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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Danielle Ross from Missoula MT
As the parent of a gay child, seeing the company I work for supporting her and those like her is an amazing thing to see!!
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Sister Barbara Battista from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods
Thank you for 'going public' with what we all know in our hearts: God loves each and every one of us without judgement and without exception. Please encourage your brother bishops to do the same.
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Paul McIntyre from Philadelphia
My deep thanks and appreciation for all Bishops who have signed this support for LGBTQ+ youth. I am a supportive father to (2) transgender children and experience the marginalization others project at them. We need agape LOVING support.
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John Smith from Lubbock
Thank you!
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Teresa Czaja from Sammamish
We should take care of ALL people, especially those at risk.
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Fr. Robert Barricks
God's blessings on you for standing up with Jesus.
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Martha (Sue) Brenckle from Osprey
Thank you for your support of our gay children!!
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Chris Evon
Thank you all! Your public statement of love and solidarity will change and save lives. Letโ€™s keep our church moving in this inclusive loving direction!
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Tricia Wittmann-Todd from Seattle
Thank you for speaking with Jesus. I wonder what the Seattle Bishops are waiting for
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Valerie Grondin OSF from Sylvania
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Mike Roughton from Newark
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Gene Roman from New York,NY
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Shelagh Lustig from Seattle
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Dorothy from Gettysburg
As the parent of a trans child, I am so grateful for what you are doing.
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Patrick Comfort from Lincoln
Thank you for leading us in living the Gospel!
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Susan Wagner from Grand Rapids
Thank you for your support. They are God's people.
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Patrick O'Neill from Vadnais Hts, MN
Thank you Bishops for setting an example for all Catholics. But where are the rest of the Bishops? Cardinals? Priests? How can those who do not support your effort claim to be Catholics? Thanks you again!
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Roy V Eco from Poinciana
God be praised for our bishops whose hearts and minds bear the very core of God's commandment to love God and neighbor. I thank in a special way Bishop Oscar Solis, the first Filipino bishop in America, for his great sensitivity and care for the LGBT youth who suffer fear, deep stress, and extreme loneliness among the Filipino-American traditional families.
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Gonzalo Rubalcaba from Tewksbury, MA
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Hollis Rickbeil from St Cloud Mn
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Anne Marie Sullivan from Ireland
We need to understand that LGBT individuals do not choose this for themselves and that if they are created by God then that is his work.
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Risa Marรญa Ruiz from San Jose, CA
Thank you for your commitment, courage, compassion, to be on the side of the vulnerable and rejected, just as Jesus did. May other bishops join you, including mine. You bring us hope
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Melinda Jankord-Steedman from Seattle
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Br. Patrick McSherry, OFM Cap from Rome, Italy
I am sincerely grateful, but also saddened to be thanking a bishop for doing the right thing.
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Kate Donovan from Wichita Falls, TX
Thank you for showing your loving mercy to all of Godโ€™s children. I have been struggling so much lately with the Catholic Church (I am still a practicing Catholic & am not struggling with my Christian faith, just the lack of mercy and kindness I keep witnessing within the Church). Your courageous stand against hatred gives me such hope!
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Grace McSorley from Toronto
Thank you!
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Mary Moore Salem from Bellevue
Thank you for doing what Jesus would have done. Someday all people will be accepted for who they are. In the meantime you are helping to lead the way.
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Patrick from Hastings
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Mary Brienza from West Orange
Thank you, Cardinal Tobin, and all those bishops who have expressed public support for our LGBTQ brothers and sisters. I look forward to your encouragement of your colleagues to join you in this necessary example of God's love in action.
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Tyler from California
Jesus practiced radical inclusion. ALL are welcome in his loving embrace. ALL are created in God's image. For humans to judge or exclude any human, is outside of God's will for us. In a world where some would twist the teachings to judge others (in effect making God in man's image) it is vital that Bishop's voice is spoken and heard. God does not pick sides. God is on everyone's side, as we are ALL children of God. Thank you for speaking up on behalf of LGBTQI youth who are too oft excluded, discriminated against and traumatized. As the partner of a queer person, I express my deepest gratitude. Let this be just the beginning.
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Nancy Darschewski from Brighton
Thank you.
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Deacon Mike Shaffer from Brea, Ca
Thank you, Bishops for leading all of us in standing up for those who need to know that Jesus loves and cares for them!
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Sandra Davis-Johnson from Macon
Thank you for providing an example of seeing the face of Jesus in all we meet as we continue on our journey to be better disciples of Christ.
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Steve Roppolo from Houston
Thank you for your courage in speaking out.
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Kathy Roach from Williamsburg, Va
LBGTQ are ALL GODโ€™s Children
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Mary from St. louis MO
Thank God for your strength to support the LGBT in our church
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Joellen Sbrissa, CSJ from La Grange Park
Thank you for your supportive words.
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Fr. Christopher Maximus from Dallas, TX
โ€œThere is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.โ€œ
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jacqueline magerl from Corbett, Oregon
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Nancy Surma, OSF from Toledo, Ohio
Bishops, you have my gratitude for this public statement that affirms the best of what it means to be Catholic. It gives me hope.
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Patricia Freeburg from Snohomish
Our young LGBT people need to know how much they are loved by God and the church. Jesus would welcome them and we should welcome them at church as well.
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Eva Glahn Atkinson from Owensboro, KY
My family & I (all allies) thank the Cardinals, Bishops, Religious Orders, Catholic Schools, Organizations, and Individuals who support โ€œGod Is On Your Side: A Statement from Catholic Bishops on Protecting LGBT Youth.โ€ This is the Catholic/Christian & just thing to do. ๐ŸŒˆLove is Love.
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Brenda Thomas from Lubbock
Thank you for upholding the truth everyone deserves love.
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Yvonne Grayson from Orange
Thank you for walking the talk of Jesus...
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Terry Mayberg from Seattle
Love is not a sin
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Mimi Krsak from Seattle, WA
Mimi Krsak, Seattle WA Thanks to all who are doing the right thing and supporting this initiative!
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Kathy H. from Northbrook, IL
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Liz Loria from Rohester Hills, MI
You are all a blessing to Catholics and young people who are looking for a welcoming church as Jesus modeled!
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Gregory Szkarlat from Portland
Thank you for standing with our LGBTQ youth.
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Fr. Patrick F. Earl S.J. from Washington, D.C.
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Ron Bozek from Middleburg Hts., OH
Thank you to all the bishops, parishes, religious communities, and schools that prayerfully signed this document. Blessings to all this holy Easter season.
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Fr. Scott Hill, omi from Oakland
I know the pain of growing up Queer. I am profoundly grateful for the courage of some of our Church leaders, my Religious Community and the many welcoming Parishes who stand with me and my proudly Queer Community. God bless all of you!
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whitney haggerson from Renton
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Jenny Beam from Renton, WA
Gratitude
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Daneen M Calvin from Maple Valley
Grateful for your leadership as expressions of God's healing love for all!
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Patrick Baikauskas, OP from St. Louis
I hope that bishops that do not feel like they can sign this statement will at the very least make certain that gays and lesbians of every age will find a welcome home in OUR Church.
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Sr Laura Donovan, RDC from White Plains
Thank you for your compassionate response to this need for support of these youths.
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Doug Koesel from cleveland ohio
I run a faith sharing group for LGBTQ Catholics. After ten years, there is only one who is still in the group. The rest have joined another (more?) Christian denomination or committed suicide. Maybe this will save a life in the future.
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Dr. Mario D. Mazzarella from Newport News, Virginia
Thank you for your welcoming, Christ-like stand.
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Kathryn Rodenmeyer from Jackson, Mississippi
Thank you to Bishop Kopacz of the Diocese of Jackson, Mississippi for signing onto this letter and to all the Bishops who have taken this step. The work has just begun.
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Erin Brennam from Boise
It should not be a courageous act to sign your name. As follows of Christ it sould be expected but we know that often we the Church act more like Pharisees than Christ. His example is clear but also very hard to follow. I am grateful and amazed at your courage and Christ like strength to truly lead.
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Verรณnica Quiza from Quito Ecuador
Thank you so much for opening your mind and heart to our vulnerable brothers and sisters... As an example of Jesรบs.. God bless you and I hope our mother protect you always
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Jen Dalmy from Decatur GA
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Anne Gote from Anchorage, AK
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Rev. Julio A Barrios from New Jersey
Thank you for being shepherds, who care for their sheep! Pastoral Fatherโ€™s who care for their flocks!
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John and Virginia Dowd from West Islip, NY
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Sarah Fitzgerald from Holliston MA
Thank you!
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Fr. Tom Ogg from Ten Sleep, WY
With prayers and gratitude for your leadership.
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Rosemary Burchik from Whitestone, NY
Thank you, Bishops for being true shepherd's, and for being the image of God's love in our world. May God bless your efforts and bring a new understanding to the whole Church.
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MonicaMarie Kaiser TOC from Casper Wyoming
This is very close to my heart. Thank you Bp.Steven. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜‡
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Charles McDermott from Union, NJ
I am proud of my Cardinal Tobin who is seeing a need and fulfilling it!
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Charles McDermott from Union, NJ
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Luke from London, England
As a Catholic educated in a Jesuit school, I wish to express my thanks too. I hope in the months to come the statement by Vatican recently, His Holiness will make it clear that being gay is not a sin and also living in a gay loving relationship is also not a sin. What would Jesus say. I thank all the signatories here and the Bishops for making me a proud Catholic.
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Fr. Brian Brian Mason from Hales Corners, WI
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Lukas from Vienna
You guys make me proud to be part of this church ๐Ÿ™‚ thank you and keep at it, my prayers are with you!
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Siri Kabrick from Fairmont Minnesota
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Ann Gaul from Hoffman Estates, IL
Thank you.
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Viviana from Miami
Thank you for your courage and love towards the LGBT that some churchโ€™s priests are treating like the leperโ€™s were treated in Jesus time ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป . A proud catholic mother of a young gay
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Adrienne Krock from Corona, CA
Thank you to all the Bishops who have signed, especially to my local Bishop: Bishop Alberto Rojas
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Catherine Hamilton from Park Ridge
Thank you for helping these beautiful people know that they are loved! They are precious. They are Godโ€™s creation.
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Virginia Martin from Skillman
Thank you for the courage of your convictions.
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Michael Martinez from Lemon Grove. CA
Thank you in standing up for human decency.
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Rafael Vega from Palm Springs
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Victoria Clark from MADISON
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Sr. Dorothy Pagosa from Chicago
The Sisters of St. Joseph -TOSF Social Justice Committee thanks you for your expression of love and hope.
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Linda Andrews from New Orleans
I am so thankful for this wonderful compassion and support for LGBT individuals. I pray that the number of Catholics in support increase daily.
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Elizabeth Scherrman from Dyersville, Iowa
Thank you for standing up and signing. God Bless You,,,we know He loves you.
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Valerie Cantu from Madera
Thank you for continuing to lead with compassion and love.
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JOAN Boyle from New York
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John Mastalski, BCC from Bellingham, WA
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Colleen McMaster from Detroit Area
Thank you! The youth of the church need to know that ALL human life is valued and respected. Your support is so impactful and important.
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Kathy Updon from Brentwood NH
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Sister May Cronin from Ardmore, PA
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Marylouise Fennell,RSM from West Palm Beach, FL
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Mary Fran Reidell from Pittsburgh
Thank you for modeling the true message that Jesus gave to all of us.
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Elizabeth Busch from MCKEESPORT
Bravo men of God for having the courage to stand up for the LGBT flock that you shepherd. I pray more of your brothers follow. peace
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Maureen Crossen from McKeesport
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Sr. Kathleen Bryant from Dublin, Ireland
Thank you so much for being true Shepherds, using your prophetic voices to protect our LGBTQ sisters and brothers.
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Sr. Diane smith, CSJ from Los Angeles
Thank you for your support of our youth. Yes God is on their side and so glad of your support for these youth.
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Frances White, shcj from Pasadena CA
God is LOVE. There is no one God does not love. Jesus said, "love one another as I have loved you." "Love your neighbor as yourself." I thank the bishops who signed the statement of support and love for our precious LGBTQ+ sisters and brothers.
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Mark Thibodeaux from New Orleans
thank you!
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Marjorie A Allison-Ross from Woodstock, NB, Canada
Thank you Bishops for showing your courage, love and inclusivity for all people just as God does. I am a member of a (CNWE) Catholic Network for Women's Equality in the Church Group and last evening we held a Zoom Gathering. Our prayer and most of the discussion was on this very topic - the need for the church to be accepting and loving towards all God's children and especially not to discrimate against LGBTQ youth and to bless the loving unions of couples.
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Gene Szarek, C.R. from Chicago
The very least we can do is to assure our LGBT+ brothers and sisters that God loves them.
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Charles Pottie-Pรขtรฉ from St John's NL
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Jason from Littleton, CO
Thank you for your voice for the outcast and may God bless and protect you.
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Peter Motion from Edinburgh, Scotland
Thank you for your support and defence. You bring us hope. We are all brothers and sisters.
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Tracy from Mount Pleasant
Thank you for doing as Jesus would - love thy neighbor, treat others as you would to be treated. In the face of increasing hate, intolerance & bigotry against the LGBTQ community coming from Christian churches, their leaders & their parishioners, this is a much needed & very welcome stand from the religious community. Thank you for having the courage to stand on the side of compassion, love, & inclusivity - it means more that you know to those of us with LGBTQ family. Love is love.
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Fr. Leomar from Sรฃo Paulo - Brasil
There is hope for the Church: a church that is closer to the reality of the people, especially those who suffer exclusion from society. Thank you, dear bishops!
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Dr. Pamela Linnell from Roswell
Dear Archbishop Wester, Bishop Ramirez, I especially want to thank my fellow New Mexicans for your courage and compassion in signing this statement. I am proud to be a New Mexican Catholic!
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Shannon Burghart from Greensboro NC
Bless each of you for your courage. As a mother of a non-binary child, the messages from the Church are so painful. Every message from any of you that supports the LGBTQ community takes such strength but means more than you can ever imagine. My deepest thanks!
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Danette Williams from Boise, ID
With deepest gratitude, I commend all those who have courageously signed. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are clearly visible within you.
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David Lincoln from Grand Rapids, Michigan
Thank you Bishops for protecting people from bullies and abuse. You are true shepherds.
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Shelly Junuzovic from Louisville
Thank for this expression of love to the LGBTQ community! You are doing what Jesus would do!
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Maribel Andonian from Monterey
Given the conservative nature of the institutional Catholic Church, this public statement by bishops is truly brave.
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Joanna from Hillsboro
Thank you all for being brave and walking in Jesusโ€™ way of LOVE for all.
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Kim Madonia from Chicago, IL
I appreciate your path, and your gift to hear the Holy Spirit so clearly. ๐Ÿ’œ I am grateful to the Holy Spirit for allowing you to hear the cries. I feel very called by the Holy Spirit as well. Blessed to be on the journey with you. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป Stay strong.
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Mary Book from St. Louis MO
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Cheryl from Fairfield County CT
You have modeled Jesusโ€™ compassion and mercy. Because of this, you are helping the world to become a better place!
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Vel from Evansville
Thank you for standing up for justice. For believing that all life is sacred. For truly believing that we are all beloved sons and daughters of God.
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Rick Danaher from Chicago
Prayers of support and gratitude for all of our LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters and for the bishops who acted to show their solidarity with them in their struggle for justice and acceptance.
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Patty from Farmington Hills Mi
Thank you for shining Godโ€™s light and love into our Church. Love is love. Christ is love. I pray our Church learns to love.
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Karen from Oxford
Thank you for your courage and helping all of us learn acceptance.
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Patricia from Cedar Falls
Thank you for demonstrating courage to stand up for our marginalized brothers and sisters and reminding us of how the Church should lead.
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Viviana Victorero from Miami, FL
โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป Thank you, Proud mother of a gay son
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Cathy from Palm Desert/Chicago
I sincerely hope Cardinal Blase Cupcich will join with the other bishops to support our LGBTQ members.
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Rev. Michael Joyce, CM from St. Louis
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MaryBeth from Westchester
Thank you.
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Rev. Jason Nesbit, C.S.V. from Bourbonnais, Illinois
From the Preface of Eucharistic Prayer (IV for Various Needs and Occasions): He [Jesus] always showed compassion for children and for the poor, for the sick and for sinners, and he became a neighbor to the oppressed and the afflicted. By word and deed he announced to the world that you are our Father and that you care for ALL your sons and daughters.
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Cheryl Des Palmes from RSM
Thank you for making this statement. I pray that so many others join you. It means a lot to so many.
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Rosalba C Del Vecchio from Yonkers
Thank you for answering the question: "What would Jesus do?" with courage and conviction! You are an exemplary model of compassionate, bold leadership... Happy Easter!
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Lisa from Queens
Thank you for doing what is right and just, and for supporting and spreading LOVE.
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Rosemarie Pace from Middle Village, NY
Thank you, Bishops, for having the love, compassion, and courage to speak out. We need you and hope that more and more will join your ranks. God bless you all in abundant ways, especially as we approach Holy Week and the Easter season.
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Keith Warrick from San Diego
Our Bishop of San Diego has been such a welcoming voice to so many LGBTQ youth and Catholic LBGTQ community members
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Pamela O'Connell from Port Washington
As the mother of two gays sons, I am deeply grateful for the courage of the bishops, religious orders and schools who have signed this document. It is only by such efforts that our family is able to justify maintaining ties to a Church that is making it so so difficult for us to remain.
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Mary Ann Steutermann from Louisville
Speaking truth to power is scary, but it's the only thing that will bring about change. Thank you to all the bishops who courageously spoke up for young people in need.
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Melinda Spataro from NYC
Thank you for your courageous support of God's cherished children, our LGBTQ youth.
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Daniel Fickes from AVON LAKE
I am grateful for your pastoral concern.
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Rev. Joe McCarthy from Bantry, Co.. Cork
I agree with former Mary McAleese, former President of Ireland, who said that was a โ€œwitheringโ€ statement from the CFD. I am encouraged that so many people from all walks of life have objected to it. We must remember that we only ask God to bless the couple. God will never refuse any blessing. In a marriage, the couple are the ministers, accompanied by witnesses. So let God be the one who loves us and blesses us. Let us not try to place limits on God. Let us now respectfully request that the offensive statement be withdrawn, so that justice can be seen to be done.
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Dianne Whelan Falk from Lakewood
Jesus help us to be as one with you.
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Angela Hartanto from Chicago
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Robert Richardson from La Crosse, Wisconsin
The greatest of these is love.
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Silvana F Richardson from La Crosse
Thank you for standing in solidarity with all humanity.
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Samuel Monaco Jr. from Maywood
I stand in support and gratitude for those bishops who have signed the "God Is On Your Side" statement to protect LGBTG youth.
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Nina Hirlaender from Victoria, Canada
I feel deeply grateful that you are standing for the dignity of LGBTQ+ people. I donโ€™t even have words to express it. This is so needed. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
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Katy from Maryland
Thank you for showing God's love by giving support to the LGBT community. I wish my pastor was more accepting, or even neutral, but he's not. I'm not LGTB, but know and love some relatives/friends who are. They left their churches.
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Nick Vendikos from Brooklyn, NY
As a proud parent of a gay son, I stand in solidarity with the LGBQT community and pray for the day when they are recognized in our church to celebrate their love and commitment. Love is love!
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Nicole from Richland, WA
Thank you for working towards a more inclusive Church. Our LGBTQ+ community need to know that they are welcomed and accepted by their caregivers, other important adults in their lives, and the greater Church community.
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Jillian Niggel
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Barbara Mierzwa from Buffalo, NY
Love is love. Who am I to judge?
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John Gerard Sweeney from DERRY
Thank you to those who at last spoke out for the lgbt people in the church. It's well over due. As the same R C church has helped cause lgbt people so much pain in there life over many many years! As a 63yrs old gay man i can't remember the last time I was at Mass, as I've never really felt welcomed in my church. I pray at home direct to my Lord, As I know he made me and i'm not a bad person!!
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Scott Golden from Wicklow, Ireland
Thank you all, for taking this stand alongside the LGBT+ community.
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Vicki Sheridan from Pittsburgh
As a devout Catholic and mother of three LGBT daughters, I am grateful to you for your courageous witness to God's unconditional and unfathomable love for his precious LGBTQ children. God bless you!
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Jess Roa from Tampa
Thank you bishops for reinforcing what Christ commanded us to do โ€œLove one anotherโ€.
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julie wood from Louisville KY
Thank you for loving people the way Jesus loved us and for loving people the way Jesus has asked us to love one another.
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Virginia Ryan from Worcester
Thank you for signing this statement. I only wish that there were more (all) of the US bishops signed on. But you are bringing light to a darkened Chirch.
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Judy michalek from Irvine
Praying that more bishops, cardinals, priests have the courage to speak out as Jesus would and listen to the Holy Soirit trying to move our Church forward. What came out of the Vatican yesterday is heartwrenching and embarrassing.
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Lou from Canton
THANK YOU for truly stopping to think โ€œwhat would Jesus do!โ€ If a church isnโ€™t living that, arenโ€™t we at risk of just worshiping a man-made structure? I appreciate you, and people who make the choice of acceptance and love are the ones who keep me in the Catholic Church. Peace.
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Helen B from Los Angeles
As an LGBTQ+ ally and someone who is trying to find her way back to the church, the statement put out by the Vatican really upset me. I have many LGBT friends and family and I will support them and fight for them no matter what. Thank you to the bishops who are standing up for these amazing people as well.
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Jane from Mill Valley CA
Thank you for your courageous stance. God bless you in your ministry to all Godโ€™s family.
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Viviana V. from Las Cruces, New Mexico
Thank you. The Vatican should thank you as well, because a lot of people continue being catholics because of bishops like you. Shame on the high hierarchy. As an active catholic coming from a catholic family, I respect, embrace and unconditionally love my LGTB+ friends and the LGTB+ community as Jesus taught us, and refuse to follow a hierarchy promoting exclusion. Thank you bishops...you keep us near the Gospel.
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Kristine from Jersey City, NJ
Thank you Bishop Tobin!
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Patrick B Fox from Rochester
Thank you for standing for our Ca tholic Faith in its fullness. Loving our neighbor as we love ourselves calls us to embrace every person and I am thankful for all of you who will witness to that publically.
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Rick Goodwin from La Habra
I am only saddened to not see more bishops' names on this list. It is time we hear more from our bishops on such social justice issues in our Church. Wake up from your slumber, the time is now this is the day of the Lord! Amen!
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Rick Goodwin from La Habra
Congratulations on hearing the cries of the poor! How important is it in this age that our Catholic Church is the kind and loving voice of Christ to welcome the outcast without judgment. We need all to be one in communion with each other. All people are made in the dignity of our loving God, and we need to be a louder voice of that dignity expressed in our loving voices towards all who think they are excluded from the eternal covenant of God with his People. Amen.
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Andrea bianco from York pa
In sincere gratitude
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Pattie Mallard from Whittier, Ca
Thank you so very much for supporting these children of God. I hope the Bishops of Los Angeles and Orange join you soon. You are models of Christian faith.
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Jacqueline Floan from Sammamish, WA
Thank you to all the brave leaders that signed. True leaders inspire you to be your best self. If we truly are pro life we care about our children.
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Bryce Gentile from Salt Lake City, Utah
Father Solis, as a member of the Cathedral of Madeleine, I thank you for standing by the LGBT community despite the Vatican's polarizing and cruel stance. Please continue advocating for an accepting Catholic faith - you have the full support of myself and fellow parishioners. Thank you and God bless.
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Maureen and Tom Slattery from Milwaukee
Thank you Bishops. The Holy Spirit is alive and well within you.
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Sue from NJ
Gay priests are โ€œmarriedโ€ to Christ and they are accepted in the Catholic Church. At the very least then, LGBTQ civil unions should be blessed in the Catholic Church. My gosh - how can you deny this blessing of love? Itโ€™s great and necessary to love and accept LGBTQ individuals - Jesus loved everyone. But to not bless a loving civil union of these same individual's (not a sacramental marriage) makes that love a farce.
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anaclaudia kapoor from st petersburg
Thank you for your kindness and decision to speak out. I believe God does not hate anyone and loves everyone. Any discrimination in the name of God is wrong .. I applaud you.. May god bless you all and all of our children..
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Peggy Keen from Louisville
Thank you to the Bishops and religious communities who are a true manifestation of the teachings of Jesus.
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Eimear from Lonetree co
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Fr Bernard Survil from Olean, NY
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Leadership Team, US Province, School Sisters of St. Francis from Milwaukee, WI
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WILLIAM AUTH from CEMENT CITY
Thanks to you courageous men who have added your names to this initiative. Please please encourage your brother bishops to speak up as well. Gracias
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Fr. Douglas A Doussan from METAIRIE, LA
I want to commend and thank the Bishops for their vocal support of the LGBTQ youth. They are children of God as much as any one of us and deserve our love, respect and assistance. May God bless and support them.
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Paul Sherman from Louisville, KY
I thank those bishops who signed this statement for the courage to actually take a stand for Christ's teaching. I know what Jesus would say about this topic but sometimes I find it easier to ask "what would Mother Teresa say".
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Terri from Columbus OH
Thank you - this is an important issue.
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John Heffernan from Silver Spring MD
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Jennifer G from Coon Rapids, Mn
Two years ago when I very nearly lost my queer child to suicide, I would keep the worst lamentations of my broken heart in my car. On the worst day, I sat in my driveway sobbing and screaming at God demanding to know why he would give me this beautiful, wonderful boy and then let him be taken away. It has been a long journey back to feeling joy again. I have only been in a church once since that day. It is too hard knowing how many people there do not want my child to exist or think he is an abomination or think I will go to hell for loving him. I offer my humble and sincere gratitude for all of you that have followed in the way of Jesus as I know him and publicly shown support and love for families like mine. We carry a heavy load and we need the support and love of a church that values the precious lives of our children. My hope is that more bishops and clergy will join and that love will overcome the hate and fear. I hope that one day I will find my way back to a pew on Sunday.
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Susan Sherman from Louisville, Kentucky
We are all made in God's image. Furthermore, discrimination of any kind is against the teachings and examples of Jesus. Many thanks to those of you who are speaking out in support of the LBGTQ community.
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PHJC Volunteer Prifram from Plymouth, IN
Thank you for taking a stand against bullying in any form, but especially here against the LGBTQ12 Spirit community. PHJC Volunteer Program.
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Noel Baldovino from Houston
As a mother of a gay daughter and a Catholic it makes me very happy to see all those in the Church who support her. Thank you.
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Mary Walsh from University Heights
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CARRIE Jeanne Roach from Sunrise
"It is time to put away our fears and judgments and to look into the eyes of another , to gaze at the face of another " pg. 114 Sister Ilia Delio, The Hours of the Universe. 2021. Sawabona, I see you, in Swahili, is upstanding.
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Guilherme Garcia from Sรฃo Josรฉ dos Campos
Congratulaciones. Shalom!!!
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Shannon from Spokane, WA
THANK YOU for taking this step towards true inclusion for ALL within the church!!
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Jennifer from McKee
We see the person of Christ best in the faces of those with less status. Thank you for pointing us to the margins, where the spirit of Christ is fresh.
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Claire Reilly Buff from Yonkers, NY
Thank you for your support of our LGBTQ youth. I pray that your openness will grow and expand through the entire church.
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Kathy Braun, OSF from Milwaukee
Thank you Bishops for your support of all God's beloved made in God's image.
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Emily Garvey from South Bend, IN
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Gerry Hapke from Miller Place, NY
May God continue to bless you as you stand with all He loves.
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Fr. William Connor from Long Beach, CA
Bishops, thank for supporting our LGBTQ youth!
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Rob Robertson,CSV from Las Vegas
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Maritza Longland from Menlo Park, CA
Thank you, Bishops, for this public statement on an issue that some might consider to be controversial. You lead by example in defense of dignity and love for all. Many thanks.
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Cindy Kozal from Calabasas, CA
It is vitaly important to get the message out that God loves EVERYONE, full stop. There is no greater truth. Thank you to the Bishops that are promoting God's love for all people and promoting the dignity of life for all people.
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Ginna Springer from Columbus
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Michelle Mazuros from St. Petersburg, FL
Thank you to all the Bishops and religious leaders for supporting LGBTQ+ youth and the Tyler Clementi Foundation - a step in the right direction!
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Tony Gallagher from Toledo
You have my deep gratitude for speaking out from a Spirit-led perspective of the whole Gospel and whole Cath. Social Tradition. Keep on keeping on. Your voices are vitally needed these days. Shalom.
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Lorraine Moriarty from South San Francisco
One all are we, in the womb of the Blessed Trinity. That umbilical cord, because of the Creator, Liberator and Sanctifierโ€™s unconditional love and divine mercy, can never be severed. Thank you to our wonderful LGBTQ+ siblings who evangelize us all and deepen our awareness of who we are, and whose we all are, as we try to โ€˜walk humbly, act justly and love tenderlyโ€™ (Micah 6) on our pilgrim path together in this part of the Kingdom.
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Msgr. Jack Schuler from St. Louis
The Archbishop of St. Louis told me he does not sign petitions.
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Edward L Palumbos from Rochester
Thank you brothers for your leadership and pastoral care.
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Fr. John M. Lee, C.P. from Jamaica, NY
Twenty years ago a suburban Catholic High School senior, whom I knew to be gay and to have been suicidal, approached me for help. In response to my "What do you want from me?" He replied, "Tell the gay students that God loves them!" I asked, "Why should I do that?" And he responded, "Because if you don't they will go to the wrong part of town for help and older men will take advantage of them!" When he graduated he told me "Isn't it strange that we have become friends?"
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Fr. John Judie from Louisville
As an African American man in this country and in our Church, I know what it means to be estranged and marginalized by my own society. My heart goes out and my prayers are lifted for anyone and everyone who suffers the same treatment, especially within our Christian community. I greatly thank and applaud our bishops who have the courage to offer such a statement to the entire Catholic faithful.
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Norman P Thomas from Detroit
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Joann Nowak, OSF from SAINT LOUIS
Peace be with you, Bishops, for standing with ALL our sisters and brothers.
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Michael Norko MD, MAR from Durham, CT
Thank you to the bishops who have signed this document. Your leadership is greatly appreciated. I want to make all aware of a recently published document from the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP), entitled Faith Communities and the Well-Being of LGBT Youth. The booklet is available for free download at: https://indd.adobe.com/view/60414ed6-6711-4192-96c1-40b7528c7ff2 or from the GAP website at: ourgap.org. This booklet was prepared by the Psychiatry and Religion and LGBTQ+ Committees of GAP in an effort to share important research information with faith communities and faith leaders about the ways in which they can be helpful to promoting the health and well-being of the LGBTQ+ young people in their communities. We would also welcome any feedback about it and would be happy to answer any questions. Michael Norko MD, MAR Chair, Psychiatry and Religion Committee of GAP
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Deacon Dick Williams from Manhattan Beach
Thank you to church leaders who stand up for our LGBTQ youth!
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Sister Sallie Latkovich from Chicago
On behalf of the Leadership Team of the Congregation of St. Joseph, I am grateful for and heartened by this public action and prophetic stance taken in standing with and for our LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters. We are hopeful it will spark further reflection and discussion within our communities and Church.
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Marianne Lloyd from Maplewood NJ
Thank you for writing this. It is a step in the right direction for true inclusion.
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Dr Jags from Bridgeport
Thank you Bishops who signed this support for all our sisters and brothers! Your witness is seen, preached, lived and witnessed.
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Hรฉctor Dessavre Dรกvila from Guadalajara
Thank you!! Jesus loves all people! But He ask us to help Him to all people feel it!
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LINDA LENAHAN from Berkeley Hts
Thank you for supporting our LGBTQ+ youth. They were created in God's image and many grew up in the Catholic faith. As they begin to realize that the direction of their future, it becomes a very difficult time for them. It usually is not what they exected as a child. They need all the support of those whom they have looked up to their whole lives, including their families and the people of their parishes. It is always said that we should turn to God in difficult times, and they need to have their faith family as they grow into the amazing people that they become.
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Stanley Tuchalski from Kissimmee
I offer my sincere gratitude for our leaders who speak with respect for life in all facets of where humans find themselves. This bespeaks the best of a consistent life ethic - thank you. In my workplace I recently was selected to be part of our QPR Suicide Prevention Team. QPR = Questionโ€ฆ a person about suicideย / Persuadeโ€ฆ the person to get help / Referโ€ฆ the person to an appropriate mental health resource. For many I know I shall reference: "God Is On Your Side."
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Carol Marie Baum, BVM from Dubuque, IA
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Teri Koenig from Yuma
Thanks to all the Church leaders who signed this, especially to Bishop Weisenburger. Arizona can be a difficult place to live for those who are gay and there is overt hostility by some of the religious in this diocese. I hope people will think and pray about loving our neighbors regardless of their sexual orientation.
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Jackie Doepker from Tiffin, OH
Thank you for your support of LGBT youth. Your support is needed and appreciated.
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Mary DeHaven from Wake Forest
As the parent of a LGBTQ child, I am thankful for church leadership who will take a stand for those who are marginalized. God Bless
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Nancy J. from Raleigh
Thank you, Bishops, for loving and caring for ALL the sheep in your flock.
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Sr. Connie Bach from Sough Bend, IN
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Janice R from Raleigh NC
Thank you for listening to your hearts and doing "what Jesus would do". It gives hope to so many.
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John Gibbons OFM from Topawa
Thank you Bishops for taking a prophetic stance in recognition of some of the most harassed and at-risk youth in today's world.
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Chris Damico from Raleigh
Love everyone Thank you Bishops for recognizing the importance of all of Gods children, especially our LGBTQ+ sisters and brothers.
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Alfredo Rodriguez from Santa Barbara California
Thank you Bishops!
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Radine Green from Griffith
Thank you for addressing this issue with love and acceptance. Your support is instrumental to the life of those who are marginalized and bullied. Peace.
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Fr. Bernard Disco, O.S.B. from Manchester, NH
Thank you.
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Bradley A Leger from ESTHERWOOD
I am so appreciative of these bishops who are speaking and acting so prophetically.
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Colleen Mary Mallon, op from La Canada Flintridge
Thank you for your gospel leadership and pastoral care of our LBGTQ+ youth and community. Their beauty and goodness are a treasure that our church has neglected for too long. We belong to each other in Jesus, it's just as simple as that. Grace, peace and gratitude.
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Rev, Louis Arceneaux, C.,M. from New Orleans, La
As the leader of the Peace and Justice Committee of the western Province, USA, Vincentians, I am pleased to offer my support to the bishops and to protecting LGBT youth. May God bless them and all of us to live in unity and harmony.
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Emma from Fort Worth
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Nancy Gotto from Burnsville
So important to support our LGBTQ community and the Bishops that are speaking out against any bullying and discrimination against them. Yes, we join you in support of the LGBTQ folks. God bless and protect them.
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Tiffany Alice Hunsinger from Oakwood, OH
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Shawn Fitzpatrick O.P. from Columbus
Thank you Bishops for accepting all people.
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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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