Archbishop Charles C. Thompson

Birthday: 11 April 1961
Education:

Bachelor’s in Accounting – Bellarmine College, Louisville, KY
Master’s of Divinity – St. Meinrad School of Theology, Rockport, IN
Licentiate in Canon Law – St. Paul University, Ottawa, Canada

Ordination: 30 May 1987
Episcopate: 29 June 2011
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Archbishop Charles C. Thompson on the Issues

Viganò testimony

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  • Archbishop Thompson called for renewed “accountability and transparency” in the Church following the allegations made by Archbishop Vigano against ex-Cardinal McCarrick. Thompson stated that there must be an investigation in which lay people are “intricately involved” so that bishops will be held accountable. (Archdiocese of Indianapolis)

Amoris Laetitia

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  • Archbishop Thompson attended a conference in 2017 at Boston College which focused on the implementation of Amoris Laetitia. The conference was organized by vocal Amoris Laetitia defender, Cardinal Cupich, and included pro-Amoris Laetitia speakers like Archbishop Wilton Gregory and Bishop Robert McElroy. (National Catholic Reporter)
  • Archbishop Thompson described Amoris Laetitia as a “beautiful document of sound scriptural, theological and pastoral basis.” He strongly denied that the exhortation does not stray from Church teaching and wrote that “anyone or anything can be taken out of context and manipulated.” Thompson praised Francis for saying Catholics should always respond to situations of “weakness and imperfection” with “humility and compassion” instead of “theological rigidity.” (The Message)

Pro-life leadership

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  • On January 22, 2019, Archbishop Thompson was the principal celebrant at the pro-life Mass prior to the second annual Indiana March for Life in Indianapolis. (Archdiocese of Indianapolis)
  • In 2018, Archbishop Thompson wrote a column in remembrance of the “millions of victims of our nation’s immoral and unjust abortion laws and practices.” Thompson affirmed that “from the first moment of conception each human being must be recognized as having the inviolable right to life.” Thompson also urged all Catholics to do everything in their power “to nurture, protect and defend” the gift of life. (Archdiocese of Indianapolis)
  • In a 2015 column, Archbishop Thompson argued for the need for Catholics to promote a “consistent ethic of life” instead of focusing our attention predominantly on abortion. Thompson wrote that being pro-life should encompass “more than just taking care of the innocent, loved ones and those who agree with us.” Thompson also spoke of the “readily apparent” need to end the death penalty. (The Message)
  • While Bishop of Evansville, Archbishop Thompson concelebrated the 2013 Respect Life Mass for the diocese. In his homily, Thompson urged all Catholics to “remain persistent in the defense of life and human dignity.” (The Message)

Homosexuality

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Abortion politics

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Contraception

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“LGBT” ideology

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Liturgy

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Marriage and Family Life

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  • In a 2018 column, Archbishop Thompson defended traditional marriage. He wrote that “marriage is much more than a social contract or a convenient form of cohabitation.” Rather, marriage is “something holy—the union of a loving couple with their loving God.” Thompson also affirmed that marriage is a “sacred” union between one man and one woman. (Archdiocese of Indianapolis)
  • Archbishop Thompson published a column in 2018 which outlined the Church’s view of love and sexuality. Thompson challenged his readers to “to see sex as a gift to be treasured and reserved for marriage—not as a casual form of recreation or self‑gratification.” Thompson affirmed that sexual love “belongs exclusively to a loving union between a woman and man who are open to life.” (Archdiocese of Indianapolis)

Education

Upholds Church teaching on education
  • Archbishop Thompson revoked permission for Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School to celebrate its annual Holy Spirit Mass. This decision came after Thompson stripped the school of its Catholic identity after it refused to cut ties with with a teacher in a same-sex “marriage.” Brebeuf must now request special permission to celebrate Mass at the school. (LifeSiteNews)
  • Cathedral High School, a Catholic school in Archbishop Thompson’s Archdiocese of Indianapolis, decided to “separate” from one of its teachers in a public same-sex “marriage.” The school stated that it came to this decision after Archbishop Thompson stripped a Jesuit high school of its Catholic status after it refused to let go of a teacher in a same-sex “marriage.” In a letter to the community, Cathedral administrators said that this was an “agonizing” but “necessary” decision. (Indy Star)
  • After a Jesuit-run school in Archbishop Thompson’s archdiocese refused to let go of a teacher in a same-sex “marriage,” he stripped the school of its Catholic status. Thompson had directed the school to not renew the teacher’s contract. In a statement, he insisted that all Catholic school employees in the Archdiocese must “convey and be supportive of all teachings of the Catholic Church” in order to communicate “the fullness of Catholic teaching to students.” (LifeSiteNews)
  • In August 2018, Archbishop Thompson wrote an open letter defending a Catholic high school’s decision to suspend a guidance counselor after it was discovered she was “married” to another woman. Thompson said “The issue concerning Ms. Fitzgerald’s employment is not about sexual orientation, but about the Church’s teaching that marriage is a covenant between a man and a woman.” (Daily Caller)
  • On March 4, 2018, Archbishop Thompson baptized, confirmed, and gave first Holy Communion to two inmates of Indiana Women’s Prison in Indianapolis. After the Mass, Thompson spent “considerable time” with the inmates, answering questions, and consoling and blessing the women. (Catholic News Service)