Dignity Toronto Dignité
Dignité meets on the second Saturday of each month at 2 pm at the
519 Church Street Community Centre located on Church Street (one block north
of Wellesley Street).
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2018-2019 Report from Dignity Toronto Dignité
continue our quest to accompany our members on their journeys, as varied
as they are, as well as to challenge the injustices both within and
outside the Roman Catholic establishment, especially as they relate to
our loves and lives as LGBT Christians. We continue to meet on the
second Saturday of each month at the 519 Church Street Community Centre
as we have since April 2012. Our current executive consists of: Michael
Armstrong, Steve Taylor and Frank Testin.
Monthly Email Announcement
a week before our monthly meetings, an email is sent to those on our
list (about 60 persons) giving information on the upcoming meeting. In
addition, it lists other upcoming events, and presents a “Food for
Thought” section with a 300-500-word quote from the writings of authors
such as Marcus Borg, Ilia Delio, Daniel Helminiak, Geoffrey Robinson and
Richard Rohr. For four months, excerpts were presented from the Dignity
Canada Dignité position paper “Cultivating Justice Love: Toward a
Revision of Catholic Sexual Ethics” (February, 2019).
Meetings at the 519 Centre:
our monthly meetings, we have developed a particular format which starts
with a check-in, a reflection presented on a rotation basis by members,
and usually a discussion based on a live presentation, DVD or printed
materials. We’ve also adopted the practice of closing the meeting with
a shared prayer of petitions/thanks and the Lord’s prayer. Generally, we
have 8-10 persons in attendance.
viewed and discussed a number of video recordings from YouTube or other
sources or DVDs at our monthly meetings. This included:
A video of a presentation on the
sequence of books in the New Testament delivered by John Shelby Spong
in Toronto three years ago.
The documentary "The Fruit
Machine" about the persecution of LGBT persons in the Canadian federal
public service and Canadian Armed Forces.
The documentary "Deep Fake" that
was aired in December 2018 on The Fifth Estate about the manipulation
of digital video and audio.
Video presentation by Gregory
Boyle, S.J., on Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, the largest gang
intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the U.S.A.
DVD of David Suzuki's "The Sacred
our meetings at the 519 Centre, we also listened to and discussed the
following audio recordings:
Recording from CBC Radio One's
"Ontario Today" on transgender persons. Its guest was Rick Prashaw,
author of “Soar, Adam, Soar”
Radio documentary "Shepherds or
Scapegoats - Gay Priests" aired in the spring 2019 on CBC Radio One's Ideas.
(U.S.) Future Church podcast as
part of its 2018-2019 series Power to the People: clericalism in the
RC Church: Tom Doyle OP “The Role of Canon Law: From Clericalism to
two monthly meetings, a chapter member presented talks on issues of
religious language, and on contemplation in Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato
Si. (On Care for our Common Home), 2015. Finally, at a recent
monthly meeting, the Dignity Canada president gave a report on the Third
Assembly of the Global Network of Rainbow Catholics held in Chicago June
30 – July 4.
two co-authors of Cultivating Justice Love, met with several
members in a member’s home to talk about the development of the national
body’s position paper sent to the CCCB president on February 11.
We have been holding monthly potluck suppers at members’ homes, usually
on the fourth Tuesday of the month. (4-7 persons).
Ecumenical Good Friday Walk:
We helped to plan for the event, and at least three members participated
in the group of about 250. It started and ended at the Church of the
Holy Trinity, an Anglican parish with a strong outreach to the homeless,
located next to the Eaton Centre. There will likely be no walk in 2020,
as the planning team decided to retire and no one else has stepped
forward to take on the role.
On May 10, the chapter mailed five paper copies of Dignity Canada’s
position paper (February 2019) to the Toronto archbishop and the four
auxiliary bishops for their study and consideration. No reply has been
Dignity Toronto Dignité Mission Statement
To provide a safe place for LGBT/Q Catholics and allies to bear
witness to the integrity and holiness of our lives and relationships,
including opportunities for members to share our experiences as LGBT/Q
and allied persons. This requires us to foster diversity and
inclusion. In response to Jesus’ invitation to become more fully
human and alive, we aim to integrate our sexuality with our
spirituality, and to nurture self-acceptance.
To work in collaboration with other Catholic organizations seeking
reform in our church’s governance and official teachings, especially
in the area of sexual ethics. Acknowledging the large gap between
what is officially taught and the actual beliefs, values and lives of
most church members, we develop proposals for sexual theology, taking
into account scripture, reason, scientific knowledge, tradition and
the real-life experiences of our members.
To bring about an increase in justice, transparency and accountability
within the institutional church, we support the increased involvement
of laity in governance structure, including decision-making roles.
We advocate the acceptance of qualified persons in all church
ministries, regardless of sexual orientation, gender or marital
status, and commend Catholic parishes which offer LGBT/Q-affirming
To work with others within and outside our church to live out the
Gospel values of charity, justice, compassion and community in
helping those living in poverty, suffering illness or despair, or
others living at the margins of society.
We are all the people of God who endeavour to practice Jesus’ messages
of non-violence, love and goodwill in dealing with any oppressors
while working toward the non-violent elimination of conflicts among
nations, injustices in our society and elsewhere in our global village
and reversing the degradation of our sacred environment.
Dignity Canada Dignité is
Canada's organization of Roman Catholics who are concerned about our
church's sexual theology, particularly as it pertains to gay, lesbian,
bisexual, and transgender persons. We work in collaboration with other
Catholic organizations seeking reform in our church's leadership and