2007 Newsletters

The Fortunate Families newsletter is published 8 to 10 times yearly. It includes up-to-date news concerning lesbian and gay Catholics and their parents, thought-provoking articles, stories from parents and others, and a calendar of events.

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December 2007

  • New Fortunate Families website launched
  • Letters can make a difference…even to bishops—Mary Jean Smith
  • Let’s Talk About Homosexuality:  series begins January 7
  • Interview with Ann Castiglione, winner of Spirit of St. Francis Award from St.
    Francis Seminary
  • Parish cancels talk by father and lesbian daughter (Reprinted from NCR)
  • Closing the door on ourselves:  NCR editorial
  • Minneapolis vigil to publicly protest Coadjutor Archbishop John Nienstedt’s words regarding gay and lesbian people
  • “Does patience lead to love, or love lead to patience?” — Deacon Al Symonanis

November 2007

  • Support grows for those who are gay and Catholic—Deb Price
  • Notre Dame parishioner strives to “sow love” — Kathrynne Skonicki
  • Gay? Who cares? — Gregory Rodriguez
  • Becoming parents — Gregg Mazzetti
  • Letter to editor — Fr. Jim Schexnayder

October 2007

  • Parents Voice Project Survey Report issued
  • Welcoming Catholics form Coalition
  • Focus group discusses ways to welcome gays in the Church
  • Assumptions — by Steve Balog
  • Feedback on DignityUSA Pastoral Care Guidelines
  • Gay Catholic youth group ministers in Mexico – by CNS
  • What keeps you in the Church? – by Doris Hand
  • A mother’s experience – by Rita Wagner
  • Feedback on San Diego mayor press conference video

August 2007

  • DignityUSA pastoral care guidelines
  • Happy marriage is an enduring goal—by Deb Price
  • Dear Bishop—by Randy Roth
  • San Diego Padres gay it up—by Rex Wockner
  • After Marriage—by Chuck Colbert
  • Wanted! Grant writer

July 2007

  • Homosexuality & the Church: Scripture & Experience
  • Born-again flamingo’s two loving daddies
  • To honk, or not to honk!
  • Victory for same-sex marriage advocates

June 2007

  • Massachusetts same-marriage to continue
  • Personal stories changed minds
  • Massachusetts Bishops statement
  • Stories make a difference: An activist is born
  • Fortunate Families annual meeting
  • Not master builders
  • Finding a Way—by Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas
  • Is there a grant writer in the house?

May 2007

  • Gay, Catholic and parent of three–by Chuck Colbert
  • Bishop responses to dialogue letter, other resources, etc.
  • Calming the frenzy–NCR editorial
  • Just do it–NCR editorial
  • Parents of LGBT persons action plans developed at NWM

March 2007

  • Updated bishops responses to dialogue letter
  • New Ways Ministry Symposium–Eucharistic prohibition
  • New Ways Ministry Symposium parents caucus with bishops
  • Parents Voice Project survey news
  • Gen Peter Pace’s Catholic Dilemma
  • Faith, gays, and chastity by John Haldane
  • On helping the faithful negotiate confusion–James Alison

February 2007

  • Responses from bishops – replies to the Fortunate Families letter
  • Monsignor reaches out to victims – successful start up of parish ministry
  • Parents Voice Project survey news – themes in parents’ survey responses
  • Two Mommies or Two Daddies Will Do Fine, Thanks
  • ‘The argument’s origin turns out not to be in theology, but in popular prejudice’ – by Clifford Longley, prominent British Catholic columnist
  • On Becoming a Non Violent Presence – by Sr. Marge O’Gorman
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