Bishop Michael J. Sheridan

Birthday: 4 March 1945
Education:

Bachelor’s in Philosophy – Cardinal Glennon College Seminary, St. Louis
Master of Divinity – Kenrick Seminary, St. Louis
Master of Arts degree in Historical Theology – St. Louis University, St. Louis
Licentiate in Sacred Theology – Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome
Doctorate in Sacred Theology – Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome, Italy

Ordination: 29 May 1971
Episcopate: 3 September 1997
Twitter msheridan@diocs.org

Bishop Michael J. Sheridan on the Issues

Viganò testimony

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Amoris Laetitia

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Pro-life leadership

Actively engages in pro-life leadership
  • Bishop Sheridan serves on the advisory board of Priests for Life, a pro-life organization of Catholic priests (Priests for Life)
  • During an interview with Ignatius Insight in 2004, Bishop Sheridan said there are four “non-negotiables” Catholics cannot vote for – abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, and same-sex “marriage.” (Ignatius Insight)

Homosexuality

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Abortion politics

Upholds Church teaching on abortion politics
  • On June 18, 2018, Bishop Sheridan urged his 3,000 twitter followers to sign a petition to the Trump administration to ensure that abortion is separated from the federal Title X family planning program. (Twitter)
  • In a 2012 interview with the Colorado Spring Gazette, Sheridan said that a Catholic politician who publicly supports abortion and gay marriage should not receive Holy Communion until they recant their positions. He also stated that if Joe Biden attended one of his masses he would let him know he should not receive the Eucharist. (The Gazette)
  • In 2008, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi said Catholic teaching allows for abortion in some circumstances. Bishop Sheridan strongly rebuked Pelosi in a statement, saying that Pelosi is “simply wrong” and that her “outrageous” claim should be disregarded by every faithful Catholic. “All other rights are useless if one is denied the right to live,” he wrote. (Priests for Life)
  • Bishp Sheridan was grilled by CNN’s Anderson Cooper in 2004 for instructing Catholics not to vote for pro-abortion, pro-homosexual politicians. Sheridan stood his ground during the interview and said Catholics who vote for gay “marriage” and abortion are “complicit” in that behavior and must refrain from approaching the Holy Communion until they have gone to confession and reconciled themselves to the Church. (CNN)

Contraception

Faithful to Church teaching on contraception
  • Bishop Sheridan told LifeSiteNews in 2007 that he would not allow Catholic hospitals in his diocese to provide the Plan B “morning after” abortifacient pill even for rape victims. Sheridan said he would consider having the Church pull out of hospitals rather than compromise the faith if the law required them to provide Plan B. (LifeSiteNews)

“LGBT” ideology

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Liturgy

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Marriage and Family Life

Upholds Church teaching on marriage and family life
  • In the mid 2000s, Bishop Sheridan began requiring Natural Family Planning courses for marriage prep instruction, making the Diocese of Colorado Springs one of the first diocese’s in the country to implement NFP coursework. (USCCB)
  • In a 2004 interview on CNN with Anderson Cooper, Bishop Sheridan said Catholics who vote for euthanasia and embryonic stem cell research are “complicit” in that behavior and must refrain from approaching the Holy Communion until they have gone to confession and reconciled themselves to the Church. (LifeSiteNews)

Education

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  • In 2006, Bishop Sheridan endorsed Tradition, Family and Property’s campaign against The Da Vinci Code. Sheridan called the movie a “blasphemous attack” against the Catholic Church and “the truths of our faith.” (Tradition, Family and Property)