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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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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Tom Nelson from Manistee, MI
"Love one another as I have loved you, .....and " By their fruits you will know them." Thank you loving bishops!
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Diane Rapozo from Dubuque
I am grateful to the Bishops and Religious Communities that have supported LGBTQ+ people. Thank you, Diane Rapozo, BVM
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Pat Sullivan OP from Beacon
Many thanks to the bishops for their compassion and courage in signing this. we are all one family.
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Lex McMillan from Gettysburg, PA
I am deeply grateful for this courageous statement!
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Keith Pishna from Bayonne
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Ann Marie R Power from South Bend, IN
Thank you to the Bishops who have spoken out in favor of protecting our LGBTQ Youth. I pray more will join them.
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Terese Heim from Bardonia, NY
Thank you for upholding true Christian values and supporting the dignity of all God's children
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Lea Billingslea from Baltimore, MD
Thank you for acting out the Holy Spirit's gifts of compassion and courage.
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Donna Butler, SP from St. Mary of the Woods
Thank you for having the courage to speak to this issue that is putting LGBTQ lives in such danger. The church is the place where they should find compassion and welcome, not rejection.
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Anthony Durante from Reno
A heartfelt thank you to all those who have committed themselves to include all God's children in one loving and protective embrace!
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Nancy Mascotte from Notre Dame, IN
Thank you for your prophetic leadership!
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Gloria Ulterino from PITTSFORD
Thank you.
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Michael Myers from Hamilton
Many thanks for affirming the dignity and worth of LGBT citizens. Hoping more NJ Bishops join in this effort.
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Barbara Cotter from Alexandria, VA
Thank you for standing up for ALL people including LGBTQ. It is time we agree to inclusion.
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Deacon Paul Covino from Worcester
With gratitude for this statement on protecting LGBT youth and with love for LGBT people on our university campuses.
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Robert A. Fambrini, SJ from Phoenix, AZ
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Br. Doug Roach CSC from Notre Dame
Thank you Bishops, women and men of religious communities and people of God everywhere. Thank you for your deep commitment of not only reading the gospels, but putting those words into action. Thanks you responding to Jesus' call to love one another as shown by our actions.
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Br. Doug Roach CSC from Notre Dame
Thank you Bishops, women and men of religious communities and people of God everywhere. Thank you for your deep commitment of not only reading the gospels, but putting those words into action. Thanks you responding to Jesus' call to love one another as shown by our actions.
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Fr. Jack Schuler from St. Louis
As pastor of a parish that welcomes members of the LGBTQ community we thank the bishops for speaking out. I am so grateful for energy, creativity, leadership and prayer that the LGBTQ community brings to our parish.
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Robert McKeon from Washington, DC
Choose life! Support LGBT youth, God's perfect creation. Thank you.
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Emilian Maksymilian from Ostrรณw Wielkopolski
Real pastors by vocation
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Rev. Norman Fischer from Lexington
We are Godโ€™s family and we must not be silent when any of His children are hurt or suffering needlessly! When one suffers we All suffer! Woe to anyone of Godโ€™s children that hurt or deny another one who is already crying out for their basic human dignity before God! Amen!!!
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Deacon Brendan & ANN Carolan from Bloomington, IL
Thank you!
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Deacon Don Burt from Torrance
To all the bishops who support this document and to all the people who have also voiced their support, thank you for doing this.
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Regina from Suffolk County, New York
A great first step! TY for acting on your deeply felt conviction...There is so much more we all need to do as One Body in these times of overwhelming distress and malicious spiritedness. Your witness will light many flames of Divine Love, as we do both on Christmas Eve and Easter morning...May God reward you deeply for your courage to stand out from the many who refuse to see Divine Presence in others who are different from themselves. The world desperately needs your humble love and gracious leadership! โค๏ธ
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Mark-David Janus from Mahwah, New Jersey
Paulist Press joins Cardinal Tobin in his affirmation of "God is On Your Side." This is a matter of justice and compassion. Rev. Mark-David Janus CSP., Ph.D. President and Publisher Paulist Press
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Sister Sally Marie Hodgdon, CSJ from Rome, Italy
On behalf of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambery, I offer our gratitude to the Bishops who have proclaimed and given witness to the gospel of Jesus by taking this initiative to welcome, protect and respect LGBT Youth.
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Sr. Christina Meyer from Salina
Thank you, thank you.
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Carolyn and James Gray from Bloomington, IL
TO THE BISHOPS who have signed the The TYLER CLEMENTI "GOD IS ON YOUR SIDE document PROTECTING LGBT Youth, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for standing by our brothers and sisters in Christ.
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Kate O'Donnell from Aston
Dear Friends, It is with deep gratitude that I read your statement and know of your support of our LGBT youth. i pray you are blessed in all you do. You are true witnesses of what Jesus would do.
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Sister Ruth Battaglia CSA from Fond du Lac
I commend you for signing "God is On Your Side". As a former high school teacher, I know how important it is for young people to know that they are loved by God and by all of us for who they are.
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Judy Flanagan,OP from Amityville, New. York
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Fred Dilger, OFM from Philadelphia
Thank you for your courage and leadership.
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Fr. David Convertino, OFM from New York
Thank you to the Bishops and all those who signed this statement. I wish our Cardinal Dolan would show his support of God's unconditional love by signing and supporting this statement for New York City. I'm most Catholics would easily support the statement even though their Bishops may not. Fr. David, OFM
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Kathleen Deignan, CND, PhD from New Rochelle
Good work, Brothers. Thanks. Sister Kathleen
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Misael Avila from Riverbank Ca
Thank you for your support and your courage. Everyone should know that God loves them unconditionally and that they are always welcome in our Church.
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Angie Howard-McParland from Providence, RI
Thank you for speaking out to uphold the dignity of the LGBTQ community and end bullying and harassment. This is what it looks like to be pro-life and standing with the marginalized the way that Jesus taught.
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Mary Pendergast from Pawtucket, RI
Thank you for upholding the teaching that we love one another. I wish my Bishop, the other @Bishop Thomas Tobin, would do this!
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Jane Flood from Bothell
Thank you for standing up for us. As a transgender person, I look forward to the day a statement like this isn't a surprise.
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William P. Mullooly from Milwaukee, WI
That was a bold and beautiful statement. Way to go!!!!
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Janet Patterson from Sebring FL
Thank you for being light in the darkness for our brothers and sisters.
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Carolyn Lehman from Elyria
Thank you for your insight and courage to speak out in support of LGBT youth. We are all created by God and loved unconditionally by God. May we all love as we have been commanded by Jesus.
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Jackie Seneschal from Bel Air Maryland
Bishop Madden and the rest, Thank you for this statement. Our young people need to hear a message of respect and concern from the Church. Our job is to bring people to Christ. He will sort things out from there.
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Amy Stewart from San Francisco
Thank you for being a light in the darkness. I hope others will follow your example.
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Anne Stehly from Santa Paula
Thank you.
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Vincent Hackett from Liverpool
Thank you for publishing Godโ€™s message to the oft marginalized.
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Donald Dyson from Chicago
it is so important to our young and older LGBTQ's to feel accepted and to know that they are loved for it is God's love by which all love is understood.
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Eve Vogt from Baltimore
Thank you
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Jeff Renner from Sammamish
My appreciation is great for your prophetic example-fulfilling the call of Jesus in the Gospel.
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Rick Rupprecht from Whitewater, Wisconsin
Thank you, bishops.
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Joan Sweeney from Hauppauge
Thank you for advocating for the LGBTQ community. Let us hope more bishops and cardinals have the courage and conviction to join you.
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Dorothy McMillan from Gettysburg
As the parent of an LGBT child, I am so grateful.
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Mary Pawelko from Idaho Falls
Thank you all for showing love and support to this group of people who are too often maligned and downtrodden.
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Frank Dagostino from Oakley CA
Thank you Bishops.
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Rachel O'Dea from Louisville
Thank you for showing that the Catholic Church leads with compassion in the image and likeness of Christ.
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SUSAN NAGELE from Urbana, Illinois
Thank you and I hope and pray that our Bishops from the Diocese of Peoria Illinois will show their support with you soon.
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John McGowan from Chicago
Especially important during a time when hate is being mainstreamed by politicians whoโ€™ve shown there is no evil they wonโ€™t embrace to further their ambition.
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Linda Boire from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Thank you for your prophetic vision in standing up with LGBT folks
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Elizabeth Harburg from Tacoma
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Sister Joyce Kahle from Dayton
Thank you very much for reaching out and supporting LGBTQ youth and people of all ages in contrast to statements from very conservative or narrow-minded bishops who support discrimination and condemnation. Too many LGBTQ youth have been driven away from religion altogether or have even committed suicide because of erroneous beliefs instilled by the Church against their very existence. Thank God for bishops like you who proclaim God's love for all God's creation. May you be blessed abundantly for your courage to speak out!
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Kathryn Shay Sutton from Newark
Thank you! My Christ loves everyone!
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MaryChristine OConnorThomsen from PortWashington NY
Standing with you!!!
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Fr. Maximilian Martin OFM Conv. from Oxford, UK
Thank you all so much! Having worked for a time in University Chaplaincy, I can attest to the fact that it can be very difficult for a young person to discuss issues connected with their sexuality, not least because they expect a judgemental attitude from the church. Your courageous statement is most surely a welcome and necessary step towards an attitude of acceptance and understanding that will be of benefit to so many young people, and a shining example of Christ-like leadership to our church. Again, thank you and bless you!
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Matt Knowlton from Long Beach
As an adult gay son, brother, uncle, and teacher, thank you!
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Jonathan McGee from Nashville
Thank you all for signing this document! Many are encouraged when actions like this are done! Please speak strong and true with your brother bishops!
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Fr. Gregory Greiten from Milwaukee
As an openly gay priest of the Roman Catholic Church, I thank you for your support and your willingness to stand up for all LGBTQ+ people. Keep speaking out! Keep taking a stand against all of the homophobia and injustices that continue within our Church communities. You support is greatly appreciated!
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Elizabeth Rafferty from Havertown
Thank you for living out the Gospel message!!
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Gabriella from Buffalo
Thank you for your courage and compassion. It is more meaningful to me and folks like me than you will ever know
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Jessica orol from Oceanside, NY
Thank you! May many more follow your lead.
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Bernie Tomasso from Port Byron NY
Thank you for supporting the LGBTQ Community.
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Thomas Volpicella from Massapequa Park, NY
Thank you all for standing up and doing what is right!
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Kathleen Burke from Lakewood Ohio
All life is worthy...thank you
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John E. Dunn from Seattle
Thank you all for doing the right thing!
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Kristin McDonough from New York City
Thank you for your leadership and love. Your actions support not only LGBT youth and families but also our beloved Francis. In his encyclicals and other writings, his actions, and his personal affect Pope Francis models the compassion, empathy, love, and respect for all humans that should mark the Christian.
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John Dorsey from Urbana, Illinois
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Kevin Coogan from Riverdale, NY
Thank you for the stand that you have taken. It is so much appreciated.
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Robert Lepisko from New York
Thank you for speaking up.
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Sr. Marita Juras, SHS from Pittsburgh, PA
Thank you for helping these young people to know that God has not abandoned them but rather loves them deeply and cares for them.
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Agnes Franco Temple from Lima, Peru, South America.
Gracias!! Esta es la Iglesia que anhelamos!!!
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Romulo Franco SJ from Lima, Peru, South America
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Connor from Coyne
Thank you for your commitment to LGBTQ family and friends in our community!
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Patricia Wiley from New York
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Lorraine Kim from Champaign, Illinois
Thank you. Your support means so much to so many people, both LGBTQ+ people who might feel alienated from their Church, as well as all who love them, who feel a very similar alienation and shame because of the behavior of some hateful Christians. Hateful Christians--it should be an oxymoron, shouldn't it?
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Emily Pfaff from Arlington
Thank you for standing up for the LGBTQ+ community. As a proud Mama bear, I applaud you!
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Jeanine Cavanagh from Raritan
Thank you for giving me renewed hope in our Church! You are the good shepherds we flock to... the true image of Christ tangible and alive on the altar of your lives through your priestly ministry. I am ever so grateful! You are in my prayers for your courage and in great gratitude!
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Erica Guthrie from Atlanta
Thank you for standing up with a message in inclusiveness on this issue! Itโ€™s moments like this that make me happy to have been raised a catholic and for raising my children as catholics too.
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Theresa Reichley from Rockledge
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Bridget Rouse from Jackson Heights
I am a Catholic and believe in human rights for all, especially for our most vulnerable, which includes LGBTQ persons who are often excluded, ridiculed, bullied, and not made explicitly welcome and most importantly ACCEPTED in our parishes.
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Anthony Pacifico from Fairfield, CT
Thank you for standing up for equal rights for all!
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Suzanne Petto from HILLSBOROUGH, NJ
Thank you for helping us protect our LGBTQ sons, daughters, & other loved ones.
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Theresa Ocampo from West Chester, PA
Thank you. As a mother of a transgender, I am extremely grateful for your protection, love and acceptance.
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Deacon Eugene Beil from New Port Richey
God loves all His children
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Josephine Alvarado from Mission,Ksnsas
Thanks to the Bishops and all who have signed this statement. God is on their side and he us on all of our sides. It is long overdue. God bless and protect us all.
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Ruth Joyce from EAST BRUNSWICK
God bless you for spreading the message to our LGBT family :to know that God created you, God loves you and God is on your side.
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Dr.Maria d. C Rodriguez from N. Brunswick
Great work in protecting LGBTW youth.
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Angela Flynn from Pittsboro
I thank you from the depths of this momโ€™s heart!
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Maria Valenzuela from Federal Way
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Tram from Washington
LBGT people are God children.
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Betsy from Bronx, NY
What could be more Christ-like than loving all of Godโ€™s children? I hope more follow your lead.
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Mary E LeBlanc from Dudley MA
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John Regis Hollick from New York
Thank you so much for your leadership, care and support for those who are so often neglected โ€“ our LGBTQ youth.
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Alice from Norristown, PA
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Jack Donnelly from East Windsor
Thank you.
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So grateful to everyone especially our leaders who stands up against bullying! Everyone has a right to dignity and safety.
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Bev Young from Milford
Bless you for your courage and fortitude. Thank you !!!
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Larry Hess from Queens, NY
Thank you!
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Anne Mulderry from New York
Dear Loving Bishops, true shepherds, thank you for being a sign of the Love of Our Lord in our world, in our times.
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Robert G. Showers OFM Conv. from Angola, IN USA
May the God of Love give courage and clarity to people of faith. Thank you, bishops, and thank you, Tyler Clementi Foundation.
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Monica from johnson
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Lois Siegel from NYC
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Jazmin from Los Angeles
Thank you! On behalf of my loved ones who have been feeling alienated from their Church ๐Ÿ’œ
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Kerena cannon from Little Rock AR
Wow that is awesome! God is for everyone!โค๏ธโค๏ธ๐Ÿ™โค๏ธโค๏ธ
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