Bishop Richard E. Pates

Birthday: 12 February 1943
Education:

Bachelor’s in Philosophy – St. Paul Seminary, Saint Paul, MN
Bachelor’s in Latin – St. Paul Seminary, Saint Paul, MN
Licentiate of Sacred Theology – Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy

Ordination: 20 December 1968
Episcopate: 26 March 2001
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Bishop Richard E. Pates on the Issues

Viganò testimony

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Amoris Laetitia

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Pro-life leadership

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  • In 2018, Bishop Pates condemned the Iowa Supreme Court decision which ruled that an abortion waiting period was unconstitutional. Pates called the decision “deeply disturbing” and encouraged Catholics to be “unrelenting” in the fight to end abortion. (Diocese of Des Moines)
  • Bishop Pates called on U.S. bishops to support the Catholic Climate Covenant’s (CCC) U.S. Catholic Climate Declaration, a document that requests the Trump administration to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement. Pates supports the Paris Agreement despite of the Agreement’s support of the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals, Goal #5 of which aims to “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls,” and to “ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive rights.” (LifeSiteNews)

Homosexuality

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  • Bishop Pates, 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)

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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Education

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  • More than 100 students at a Catholic high school in Bishop Pates’ diocese staged a walkout in 2015 after the school refused to hire a substitute homosexual male teacher engaged to another man a full-time job. Pates strongly defended the school’s decision, citing Church teaching on marriage for why the man was not hired. “The Catholic faith is central to our mission as a Catholic school and is an exercise of religious liberty. To deliver on that mission, it is our expectation that staff and teachers support our moral beliefs as they are the models of our Catholic faith,” he said in a statement. (LifeSiteNews)