WATCH: Nationally-renowned speakers host a live webinar on the Equality Act and what it means for Catholics

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The proposed Equality Act of 2021 is expected to be voted on in the U.S. Senate very soon, and several nationally renowned speakers hosted a webinar in response discussing what its passage could mean for Catholics.

Click here to watch the webinar.

The webinar was hosted by the Colorado Catholic Conference, in collaboration with the Archdioceses of Los Angeles and New York, Dioceses of Green Bay and Arlington, Virginia Catholic Conference, and Catholic dioceses across the country. Among the speakers featured were Mary Hasson, a co-founder of the Person and Identity Project, and Ryan T. Anderson, author When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment, which was recently banned by Amazon.

The Bishops of Colorado recently issued a letter to the faithful expressing their concerns about the Equality Act, writing: “If the Equality Act is signed into law, the Catholic Church’s social teaching on human sexuality will be effectively outlawed as discriminatory and many of the Church’s institutions and faithful could be accused of violating this law.”

To stay up-to-date on all faith-related legislative issues in Colorado, be sure to sign up for the Colorado Catholic Conference Legislative Network.

Additional Resources for Understanding the Equality act and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues (SOGI)

Learn more about the Equality Act here.

Learn how to call your Senators here.

Find resources for your family, school or parish here.

Additional resources for families with school-aged children are available here.

Watch Walt’s Story, the lived experience of someone who experienced gender dysphoria here.

Read more about medical treatments used to transition here.

COMING UP: From rare books to online resources, archdiocesan library has long history of service to students

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National Library Week, observed this year from April 4 to April 10, is the perfect occasion to highlight the essential role of libraries and library staff in strengthening our communities – and our very own Cardinal Stafford Library at the Archdiocese of Denver is no exception.  

Since 1932, the library has served as a religious, intellectual, and cultural resource for seminarians and students at St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver.

As the library of the seminary, we are always responsible for the four dimensions of the priestly formation of our seminarians. The library is charged with being responsible to all the divisions of the Seminary: the Lay Division (Catholic Biblical School and Catholic Catechetical School), the Permanent Deacon Formation Division, and the Priestly Formation Division, said Stephen Sweeney, Library Director. 

In addition to being one of the main resources to the seminary, the Cardinal Stafford Library serves the needs of other educational programs in the Archdiocese of Denver, including the St. Francis School for Deacons, the Biblical School, the Catechetical School and the Augustine Institute. While the library is currently closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was previously open to anyone, giving people access to more than 150,000 books, audios, and videos. 

The Cardinal Stafford Library was named after Cardinal J. Francis Stafford, Apostolic Penitentiary at the Vatican and former Archbishop of Denver from 1986 to 1996. He was a dedicated advocate of the library and of Catholic education.

In 1932, the library was established by two seminarians, Maurice Helmann and Barry Wogan. While they were not the first seminarians to conceive the idea of establishing a library, they are considered the founders for undertaking its organization.  

Since its founding, the library has grown and compiled a fine collection of resources on Catholic theology, Church history, biblical studies, liturgy, canon law, religious art, philosophy, and literature. Special collections include over 500 rare books dating back to the early 16th century and many periodicals dating back to the 1800s. The oldest publication in the library is a book on excommunication published in 1510. The Cardinal Stafford Library is also home to various relics and holds bills personally written by some of those saints.  

Over the past few years, the library has undergone a process of beautification through various renovations that include improvements in lighting, flooring, and even furniture restoration. During these difficult times, libraries are doing their best to adapt to our changing world by expanding their digital resources to reach those who don’t have access to them from home. 

The Cardinal Stafford Library provides a community space; we subscribe to about 200 print journals and have access to literally thousands more through online resources available on campus computers, Sweeney added. “I have been the Library Director for almost 11 years. I absolutely love my work, especially participating in the intellectual formation of the faithful from all of the dioceses we serve”.  

For more information on the Cardinal Stafford Library, visit: sjvdenver.edu/library 

Featured photo by Andrew Wright