Catholic Coalition for Gay Civil Rights
Organization profile published 1981

Publisher:  Catholic Coalition for Gay Civil Rights, Maryland, U.S.A.
Year Published:  1981  
Resource Type:  Organization
Cx Number:  CX2201
Inactive/Defunct Organization
Abstract:  This US based Roman Catholic coalition believes that "proclaiming the kingdom of God demands a vigorous public ministry of liberation from both personal and social forces that oppress people - persons with a homosexual orientation are oppressed people - they have a full and equal claim upon love and understanding and upon the pastoral concern of the Church".

The coalition states that in 1976, the Catholic bishops of the US declared that homosexual persons should not suffer from prejudice and from violations of their basic human rights. This group urges Catholics and particularly Catholic leaders to take the lead in defending the civil rights of gay persons. The coalition opposes any practice that permits individuals and institutions to discriminate against persons because of sexual orientation. "W support protective legislation (at all levels of society) that guarantee gay persons' basic human and civil rights relative to housing and employment".

This group is committed to working for the elimination of discriminatory attitudes and practices in Catholic parishes, schools, diocesan offices, seminaries, religious communities and the Catholic media. "The Church's courageous defense of human rights is ineffective if not forcefully embodies in the life and structures of local Catholic commuties".

Canadians (groups or individuals) can participate in the work of the coalition by writing to the above address for the coalition's statement and endorsement form. Present endorsers include the National Assembly for Women Religious (US), National Assembly Of Religious Brothers (US), National Coalition Of American Nuns And Women's Theological Coalition (Boston, US).

This organization no longer exists.
This abstract was published in the Connexions Digest in 1981.

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