Marianne Duddy-Burke is the executive director of DignityUSA, which represents the majority of U.S. Catholics who support justice, equality, and full inclusion of LGBTQI people in the church and society. Founded in 1969, DignityUSA has long worked for equal access for all to the church's sacraments.

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What makes our bishops think they own the Eucharist?

Commentary: The impending debate at the U.S. bishops' conference could have significant implications for many high-profile Catholics. However, the institutionalization of the Eucharist affects the spiritual health of millions of Catholics every single day.


Catholic bishops opposed a suicide prevention hotline. Why?

Commentary: The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has hit a stomach-churning new low. Bishops were willing to prevent help being made available to millions of Americans because that help extended to LGBTQ people.

Nickie Valdez, pioneering Catholic lesbian advocate, inspired a diverse community

Appreciation: Nickie Valdez died Dec. 25 at her home in San Antonio at the age of 80. She was passionate about making a home within the Catholic Church for LGBTQI people.


Catholic officials trampling on employees' free speech is disturbing

Commentary: We've seen an alarming increase in the firing or intimidation of people in same-sex marriages who are employed by Catholic institutions. However, a new story has chilling implications.