Archbishop Michael O. Jackels

Birthday: 13 April 1954

Bachelor’s in Philosophy – St. Pius X Seminary, Erlanger, KY
Master’s in Theology – Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, MD
Doctorate in Sacred Theology – Pontifical University of St. Thomas, Rome, Italy

Ordination: 30 May 1981
Episcopate: 4 April 2005
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Archbishop Michael O. Jackels on the Issues

Viganò testimony

Does not support Archbishop Viganò
  • In a response to Archbishop Vigano’s testimony, Archbishop Jackels stated that he believes “there are many holes in the testimony.” Jackels also wrote that he hates “the injustice done” to Pope Francis’ reputation by the “defamation and gossip” he believes Vigano’s testimony perpetuates. (The Witness)

Amoris Laetitia

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Pro-life leadership

Unclear on the Church’s pro-life teachings
  • In a 2018 blog post, Archbishop Jackels equated abortion with issues regarding immigration and poverty. Jackels stated that abortion and other social issues are “both/and issues, not either/or,” and that speaking about the rights of the unborn and the rights of immigrants should be a “seamless garment.” (The Witness)
  • In a reflection on the 2016 election results, Archbishop Jackels wrote about the necessity of holding elected officials accountable. Jackels spoke specifically of holding officials accountable for protecting “those who are most vulnerable” and human dignity “from conception to natural death.” (The Witness)


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  • Archbishop Jackels, alongside other bishops around Iowa, issued a statement condemning the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage. The statement asserted that “To make something legal does not mean that it is true or good” and affirmed marriage as a union between one man and one women, “which no one can asunder.” (Quad-City Times)
  • Archbishop Jackels defended Pope Francis’ 2013 statement, “Who am I to judge,” in regards to homosexual priests. Jackels stated that what Francis said, “has always been our Church’s position” and that someone can read “almost the same words” in the Catechism. (The Gazette)

Abortion politics

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  • Archbishop Jackels said in a pastoral letter that the Iowa Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a three-day waiting period before an abortion can take place is “sad and bad.” Jackels wrote his letter on June 29, 2018. This ruling “devalues the God-given sacredness of human life” and it facilitates a deadly attack on vulnerable children still in the womb, he wrote. (The Witness)


Faithful to Church teaching on contraception
  • In 2019, Archbishop Jackels banned sterilizations and contraception from Catholic healthcare facilities in his archdiocese. Jackels was implementing the new USCCB guidelines on healthcare services. He called the two practices a “serious moral problem” and said voluntary sterilizations “should be completely moved out of and separated from Covenant Medical Center.” (Church Militant)
  • The Archdiocese of Dubuque conducted a massive 50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae celebration during the summer of 2018. Archbishop Jackels made a video promoting the encyclical and the Archdiocese published multiple posters with quotes from the encyclical. The Archdiocesan website provided links to Theology of The Body resources and study guides for Humanae Vitae. (Archdiocese of Dubuque)
  • In a 2016 blog post, Archbishop Jackels upheld the Church’s teaching on contraception. Jackels wrote that if a married couple has “serious reasons” for avoiding pregnancy, the couple should either “abstain from sexual activity or use natural family planning.” (The Witness)

“LGBT” ideology

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Marriage and Family Life

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