Bishop Richard F. Stika

Birthday: 4 July 1957
Education:

Bachelor’s in Business – St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO
Bachelor’s in Philosophy – Cardinal Glennon College, St. Louis, MO
Master of Divinity – Kenrick Seminary, St. Louis, MO

Ordination: 14 December 2018
Episcopate: 19 March 2009
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Bishop Richard F. Stika on the Issues

Viganò testimony

Supports investigating Archbishop Viganò’s claims
  • In his homily on August 26, 2018, Bishop Stika stated that “anyone who was involved with a cover-up should resign, even if that is the Pope himself.” Stika argued that this is a necessary step in order for there to be “cleansing and purification in our Church.” (DioKnox TV)

Amoris Laetitia

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Pro-life leadership

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  • In a 2019 statement alongside other Tennessee bishops, Bishop Stika stated that it would not be “prudent” to support the heartbeat bill in his state. While he supported the “intention” of the bill, Stika said he did not support the bill “knowing the certainty of its overturning when challenged” and because of “the court-ordered fees that would be paid to pro-abortion plaintiffs.” (Tennessean)
  • Bishop Stika serves on the advisory board of Priests for Life, a pro-life organization of Catholic priests (Priests for Life)
  • One day after Justice Kennedy announced he would step down from the Supreme Court, Bishop Stika tweeted his support for the end of abortion: “It’s time to rid this nation of abortion. A woman has no right to choose to kill her innocent child. Almost all abortions are birth control. Men and women choose to have sex and the result often is a new life! Don’t make the child pay the price!” (Bishop Stika)

Homosexuality

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  • Following further revelations of clergy sexual abuse in August 2018, Bishop Stika received a tweet that blamed the crisis on “the cancer” of homosexuality. Stika responded by tweeting the cause of the crisis is “not that simple” and that multiple factors like mental illness and “uncontrolled homosexuality” contributed to the abuse. (New Ways Ministry)

Abortion politics

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  • Bishop Stika was one of the first bishops in the U.S. to strongly condemn Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York after Cuomo signed a bill in January 2019 that allows abortions in his state to be committed until birth. Stika tweeted, “this vote is so hideous and vile that it warrants [excommunication].” (LifeSiteNews)

Contraception

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“LGBT” ideology

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Liturgy

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  • Bishop Stika said he sees “no reason not to” have married priests in “remote” areas like the Amazon. He said those who complain about married priests are those who “can easily go to Mass.” (Twitter)

Marriage and Family Life

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Education

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