Bishop David J. Walkowiak

Birthday: 18 June 1953
Education:

Bachelor’s in Government and International Studies – University of Notre Dame, Indiana
Master of Divinity – Saint Mary Seminary, Cleveland, Ohio
Graduate Studies in Canon Law – The Catholic University of America

Ordination: 19 June 1979
Episcopate: 18 June 2013
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Bishop David J. Walkowiak on the Issues

Viganò testimony

Supports investigating Archbishop Viganò’s claims
  • On September 10th, Bishop Walkowiak issued a statement expressing support for a “thorough” investigation of Archbishop Vigano’s revelations. Walkowiak said he was “ashamed and angry” with everything that has been “revealed” during the last few months. He also said “Only a thorough investigation will determine whether the claims made by the Archbishop are true. If they are true, action needs to be taken promptly to fix these failures.” (Diocese of Grand Rapids)

Amoris Laetitia

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Pro-life leadership

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  • Bishop Walkowiak participated in a pro-life prayer service on March 30, 2017 outside the Heritage Clinic For Women, an abortion clinic in Grand Rapids, Michigan. (Facebook)
  • On October 28, 2016, Bishop Walkowiak led a vigil and prayer service outside an abortion clinic in his diocese. The prayer service was part of the 40 Days for Life campaign. (Facebook)

Homosexuality

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Abortion politics

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  • In January 2019, Bishop Walkowiak seemed to express frustration at the fact that Andrew Cuomo and other pro-abortion Catholics seem to face no repercussions for their actions. Walkowiak wrote that Cuomo’s “enthusiastic embrace of the ideology of the culture of death” is “diametrically opposed to the teachings of the Catholic Church.” However, “valid canonical remedies to address the scandal and harm done” seem to elude him. (Diocese of Grand Rapids)

Contraception

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“LGBT” ideology

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Liturgy

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Marriage and Family Life

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Education

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  • In February 2018, Bishop Walkowiak released a statement supporting the decision of a Catholic high school in his diocese that fired its lesbian softball coach for “marrying” her “partner.” In his letter, Walkowiak said he was “grateful” to the school’s leadership team for “working with staff to ensure that the Catholic faith is presented in a way fully in accord with the teachings of the Catholic Church.” (Diocese of Grand Rapids)