Bishop Robert P. Deeley

Birthday: 18 January 1946
Education:

Bachelor’s in Philosophy – The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
Bachelor’s in Sacred Theology – Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy
Licentiate in Canon Law – Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy
Diploma, School of Latin Letters – Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy
Doctor of Canon Law – Thesis: “The Mandate for Those who Teach Theology in Institutes of Higher Studies: An Interpretation of the Meaning of Canon 812 of the Code of Canon Law,” Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy

Ordination: 14 June 1973
Episcopate: 4 June 2013
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Bishop Robert P. Deeley on the Issues

Viganò testimony

Supports investigating Archbishop Viganò’s claims
  • On August 27, Bishop Deeley tweeted that he trusts “in the cleansing power of the truth” and encourages “those among us who have been named to answer any charges.” I “can think of nothing worse than this incomprehensible abuse and any attempt to cover it up,” he continued. (Bishop Deeley)
  • Bishop Deely issued a statement August 27 saying he was “profoundly disheartened” to learn about the Pennsylvania report and the McCarrick abuse allegations. However, he also said he was “encouraged” by Cardinal DiNardo’s remarks, which he said call for “a full investigation into the McCarrick case.” (Diocese of Portland)

Amoris Laetitia

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Pro-life leadership

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Homosexuality

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  • Deeley was part of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith in 2004 under then-Cardinal Ratzinger. His Excellency investigated sex abuse in the church and helped remove over 3,000 offenders from the priesthood during his tenure that lasted until 2011. (Bangor Daily News)

Abortion politics

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  • Bishop Deeley urged Congress to defund Planned Parenthood of taxpayer dollars in 2015 after undercover video showed employees discussing the sale of aborted babies. In a statement, Deeley said the video was “sickening” and “barbaric.” The “fetus is a human person waiting to be born” and “abortion is the taking of a human life,” he said. (LifeSiteNews)

Contraception

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“LGBT” ideology

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  • In March 2018, Bishop Deeley announced his diocese was leaving the Maine Council of Churches. Deeley said continuing as a member of the council could result in him advocating for “contradictory” positions that go against Church teaching. The council’s stance on “LGBT” and homosexuality played a factor in the decision. (New Ways Ministry)

Liturgy

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Marriage and Family Life

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  • Bishop Deeley published a 20-page document on end of life care on January 4, 2017. The guidelines, written for Catholics living in Maine, uphold orthodox Catholic teaching on, among other things, euthanasia, medical care, and palliative care. The document provides a useful FAQ section and clarifies Church teaching on “extraordinary” and “ordinary” means of medical treatment. (Diocese of Portland)

Education

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