Bishop Joseph C. Bambera

Birthday: 21 March 1956
Education:

Bachelor of Arts – University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Master of Divinity – Mary Immaculate Seminary, Northampton, PA
Licentiate in Canon Law – Saint Paul’s University, Ottawa, Canada
Master’s in Canon Law – University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada

Ordination: 5 November 1983
Episcopate: 26 April 2010
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Bishop Joseph C. Bambera on the Issues

Viganò testimony

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Amoris Laetitia

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Pro-life leadership

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Homosexuality

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  • In November 2017, Bishop Bambera defended Misericordia University’s decision to invite pro-gay Fr. James Martin to act as its Winter commencement speaker. Bambera claimed Fr. Martin’s LGBT-themed book “does not call for any change in Church teaching in his publication.” (LifeSiteNews)
  • In 2013, Bishop Bambera issued a statement condemning the decision of Pennsylvania senator, Robert Casey, to support same-sex marriage. Bambera affirmed the Church’s teaching on marriage stating that marriage is a “loving union of a man and a woman open to the transmission of human life.” (Times Tribune Blogs)

Abortion politics

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Contraception

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“LGBT” ideology

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  • Bishop Bambera was one of the chief signatories of an open letter defending Church teaching on men and women and their differences. The letter, titled “Created Male and Female,” was released on December 15, 2017 and signed by leaders of various Christian denominations. Bambera was chairman of the USCCB’s committee on ecumenical and inter-religious affairs at the time. (USCCB)

Liturgy

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  • While Bishop of Scranton, Bishop Bambera allowed a “Thanksgiving interfaith service” to replace Mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral in 2015. Part of this service included reciting an English version of the Adhan, the Islamic call to prayer, and the sounding of the Shofar, an instrument made of a ram’s horn and used for Jewish services. (Church Militant)

Marriage and Family Life

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Education

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  • Bishop Bambera invited pro-gay priest Fr. James Martin to give the keynote address at the Diocese of Scranton’s 2016 annual gathering. (Diocese of Scranton)
  • In January of 2012, Bishop Bambera released a public statement rebuking the Jesuit-run University of Scranton after it refused to rescind an invitation to a notorious pro-abortion member of Congress to speak on campus. Bambera made his request in private initially but decided to go public. “Despite this unfortunate situation,” he said, I remain “open” to working with University officials to “preserve and strengthen the Catholic character of the University of Scranton.” (Catholic Culture)