Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki

Birthday: 12 March 1949
Education:

Bachelor’s of Arts – St. Joseph College Seminary, Chicago, IL
Graduate Studies – Mundelein Seminary, Mundelein, IL
Juris Doctor – DePaul University, Chicago, IL
Licentiate in Canon Law – Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome, Italy
Doctorate in Canon Law – Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome, Italy

Ordination: 14 May 1975
Episcopate: 8 January 2001
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Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki on the Issues

Viganò testimony

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  • When commenting on Archbishop Viganò’s accusations, Archbishop Listecki stated that he believes they are “serious claims,” and they “have to be investigated.” (Archdiocese of Milwaukee)

Amoris Laetitia

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Pro-life leadership

Actively engages in pro-life leadership
  • Archbishop Listecki said a private mass for Pro-Life Wisconsin, a non-profit group, at the 2013 March for Life in Washington. (Pro-Life Wisconsin)
  • Archbishop Listecki said a Mass for Life for hundreds of young Wisconsin pro-life Catholics at a “Youth Rally for Life” event about to head to the 2012 March for Life. Two hours of praise and worship for life followed. “The unborn don’t vote. These young people will,” Listecki said. (Archdiocese of Milwaukee)
  • In December 2009, Archbishop Listecki spoke out against pro-abortion and pro-contraception group, Young Catholics for Choice. When speaking about what this group advocates for, Listecki stated, “Nothing could be further from the truth.” He also stated that the members of the group, “in fact disown their Catholic heritage,” and are “tragically distancing themselves” from communion with the Church. (Catholic News Agency)

Homosexuality

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  • In August 2018, Archbishop Listecki issued a strongly worded rebuke of a pro-homosexual retreat taking place in his archdiocese that was not approved by him. The retreat was held at a Dominican Sister’s convent. Gay priests, brothers and deacons attended the retreat. Listecki condemned the event calling it “not in line with Catholic teaching” and “in no way” connected to the Archdiocese. He pointed out that he could not legally stop the retreat from happening. (LifeSiteNews)
  • On December 19, 2017, Archbishop Listecki issued a statement of support for a homosexual priest in his diocese who came out as gay to his parish. The statement said “We support Father Greiten in his own, personal journey and telling his story of coming to understand and live with his sexual orientation… Fr. Greg’s own story reminds each of us of God’s call to continue to grow in understanding and to live holy, chaste lives.” (Archdiocese of Milwaukee)

Abortion politics

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  • In 2010, Listecki told an audience at the Milwaukee Press Club that he would be reticent to deny communion to a pro-abortion Catholic politician. He said he would “help them come to an understanding” of church teaching before taking any disciplinary action. (Catholic Culture)

Contraception

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  • While serving as bishop of La Crosse, Wisconsin in 2007, Listecki boldly declared his opposition to a state proposal that would require all hospitals, even Catholic ones, to provide abortifacient emergency contraception to rape victims. Listecki joined Bishop Robert Morlino in being the only two bishops of Wisconsin to publicly urge lawmakers to not support the bill. (LifeSiteNews)

“LGBT” ideology

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Liturgy

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Marriage and Family Life

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  • After the 2015 US Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage, Archbishop Listecki dissented saying, “The simple truth is that marriage is between a man and a woman…Marriage constitutes a family where individuals are raised, given an identity and form the basic building block of our society.” (Archdiocese of Milwaukee)
  • When Archbishop Listecki was serving as Bishop of La Crosse, Wisconsin in 2008, he co-authored a pastoral letter with three other Wisconsin bishops explaining the immorality of embryonic stem cell research and the Church’s support for non-embryonic stem cell research. (LifeSiteNews)

Education

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  • Bishop Listecki called on the University of Notre Dame to rescind its commencement invitation to President Obama in 2009. “The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles,” he said in a statement published on the La Cross, Wisconsin diocesan website. (LifeSiteNews)