Bishop Michael W. Warfel

Birthday: 16 September 1948
Education:

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy – St. Gregory’s College Seminary, Cincinnati, OH
Graduate Studies in Theology – Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West, Cincinnati, OH

Ordination: 26 April 1980
Episcopate: 17 December 1996
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Bishop Michael W. Warfel on the Issues

Viganò testimony

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Amoris Laetitia

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Pro-life leadership

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Homosexuality

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  • In 2018, a Catholic school in Billings had a homosexual couple serve as co-chairs of its annual fundraiser. A priest alumnus of the school wrote a statement on Facebook urging Catholics to not support the fundraiser. Bishop Warfel issued a statement on April 18 saying he believes the school provides a “solid presentation” of the faith to its students. He also said Pope Francis has explained that there is a difference between “being gay and being a part of a gay lobby.” Francis has “urged frequent confession as a means to address” homosexuality, he wrote. Warfel closed his letter by providing extensive quotations from the Catechism on homosexuality. (Billings Gazette)
  • Bishop Warfel supported a pastor in his diocese who refused to give Communion to an openly gay couple in his parish. Warfel said that it was his responsibility as bishop to “uphold our teaching of marriage between one man and one woman.” (New Ways Ministry)

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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  • In 2014, Bishop Warfel wrote an op-ed for the Billings Gazette strongly defeding the idea that marriage is based, not solely on Scripture and Church Tradition, but also on an understanding of natural law and that a same-sex union simply contradicts the nature and purpose of marriage. (Billings Gazette)

Education

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