Bishop Robert J. McManus

Birthday: 5 July 1951

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

Does not allow Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics
  • During a 2016 panel discussion on Amoris Laetitia at Assumption College, Bishop McManus argued for continuity in Church teaching. He stands by the “objective teaching of the Church” which states that divorced and remarried Catholics or Catholics who married outside of the Church “cannot receive the Eucharist.” (EWTN)

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)
  • In 2017, Bishop McManus released a letter reversing a ban on signature gathering on church property. This reversal was to aide a signature-gathering campaign trying to put a referendum on the Massachusetts ballot that would overturn a Massachusetts Supreme Court decision which required the state government to pay for abortions. (New Boston Post)
  • 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)


Upholds Church teaching on homosexuality
  • In response to the 2015 Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage, Bishop McManus called the decision a “tragic” error. “Marriage,” he stated, “is far more than a contract between two adults coming together for their mutual benefit.” Rather, he explained that marriage is “between one man and one woman.” (Diocese of Worcester)
  • While Bishop of Worcester, Bishop McManus ended negotiations to sell a property to an openly gay couple. The couple planned on renovating a former retreat center and convert it to a banquet facility for gay weddings. When the diocese learned this, it decided to not go forward with the buyers. (New Ways Ministries)
  • In a statement regarding a 2004 Massachusetts court decision granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Bishop McManus stated that same-sex “marriages” are “clear and serious violations of the law of God.” He also warned Catholics against supporting homosexual unions saying that those who approve of them “are involving themselves in cooperation with evil” and are “not free from serious moral and spiritual harm.” (LifeSiteNews)

Abortion politics

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  • In 2016, Bishop McManus spoke out against pro-abortion Catholic politicians. McManus stated that it is “intellectually and morally indefensible” for a politician to claim to oppose abortion personally while promote it publicly. (Church Militant)


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  • In a letter to the parishes in his diocese, Bishop McManus spoke out against the contraception mandate which required religious organizations to provide employees with health plans that cover contraception. In regards to the mandate, McManus stated, “We cannot and we will not comply with this unjust law.” (The Catholic Free Press)

“LGBT” ideology

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Promotes reverent liturgy
  • On October 27, 2017, Bishop McManus granted canonical status as a Public Association of the Faithful to the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, a group with a devotion to the Latin Tridentine Mass. (Saint Benedict Center)
  • At the 2016 World Youth Day in Krakow, Bishop McManus gave a morning of catechesis to members of the Juventutem International Federation, a group of young Catholics devoted to the Traditional Latin Mass. McManus also participated in celebrating a Solemn Pontifical Mass at the event. (Juventutem International Federation)

Marriage and Family Life

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  • 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)