Bishop Michael F. Olson

Birthday: 29 June 1966
Education:

Bachelor’s in Philosophy – Catholic University of America, Washington D.C.
Master’s in Philosophy – Catholic University of America, Washington D.C.
Master of Divinity in Theological Studies – University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX
Master of Arts in theological studies – University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX
Doctorate in Moral Theology – Academia Alfonsiana, Rome, Italy

Ordination: 3 June 1994
Episcopate: 29 January 2014
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Bishop Michael F. Olson on the Issues

Viganò testimony

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  • Bishop Olson was the first U.S. Bishop to publicly condemn the Cardinal McCarrick sex abuse scandal in July 2018. Olson called on the church to “strongly” consider whether McCarrick should be laicized. He also demanded that those who covered up the abuses be held accountable. Bishop Olson vigorously rebuked McCarrick’s actions, calling them ‘scandalous’ and causing ‘grave damage’ to the lives and health of his young male victims. (Diocese of Fort Worth)

Amoris Laetitia

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Pro-life leadership

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  • On April 19, 2019, Bishop Olson lead the Catholics United for Life annual Good Friday Rosary Vigil for Life outside a Planned Parenthood in Fort Worth, Texas. Bishop Olson urged all Catholics to attend because “many unborn babies will experience no other act of love.” (Twitter)
  • On the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade in 2019, Bishop Olson condemned the legalization of abortion in the U.S. Olson wrote that this Supreme Court decision, “made the intolerable to be thought as tolerable” and has made the “destruction of the weak a default social policy.” (Twitter)

Homosexuality

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Abortion politics

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  • Bishop Olson published an article in 2019 denouncing the Catholic New York governor, Andrew Cuomo, for signing into law legislation that legalized abortion for all 40 weeks of pregnancy. Olson wrote that Cuomo’s justification for signing the legislation “lacks coherence of reason” because abortion is “inherently evil…all of the time and in every place and circumstance.” (North Texas Catholic)
  • On February 1, 2019, Bishop Olson rejected the idea that someone could be both Catholic and pro-abortion. He wrote, “faithful Catholics and people of good will can only stand for the right to life. There is no other moral choice.” (Twitter)

Contraception

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“LGBT” ideology

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Liturgy

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  • Bishop Olson released of list on “liturgical adaptations” during the 2014 flu season. In order to “calm the fears of the laity,” Olson stated that the faithful “should be encouraged to receive Holy Communion in their hands, and not on their tongues.” (Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth)

Marriage and Family Life

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  • In May 2018, Bishop Olson granted ecclesial approval to the Troops of St. George, an all-male apostolate whose aim is to form young men and fathers in manliness and holiness. (National Catholic Register)
  • In 2015, Bishop Olson denounced the U.S. Supreme Court’s redefinition of marriage. Olson argued that the Court’s decision ignored the “essential qualities of marriage” which include “indissolubility, fidelity, and openness to the natural transmission of human life through the procreative act shared by a husband and wife.” (Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth)
  • During the popular “Ice Bucket Challenge” campaign in 2014 which raised money for the ALS Association, Bishop Olson requested Catholics in his diocese to refrain for donating to this organization. Olson explained that the ALS Association uses some of the funds raised to conduct research on embryonic stem cells, a practice that “goes against Catholic moral teaching on the sanctity of life.” Olson instead encouraged Catholics to donate to the John Paul II Medical Research Institute which complies with Church teaching. (Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth)

Education

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