Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger

Birthday: 29 May 1948
Education:

Bachelor’s in Sacred Theology – Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy, 1972
Licentiate in Sacred Theology – Academy of St. Alphonsus, Rome, Italy, 1977
Licentiate in Canon Law – Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., 1980
Juris Doctorate – Fordham University, Bronx, NY, 1990

Ordination: 2 July 1973
Episcopate: 10 April 2014
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Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger on the Issues

Viganò testimony

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  • Bishop Scharfenberger was the second U.S. Bishop to publicly condemn the Cardinal McCarrick sex abuse scandal in July 2018. Scharfenburger called the scandal a crisis of faith and rooted in sin. His Excellency noted that the scandal cannot be overcome by words but only by actions. He said he was ‘ashamed’ by fellow bishops who have not lived up to the demands of celibacy and he promised to ensure nothing like this ever happens again. (Diocese of Albany)
  • Bishop Scharfenberger rejected a proposal put forth by Cardinal Wuerl of Washington that would’ve had the bishops investigate their own sexual misconduct. Scharfenberger said that for the bishops to have any credibility and to have the trust of the faithful, lay Catholics will need to be involved in the process of investigating sexual abuse misconduct claims. Scharfenberger was the lone bishop in the entire country to strongly oppose Wuerl’s plan. (LifeSiteNews)

Amoris Laetitia

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Pro-life leadership

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  • Bishop Scharfenberger participated in the 2017 March for Life in Washington. He decided to pray the Rosary with Catholics from his diocese when a group of protesters near the Supreme Court began shouting at the marchers. (The Evangelist)
  • 1,000 lay Catholics joined Bishop Scharfenberger for a Rosary Walk for Life around the state Capitol building in June 2014. Scharfenberger said the purpose of the walk was to “pray for a movement of hearts in becoming aware of the value of all human lives, especially the most vulnerable and defenseless.” The walk was conducted, in part, because a late-term abortion bill was being deliberated by the state legislature. (The Evangelist)

Homosexuality

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Abortion politics

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  • Bishop Scharfenberger rebuked three Catholic politicians who participated in a pro-Planned Parenthood rally in Albany in February 2017. In a public statement, Scharfenberger said abortion is the intentional killing of an unborn child. He also said it is “inappropriate” and confusing to the faithful when politicians say they are Catholic but also promote abortion. (Times Union)

Contraception

Faithful to Church teaching on contraception
  • In a three-part pastoral letter on marriage written in 2017, Bishop Scharfenberger echoed Paul VI by writing that the spread of “the contraceptive culture” leads to sexual recreation uncommitted to fidelity, permanence, and fertility. This creates a “vicious cycle” that results in divorce, abortion, and virtually guarantees societal collapse, he argued. (The Evangelist)
  • In a pastoral letter written in May 2016, Bishop Scharfenberger blasted the “naive” sexual revolution of the 1960s and its support for “free love,” “open marriage,” and “the contraceptive mentality.” Scharfenburger highlighted how contraception has changed for the worse the way men and women date and approach married life. (The Evangelist)

“LGBT” ideology

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Liturgy

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Marriage and Family Life

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Education

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