Dignity Canada Dignité
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
Documents from our Bishops Concerning Homosexuals
go directly to the source to see exactly what the Magisterium of the Roman
Catholic Church has to say about us. Speaking of us in the third person, the
Church admits that "homosexual persons" neither choose their sexual
orientation nor can change it, however she teaches that
our orientation is "disordered" leaving us no moral option except
lifelong abstinence from
all forms of sexual expression.
Our Canadian bishops attempt to influence social policy with
a view of "homosexual persons" as a threat to the traditional
heterosexual family, who therefore should not be entitled to full
citizenship nor protection from hate crimes.
The Catholic Catechism on Homosexuality
1994: declares homosexuals are called to chastity
from the CCCB General Secretary to the Members of the Senate of Canada on Bill
C-250 – An act to amend the Criminal Code (hate propaganda)
Canada's hate propaganda law now includes sexual orientation as a prohibited
ground - but while the bill was being debated and before it was passed, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops urged Canadian senators to allow a "religious exemption"
to the bishops and other clergy - to continue preaching
that sexual conduct between people of the same sex is morally wrong.
Here is the public response by Dignity Canada Dignité.
Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal
Recognition to Unions between Homosexual Persons
2003: the Vatican
calls upon Catholic politicians to oppose legal recognition of same-sex
marriages. Dozens of
American priests have written a letter to their bishops protesting the
hateful language in the 2003 document.
Some Considerations Concerning the Catholic
Response to Legislative Proposals on the Non-Discrimination of Homosexual
1992: urged Catholics to oppose civil rights
protections for homosexuals
Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church
on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons
1986: describes homosexuals as "objectively disordered",
their loving relationships as "intrinsically evil"
Declaration on Certain Questions Concerning
Issued during the papacy of Paul VI, this document
reaffirmed the Church's prohibition of homosexuality,
birth control, masturbation, and all extra-marital sexual activity.
For the Roman Catholic
Church, the only legitimate expression of sexuality is unprotected sex between a
married man and woman.
Apostolic Letter on Reserving Priestly Ordination to Men Alone
1994: and an
astute rebuttal (1995) by the National Coalition of American Nuns
This Teaching Cannot be
Always Our Children - Pastoral Message to Parents of Homosexual Children
and Suggestions for Pastoral Ministers by the US Conference of Catholic