Annual Meeting &
TBD: watch here.
Pope As Pastoral
Pope urges more pastoral Church, in re GLBTs also cit-
Pope John XXIII for:
"See everything; turn a blind eye
to much; correct (just) a little." See quote from Pope Francis in box to the right.
An Austrian priest leads reform effort. On Aug 2, he spoke in Pasadena. Click for
for more on his
Records for IRS
to read (pp 18-20) the IRS rules; &
here for the summary.
Council meets at 3 pm on 2nd Sundays in odd-numbered months; but
to be sure.
Click to read the
Ten percent each Sunday goes to the KOA Fund
(former AIDS Fund). It helps members in need, regardless of cause.
In odd-numbered months, a healing Anointing is held at 1st Sunday Mass.
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WELCOME TO DIGNITY
Dignity/Palm Springs is an independent lay organization that seeks
to reform both the Catholic Church and society in general, mainly on
issues regarding the sexuality of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and
transgender (GLBT) persons, and to minister to the spiritual
(and other) needs of GLBT persons. We are an affiliate of
which is a nationwide organization with scores of chapters
chapters in California,
four of them located in southern California) and thousands of members.
In 1969, a group of Catholics began meeting to discuss
GLBT issues and to celebrate Mass. We took a statement of the then only
recently completed Second Vatican Council (the quote is in the box
at the right) as our inspiration in the choice of a name for our
organization. After just a few years, the organization had
developed into the high-profile nationwide advocate for all GLBT
persons that Dignity is today.
During most of the pontificate of Pope John Paul II (1978-2005), Cardinal Joseph
Ratzinger (but later Pope Benedict XVI) was the chief enforcer of orthodox doctrine. Ironically,
he had long ago vigorously defended (see the quote in the box to the right) the
primacy of conscience, even in the face of contrary demands from the pope or other church
In late 2008, there was a United Nations resolution pressing for the
de-criminalization of homosexuality worldwide. The Vatican did not support the whole
resolution, but it did explain (see the box at the right) that it does support
de-criminalizing sex between consenting adults.
We urge you to get to know Dignity/Palm Springs better.
We cordially invite you (and bring a friend also, if you can) to attend one of the chapter's
regular Sunday liturgies, at 5 pm. In the wake of a fire in the building in which the chapter
had been meeting, Mass is now at St. Paul of the Desert Episcopal Church at
125 W. Alameda, in Palm Springs (click
here for map), and fellowship (i.e. a social)
follows the liturgy.
Meanwhile, please explore this website further to learn more
Anything that is underlined (in the text of any page of this website or in the two rows
that are just below the banner at the top of each page of this website) is a link to more
info, on this website (or elsewhere); so just click on it to go there.
We echo a saintly Philadelphia pastor who posted this welcoming message on his parish
website: "Come into this house and bring all you are. No need to check your failures
at the door. There are no perfect people here. You are invited, so come.
Come in seeking, come in wandering, come in hurting. Come into this house of
companionship and compassion. Come in. You are welcome here."
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