Bishop David Konderla

Birthday: 3 June 1960
Education:

Bachelor’s in History – University of Dallas, Irving, TX
Master’s of Divinity – University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX

Ordination: 3 June 1995
Episcopate: 29 June 2016

Bishop David Konderla on the Issues

Viganò testimony

Supports investigating Archbishop Viganò’s claims
  • On August 26, Bishop Konderla published a Facebook post expressing his support for an investigation of Archbishop Vigano’s claims. “I count myself blessed that it was Archbishop Viganò who called me to tell me that I was appointed fourth bishop of Tulsa. The allegations he details mark a good place to begin the investigations that must happen in order for us to restore holiness and accountability to the leadership of the Church.” (Facebook)

Amoris Laetitia

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Pro-life leadership

Actively engages in pro-life leadership
  • The Diocese of Tulsa partners with 40 Days for Life on an annual basis to protest abortion, and features on its Family & Pro-Life website links to 40 Days For Life’s Facebook page and homepage. (Diocese of Tulsa)
  • Bishop Konderla was joined by approximately 120 people from the Diocese of Tulsa at the 2018 March for Life in Washington. Konderla told the Tulsa World newspaper that ““This younger generation is increasingly pro-life, and that means that it has legs, it will go on into the future.” (Tulsa World)
  • 80 young Catholics attended the 2017 March for Life in Washington D.C. with Bishop Konderla. (Tulsa World)
  • Bishop Konderla spoke at the 2017 Tulsa March for Life, which was attended by 1,000 people. Konderla told the crowd that Roe v. Wade was “wrong on the day it was made” and that “we must commit ourselves to never relent, to never give up until it is gone and we are restored to a nation that respects and defends life.” (Tulsa World)
  • Bishop Konderla made a video that was posted to Facebook urging Catholics to participate in the 2017 Tulsa March for Life. Konderla told Catholics to “put on the armor of God” and “draw strength from God” in order to “stand fast against the tactics of the devil.” (Bishop Konderla)
  • Bishop Konderla led a prayer vigil for the 40 Days for Life campaign on October 11, 2016 in Tulsa. Konderla had been participating in 40 Days for Life events for years while serving as associate pastor at St. Mary’s Catholic Center in College Station, Texas. (40 Days for Life)
  • Before being named bishop of Tulsa in 2016, Konderla worked for 19 years helping women with post-abortion trauma. During a 2016 interview with the Tulsa World newspaper, Konderla said “It is a dangerous idea that a woman has the right to take the life of her unborn child.” (Tulsa World)

Homosexuality

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Abortion politics

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  • Bishop Konderla issued a Facebook statement on October 14, 2016 rebuking Hillary Clinton for saying unborn persons don’t have constitutional rights. Konderla said Clinton’s remark was the “most vile and lewd comment” that has been said in the entire election cycle. Konderla affirmed that the right to life “cannot be one political issue among others.” He also said the likelihood Clinton would appoint Supreme Court judges who share her “unjust belief” is “frightening.” (Bishop Konderla)

Contraception

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“LGBT” ideology

Upholds Church teaching on “LGBT” ideology
  • On July 27, 2017, Bishop Konderla posted a message on Facebook stating: “Our body is a gift of a loving God and tells us if we are a man or a woman. Let us love and seek to help our brothers and sisters who experience a confusion between the message of their body and how they feel or think about their own identity as a man or woman.” Konderla attached to his message a link to a Catholic website featuring articles defending church teaching against “transgenderism.” (Bishop Konderla)
  • On July 13, 2017, Bishop Konderla defended church teaching on homosexuality. In his post, he expressed support for Courage, a Catholic apostolate that helps persons with same-sex attraction, and shared an article that reviewed Fr. James Martin’s pro-“LGBT” book. The review observed that Martin’s book failed to uphold orthodox Catholic teaching on sexuality. (Bishop Konderla)
  • During an interview with America magazine on June 22, 2016, Konderla sided with Church teaching on the issue of “transgenderism.” He told the interviewer that the church is under attack from people who want to weaken the freedom of religion and who who would harm the family through an ideological understanding of gender that does not correspond to the truth about the human person.” (America)

Liturgy

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Marriage and Family Life

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  • Bishop Konderla serves on the episcopal advisory board of the Theology of the Body Evangelization Team, a grassroots organization founded in 2001 that promotes marriage prep, seminars and education cirriculum across the United States rooted in Theology of the Body. (Theology of the Body Evangelization Team)
  • During one of his first interviews he gave after being elevated to bishop of Tulsa in 2016, Konderla told the Tulsa World newspaper that secularism is to blame for the growth of pornography and for the attacks on the family. Pornography is “a disease in our culture that our young people are constantly battling against,” he said. “Marriage is under assault by a gender ideology that wants to say we can make marriage whatever we want, as if we invented marriage. But this is simply not true.” (Tulsa World)

Education

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  • Bishop Konderla was the director of campus ministry at Texas A&M for eleven years. On average nine students entered seminary or novitiate formation each year. Papal biographer George Weigel said Konderla “set the gold standard in traditional campus ministry and created a model for others to emulate.” (First Things)