Bishop Robert J. McManus

Birthday: 5 July 1951
Education:

Bachelor of Arts – The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Master of Arts – The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Master’s in Divinity – Toronto School of Theology, Toronto, Canada
Licentiate in Sacred Theology – The Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy
Doctorate in Sacred Theology – The Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy

Ordination: 27 May 1978
Episcopate: 22 February 1999

Bishop Robert J. McManus on the Issues

Viganò testimony

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Amoris Laetitia

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Pro-life leadership

Actively engages in pro-life leadership
  • Bishop McManus serves on the advisory board of Priests for Life, a pro-life organization of Catholic priests (Priests for Life)
  • At the 2018 annual fundraising dinner for a Worcester-based crisis pregnancy center, Bishop McManus praised the center for reinforcing the God-given dignity of mothers. (The Boston Pilot)
  • Bishop McManus celebrated the diocesan Pro-Life Mass at St. Paul’s Cathedral on January 18, 2017 (Emmanuel Radio)
  • Bishop McManus, joined by adults, children and teenagers, prayed the rosary across the street from a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic on October 16, 2017 as part of the 40 Days for Life campaign. (Diocese of Worcester)
  • In May of 2017, Bishop McManus gave a blessing and delivered opening remarks at a dinner hosted by a pro-life crisis pregnancy center in Worcester. (Visitation House)
  • On October 14, 2016, McManus led 100 religious sisters, students and community members in the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet outside a Planned Parenthood center in Worcester. (Worcester Magazine)
  • Bishop McManus was given the Ruth Pakulak Award in 2013 by a crisis pregnancy center in Worcester. The award is the group’s most prestigious honor. The center said McManus has been a “strong supporter and advocate” for them since they opened and that he blessed the center when it first opened. McManus also encouraged parishes in the diocese to “lend financial and prayer support” to them, the group said. (Visitation House)

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

Upholds Church teaching on education
  • Bishop McManus condemned a professor at Holy Cross college who suggested Jesus was a “drag king” with “queer desires.” In a statement issued March 30, 2018, McManus said he was deeply troubled by the “false and perverse” arguments put forth by the professor. McManus also said his writing was “seriously flawed.” The professor’s views “have no place in the biblical scholarship of a professor who teaches at a Catholic college and who, as such, should be supportive of the college’s Catholic identity and mission,” he added. Academic freedom “cannot provide cover for blatantly unorthodox teaching.” (Diocese of Worcester)