Bishop Peter A. Libasci

Birthday: 9 November 1951
Education:

Bachelor’s in Philosophy – St. John’s University, Jamaica, NY
Master of Divinity – St. Meinrad Seminary, Rockport, IN

Ordination: 1 April 1978
Episcopate: 1 June 2007
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Bishop Peter A. Libasci on the Issues

Viganò testimony

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Amoris Laetitia

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  • In a statement regarding Amoris Laetitia, Bishop Libasci said that the Church needs to make a “bold effort” so that all Catholics “regardless of what their situation might be or how alienated from the church they may feel” know they are welcomed. (National Catholic Reporter)

Pro-life leadership

Actively engages in pro-life leadership
  • On December 6, 2017, Bishop Libasci wrote a letter urging Catholics in his diocese to call state lawmakers to support a pro-life law that required the release of abortion statistics. (Diocese of Manchester)
  • In 2017, Bishop Libasci wrote a letter to New Hampshire House Judiciary Committee in support of House Bill 578. This bill would “prohibit abortions of a viable unborn child” except in cases of medical emergencies. (Diocese of Manchester)
  • On August 5, 2015, Bishop Libasci sent a letter to the members of the New Hampshire Executive Council asking them to oppose the proposed agreement between the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services and Planned Parenthood. This proposed contract would fund Planned Parenthoods throughout the state. In his letter, Libasci argued that the “unspeakable practices” of Planned Parenthood ignores the “sanctity of all human life.” (Diocese of Manchester)
  • On January 28, 2014, Bishop Libasci sent a letter to the New Hampshire Senate Judiciary Committee asking the members of the Committee to oppose Senate Bill 319. This bill was intended to silence those who oppose abortion by creating a “buffer zone” around abortion clinics. This buffer zone would only allow certain individuals to be present in the designated area, blocking off pro-lifers from the clinic. (Diocese of Manchester)

Homosexuality

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Abortion politics

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  • In 2017, Bishop Libasci released an extensive voter guide for Catholics in his diocese. The guide stated that “some issues are more important than others and should bear more weight when we vote. These issues include abortion, euthanasia, human cloning, destructive research on embryos, genocide, torture, and the targeting of noncombatants in acts of terror or war.” (St. Mark the Evangelist Parish)

Contraception

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“LGBT” ideology

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Liturgy

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  • In June 2017, Bishop Libasci restored the order of the sacraments to baptism, confirmation and then first Communion. A spokesperson for Bishop Libasci said “He really wanted to emphasize that our relationship with God is something that develops from the time that we are in the womb until we reach the tomb and are united with God through the resurrection.” (Crux)
  • In 2016, Bishop Libasci created the Personal Parish of St. Stanislaus entrusted to the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter in order to better serve faithful Catholics with a “sincere attachment to the Latin liturgical tradition.” (Saint Stanislaus Catholic Church)

Marriage and Family Life

Upholds Church teaching on marriage and family life
  • On December 6, 2017, Bishop Libasci wrote a letter urging Catholics in his diocese to call on lawmakers to oppose a bill legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. “ (Diocese of Manchester)
  • On December 6, 2017, Bishop Libasci wrote a letter urging Catholics in his diocese to call on lawmakers to oppose a measure in New Hampshire that would decriminalize “consensual” sex acts as a form of profession. (Diocese of Manchester)
  • In a 2016 voting guide, Bishop Libasci advocated for the traditional family as the “first and fundamental unit of society and a sanctuary for the creation and nurturing of children.” Libasci also stated that the family should be “based upon marriage between a man and a woman.” (St. Mark the Evangelist Parish)

Education

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  • Bishop Libasci consecrated the New Hampshire Catholic school system to Mary on May 16, 2017. More than 6,000 K-12 students from 27 schools gathered at a minor league baseball stadium to attend the consecration. (Diocese of Manchester)