Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz

Birthday: 18 August 1946
Education:

Bachelor’s in Philosophy- St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood, PA
Master’s in Divinity – St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood, PA
Master’s in Social Work – Marywood University, Scranton, PA

Ordination: 18 March 1972
Episcopate: 8 December 1999
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Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz on the Issues

Viganò testimony

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Amoris Laetitia

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  • On April 8, 2016, Bishop Kurtz issued a generic statement about how he “joyfully” welcomes Amoris Laetitia, describing it as a “love letter” inviting Catholics to “enter more deeply” into the beauty of marriage and Christ’s teaching. Saying nothing about communion for divorced and remarried Catholics, Kurtz went on to encourage Catholics to “reflect” on how the document “can be applied in our lives.” (USCCB)

Pro-life leadership

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  • While overseeing the Diocese of Memphis, Archbishop Kurtz released a statement alongside other Tennessee bishops stating that it would not be “prudent” to support the heartbeat bill in Tennessee. While he supported the “intention” of the bill, Kurtz said he did not support the bill “knowing the certainty of its overturning when challenged” and because of “the court-ordered fees that would be paid to pro-abortion plaintiffs.” (Tennessean)
  • Archbishop Kurtz participated in both the 2015 annual March for Life in Washington D.C. and the Mass for Life prior to the march. (Archdiocese of Louisville)
  • In 2013, Archbishop Kurtz wrote an article promoting the sanctity of life. Kurtz stated that “the deliberate destruction of unborn children at their most vulnerable stage is a travesty.” Abortion, according to Kurtz, is “a violent response that does not serve women, children, families, or the common good.” (Archdiocese of Louisville)

Homosexuality

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  • After the Boy Scouts of America decided to accept openly gay men as leaders, Archbishop Kurtz’s achdiocese issued a letter requiring Scout leaders to “adhere to the bishop’s teaching on sexuality.” This requirement was upheld when an openly gay man was denied a leadership role in a troop sponsored by a Catholic Church in Kurtz’s archdiocese. (New Ways Ministry)
  • In a 2015 article, Archbishop Kurtz denounced the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex “marriage” as a “tragic error.” Kurtz wrote that the Church teaches, “unambiguously that from the beginning marriage is the lifelong union of one man and one woman.” The Church holds this position, not to “demean any person,” but because of its “concern for the common good and the good of all.” (Archdiocese of Louisville)
  • Archbishop Kurtz said the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex “marriage” in 2015 was a “tragic error” that harms the common good and the most vulnerable. (USCCB)

Abortion politics

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Contraception

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“LGBT” ideology

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  • Archbishop Kurtz 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. Kurtz was chairman of the USCCB’s committee for religious liberty at the time. (USCCB)

Liturgy

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Marriage and Family Life

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  • In August 2015, the Archdiocese of Louisville became the first diocese in the country to reject a homosexual man’s application to be a Boy Scout Leader. (LifeSiteNews)

Education

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  • In 2019, Archbishop Kurtz spoke out in approval for Kentucky House Bill 205 which would implement a private school scholarship tax credit program. Kurtz argued that this bill would allow all students, regardless of their financial situation, the ability to attend non-public schools. Kurtz wrote that he believes this bill would empower parents to play an influential role in their child’s education. (Courier Journal)