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2 Detroit Catholic LGBTQ groups barred from holding mass

By: - August 11, 2020 8:51 am

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The Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit banned two Catholic LGBTQ groups from holding services or recruiting clergy to perform mass.

Dignity Detroit and Fortunate Families Detroit were barred because the groups “rejects Church teaching on human sexuality” and “provides a misleading and harmful message,” according to Auxiliary Bishop Gerard Battersby.

The Detroit Free Press reports that Dignity Detroit held its first in-person service since the COVID-19 outbreak at a chapel on the former Marygrove College campus. Fortunate Families typically gathers at Christ the King Catholic Church, but due to the pandemic has been hosting mass online. 

“Dignity is still around, and we’re not going anywhere,” president of Dignity Detroit, Frank D’Amore, told The Detroit Free Press. “We just celebrated our 46th anniversary in May. We never went out of our way to embarrass the church hierarchy. We’re on our fourth Archbishop in 39 years, three cardinals. Now, all of a sudden, it’s an issue? I don’t get it.”

Fortunate Families Detroit wrote on their website the Archdiocese are attempting to “silence” the group. 

“We refuse to be silenced and will continue our ministry in the Archdiocese. The time for speaking our truth has never been more urgent. Our emboldened voice has created division with Fortunate Families, Inc. As a group, we are taking time to build our future and explore a new name and affiliation,” Fortunate Families Detroit wrote.

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Allison R. Donahue
Allison R. Donahue

Allison R. Donahue covers education, women's issues and LGBTQ issues. Previously, she was a suburbs reporter at the St. Cloud Times in St. Cloud, Minn., covering local education and government. As a graduate of Grand Valley State University, she has previous experience as a freelance researcher for USA Today and an intern with WOOD TV-8. When she is away from her desk, she spends her time going to concerts, comedy shows or getting lost on hikes in different places around the world.