Bishop Gerald R. Barnes

Birthday: 22 June 1945
Education:

Bachelor’s in Political Science – California State, Los Angeles, California
Assumption St. John Seminary – San Antonio, Texas

Ordination: 20 December 1975
Episcopate: 18 March 1992
Twitter 909-475-5300 bpbarnes@sbdiocese.org

Bishop Gerald R. Barnes on the Issues

Viganò testimony

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Amoris Laetitia

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Pro-life leadership

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  • In an October 2017 essay, Bishop Barnes said Catholics need to support the “consistent ethic of life” position instead of just anti-abortion advocacy. Barnes said that the true meaning of being pro-life has been “been absconded by the partisan divisions that plague our society.” (Inland Catholic byte)

Homosexuality

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Abortion politics

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Contraception

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  • In a 2017 interview, Bishop Barnes spoke of a necessity for being understanding to those Catholics who use contraception. He stated that contraception is sinful, but he recognizes that some people “due to certain issues…may choose to use contraception.” “We don’t condemn that person,” Barnes said, “We continue our teaching. We hold that person welcome.” (The Press-Enterprise)

“LGBT” ideology

Does not uphold Church teaching on “LGBT” ideology
  • The Diocese of San Bernardino has a Commission to the Ministry for Families and Friends with Gay & Lesbian Catholics. The commission says its “provides a welcoming place for gays, lesbians and their families to come together for worship and the sharing of our journey as Catholics.” In 2017 and 2016, the group hosted “LGBT” Advent Masses. (Inland Catholic Byte)
  • In Bishop Barnes’ diocese of San Bernardino, there is a committee designed to help the diocese, “understand how to be more inclusive, how to reach out,” to “LGBT” Church members and their families. Barnes describes this nearly two decade old group as providing support to “LGBT” members and helping them realize “we are one.” (The Press-Enterprise)

Liturgy

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  • At a Mass celebrating his 25 years as Bishop of San Bernardino, Bishop Barnes allowed liturgical dancing. Barnes stated that he wanted the Mass to reflect the “multicultural profile” of his diocese. (The Press-Enterprise)

Marriage and Family Life

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Education

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