of you.
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cheryl rogers from Buffalo
Thank you for listening to Jesus and walking His message. You are courageous and one reason why I remain Catholic...... the ones who are 'against' hospitality, justice, mercy, unconditional love .....for those are the true immoral ones....they are enemies of the Church and continue to crucify me and other LBGTQ people daily with their power seeking arrogant legalistic view of the world. May God have mercy on you. 'Let MY people GO!'
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Jose Luis Perez from Buenos Aires, Argrntins
Thank you all for your courage. The Church is changing thanks to brave people like you all. God bless! Gracias!!!
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Rev Michael Shanahan from Chicago
I am most grateful to each of you Bishops and Archbishops for your support of LGBTQ Youth I am keenly aware of the suffering experienced by these youth as a result of many ministerial experiences here in the Archdiocese of Chicago in various parishes. I am also grateful for the prophetic courage demonstrated by you as prominent Catholic leaders. You know better than most the required faith and bold courage for such a statement. God bless you and all who minister to LGBTQ youth and all Catholics who may feel marginalized by our family of origin and/or faith. Fr Mike Shanahan
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THOMAS R HARTLE, OFM from BUTLER
Grateful for the courage and conviction of all who acknowledge the truth of the Gospel.
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Francis Ryan from New York
It is right and just!
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Rachel Padian from Basking Ridge
Jesus said,โ€ Let the little children come to me!โ€ Thank you for supporting all LGBT people. When you take the time to know people you will understand them better and stand with each one.
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ANGEL R FUENTES-PESQUERA from NEW BRUNSWICK
Thanks for welcoming us to the Church, nurturing and being our shepherds. In Love.
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GUTIEREZ CHRISTIAN from CORCIEUX
Enfin des reprรฉsentants de la religion catholique mettent en pratique ce que Jรฉsus a toujours dit : Aimez vous les uns les autres. Merci ร  ceux qui font que la religion est d'abord fait pour comprendre et rapprocher tous les croyants.
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Helen O'Regan rscj from New York
Many thanks to our bishops who signed and expressed the compassion of Christ and reverence for LGBTQ+ persons.
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Br Dan Kane, csc from Notre Dame IN
It's so refreshing that there are at least some Catholic hierarchy who support LGBTQs as being respectable/loveable creations of God. Those denying same need to be removed from Church administrative positions.
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Richard Bernier from Montreal
Thank you for speaking up truthfully and with compassion.
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Revd Susan Bolen from London
I am an Anglican priest and am grateful to the Catholic Bishops and others who are standing on the side of the vulnerable. Thank you. It makes a great difference when Church leadership show acceptance and value of all people, regardless of sexual orientation, gender, colour and any other differences that are used to marginalise others. Perhaps itโ€™s time to incorporate this into discernment process and training of potential clergy.
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KathyMae Hoepner from ROSEVILLE
Thank you for supporting and loving our LGBTQ who were lovingly created in the image of Our Creator, same as all His children!
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Erin Dolan from Lambertville NJ
As a Catholic mom Iโ€™ve always taught my children that every person is made in the image of our Creator and therefore worthy of our love and respect. Thanks to the members of the clergy and religious whoโ€™ve signed onto this statement. I am disappointed my Bishop, Bishop Cecchio of the Diocese of Metuchen has not signed on. I have written to ask him to and have had no response. I will persist.
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Hank Mascotte from South Bend IN
Thanks to those who appreciate that all of us are touched by the One who wonderfully and beautifully made us, and dwells in us.
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Michael Joyce, OFM from Butler NJ
PEACE! Thank you all for teaching us to accept all God's gifts.
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Rosemary Nudd from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods
Thank you for listening to the Spirit. May she guide you to compassionate speech and action. I pray for you all.
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Don Siegal from Three Rivers CA
Thank you for acknowledging that I am a child of God in the tradition of the Roman Catholic Church.
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Terri Nichols from Oklahoma City
Archbishop Paul Coakley has sent out a statement condemning the gay community. Sending him a letter asking him to please sign the initiative and join the others in sharing love and hope into our world.
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Bill Martin from Grand Rapids, MI
This is a very important message. Our church must seal out for all those oppressed by bigotry and unwillingness to hear and understand the word of God.
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Loras Michel from Reseda CA
A warm thank you with gratitude to the Bishops who have publicly showed their courage and wisdom in protecting LGBT youth. It's a powerful witness to the love and mercy of Jesus for all God's children created whole, perfect and complete exactly as they are. ๐ŸŒˆ
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John C Calhoun from New York
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WILLIAM HICKEY from Detroit
Thank you for following the Gospel call to love, compassion, and justice.
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Father Norbert Sinski from Nw York City
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Lynn Samantha Discenza from MIddlebury
Thank you so much for standing with the LGBTQIA+ youth and the greater community of allies who support them. Please continue to work for change within our Catholic church to help change attitudes of those who will not or cannot stand with the vulnerable in our world
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George White from Leicester
From a transgender and Catholic teacher of Religious Education in a Catholic school in the UK, this is much needed and well received. Thank you!
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Louis Arceneaux, C.M, from New Orleans
As leader of Peace and Justice committee of Western Province Vincentians, USA, I applaud you bishops and all who acknowledge the dignity of every human, whether homosexual or heterosexual. Peace!
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Louis Arceneaux, C.M, from New Orleans
As leader of Peace and Justice committee of Western Province Vincentians, USA, I applaud you bishops and all who acknowledge the dignity of every human, whether homosexual or heterosexual. Peace!
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Jim Toczynski from Manistee
Thanks
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David T Fitzgerald from Dittmer, MO
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