Bishop David M. O’Connell

Birthday: 21 April 1955
Education:

Bachelor’s of Philosophy – Niagara University, Lewiston, NY
Licentiate in Canon Law – The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
Doctorate in Canon Law – The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

Ordination: 21 May 1982
Episcopate: 30 July 2010
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Bishop David M. O’Connell on the Issues

Viganò testimony

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Amoris Laetitia

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Pro-life leadership

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  • In September, 2018, Bishop O’Connell called on Catholics to focus their attention on the upcoming Respect Life Month. O’Connell stated that Catholics should fervently pray “on the conviction that every human life is precious and worthy of protection, from conception to natural death.” O’Connell wrote, “fighting against the ‘culture of death’” is “a battle worth fighting in today’s world.” (Diocese of Trenton)
  • In a joint statement with other New Jersey bishops, Bishop O’Connell voiced support for the Dream Act of 2017, which would protect 800,000 DACA youth. O’Connell stated in the letter that those who have immigrated to the United States are among “the most vulnerable in our society.” (Archdiocese of Newark)

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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  • Bishop O’Connell allows St. John the Baptist Church in his diocese to celebrate the Extraordinary Form of the Mass every Friday and Sunday. (Saint John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church)
  • During a question and answer session at a Theology on Tap event, Bishop O’Connell praised the Traditional Latin Mass and its ability to draw young people back to the Church. O’Connell encouraged those present to attend the Extraordinary Form, saying that many find “spiritual nourishment” in it. (The Monitor)
  • Bishop O’Connell celebrated a Solemn Pontifical High Mass at St. Hedwig Church in Trenton, New Jersey on the Feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in 2012. The celebration of this Mass marked the first time in over half a century that a Solemn Pontifical High Mass was offered in the Diocese of Trenton. (Youtube)

Marriage and Family Life

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Education

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  • In 2017, Bishop O’Connell affirmed that the purpose of Catholic schools is to “set the world on fire by proclaiming the Good News for all people.” O’Connell argued that Catholic schools but be “unambiguously” and “distinctly faith-based and Catholic.” Catholic schools which fail to meet this standard are “simply just ‘schools.’” (Diocese of Trenton)