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
bishop@dmdiocese.org

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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Homosexuality

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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)