Bishop Larry Silva

Birthday: 6 August 1949
Education:

St. Patrick College – Mountain View, CA
St. Patrick Seminary – Menlo Park, CA
Sabbatical Studies – Institute of Continuing Theological Education, Pontifical North American College, Rome

Ordination: 2 May 1975
Episcopate: 21 July 2005
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Bishop Larry Silva on the Issues

Viganò testimony

Supports investigating Archbishop Viganò’s claims
  • On August 27, Bishop Silva wrote a letter endorsing Cardinal DiNardo’s call to investigate the claims made by Archbishop Vigano. “I pray that the investigation he calls for will go forward with all honesty to reveal the truth, so that we can all be healed of this terrible cancer that has infected the life of our Church. Please redouble your prayers and sacrifices so that the Holy Spirit will lead us to all truth.” (Diocese of Honolulu)

Amoris Laetitia

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Pro-life leadership

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  • Bishop Silva serves on the advisory board of Priests for Life, a pro-life organization of Catholic priests (Priests for Life)
  • One year after being appointed bishop of Honolulu, Silva spoke at the 2006 March for Life at the Hawaii state capitol building and led a Eucharistic procession through downtown Honolulu. (Hawaii Catholic Herald)

Homosexuality

Upholds Church teaching on homosexuality
  • In the fall of 2013, Bishop Silva vigorously opposed a bill that eventually legalized same-sex “marriage” in Hawaii. After the bill passed, Silva issued a statement calling homosexual “marriages” a “manufactured civil right” that is “symptomatic of a profound misunderstanding of the purpose of human sexuality.” Silva also said “We pray that we will be able to restore marriage and family to their true place in God’s plan for humanity.” (Catholic News Service)
  • In August 2013, Silva called on Catholics to mobilize and engage in the political process to make sure the Hawaii government does not legalize same-sex “marriage.” The governor had just called a special session of the state legislature to debate the issue of gay “marriage.” Silva spoke at a pro-marriage rally at the state capitol and issued a strongly-worded statement arguing that not allowing homosexuals to “marry” is actually a form of “just discrimination.” The letter also said that children will be the greatest casualties if homosexual “marriage” is allowed. Many pro-LGBT blogs criticized Silva’s letter. (Diocese of Honolulu)
  • Bishop Silva wrote an open letter to a Hawaii State Senator urging him not to vote for a same-sex civil unions bill in 2009. Silva’s letter said same-sex unions are “NOT equal” to marriages between one man and one woman. His letter was also read at a pro-marriage rally that took place at the state capitol building with more than 6,000 attendees. (LifeSiteNews)

Abortion politics

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Contraception

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“LGBT” ideology

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Liturgy

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Marriage and Family Life

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Education

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  • Bishop Silva’s diocese implemented a new teacher contract for the 2014-2015 school year that stipulated Catholic schools reserve the right to terminate any teacher “who by word or example, denies the teachings or authority of the Church, or whose personal life or conduct is, based on Catholic teaching, immoral.” (New Ways Ministries)