DIGNITY LOS ANGELES is an independent lay organization that seeks
to reform the Catholic Church, and society in general as well.
We seek reforms mainly on
issues regarding the sexuality of gay, lesbian,
transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) persons. We minister to their spiritual
(and other) needs as well.
We are an affiliate of
a nationwide organization with scores of local chapters and thousands of members. Several chapters are
four in southern California. Click for a nationwide chapter
and for a nationwide
list, both of which
are equipped with links to chapter websites.
Dignity/LA has the unique distinction of being the founding
In 1969, a group of Catholics began to meet to discuss
GLBTQ issues and to celebrate Mass. We took a statement of the then only
recently completed Vatican Council II (the quote is in the box
at the right) as our inspiration in the choice of a name for our
organization. In only a very few years, the organization had
developed into the high-profile nationwide advocate for all GLBTQ
persons that Dignity is today.
During most of the pontificate of Pope John Paul II (1978-2005), Cardinal Joseph
Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI) was the enforcer of orthodox doctrine. Ironically,
however, he had years earlier vigorously defended (see quote in the box to the right)
primacy of conscience, even in the face of contrary demands of the Pope or any other
We urge you to get to know Dignity/LA better. We
invite you (and bring a friend, if you can) to attend a
regular chapter liturgy any Sunday at 5:30 pm (click for an
to some photos) at
and the fellowship (i.e. a social) that follows the liturgy.
Click for a
(equipped with a zoom-in/out feature) and for
In the meantime, please do explore further on this website to learn more
Anything that is underlined (in the text of any page of this website or in either of the two rows
below the banner at the top of each page of this website) links to still more information,
on this website (or elsewhere): so just click on the link to go there.
We echo a saintly Philadelphia pastor who posted this welcome on the parish
"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."