Bishop Ronald W. Gainer

Birthday: 24 August 1947
Education:

Bachelor of Arts – St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood, PA
Master’s in Divinity – St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood, PA
Licentiate in Canon Law – Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy

Ordination: 19 May 1973
Episcopate: 22 February 2003
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Bishop Ronald W. Gainer on the Issues

Viganò testimony

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  • On February 19, 2019, Bishop Gainer requested that all parishes in the Diocese of Harrisburg recite the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel after Mass. Gainer stated that this practice would help “the healing of survivors of abuse” and “purify the Church of infidelity.” (The Archdiocese of Harrisburg)

Amoris Laetitia

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Pro-life leadership

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  • Bishop Gainer was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pennsylvania Pro-life Federation’s annual banquet. Gainer told the crowd of 600 that Roe v. Wade is linked to “today’s deplorable moral desert” and that pro-abortionists are “out of touch with reality.” (PennLive)

Homosexuality

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Abortion politics

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Contraception

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  • In 2010, Bishop Gainer addressed the Catholic Conference of Kentucky’s Health Care Summit in Louisville. Bishop Gainer said Obamacare is “flawed in its moral foundation” due to its failure to “protect the unborn” and its promotion of “contraceptive services and education in school clinics.” (Catholic Conference of Kentucky)

“LGBT” ideology

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Liturgy

Promotes reverent liturgy
  • In July 2018, Bishop Gainer said a Pontifical Mass in the Extraordinary Form to officially open a monastery of Carmelite nuns in his diocese. He blessed the new buildings and did an extensive interview about how the Latin Mass is a powerful source of vocations. (New Liturgical Movement)
  • Bishop Gainer celebrated a Solemn Pontifical Mass for 250 Catholics at St. Joseph Church in Lancaster on May 27, 2018. The parish is home to the Lancaster Latin Mass Community and Gainer said mass to mark the 10th anniversary of their existence. (Harrisburg Diocese)
  • On January 25, 2015, Bishop Gainer conferred the sacrament of Confirmation in the Extraordinary Form in the St. Lawrence Chapel of St. Patrick Cathedral in Harrisburg. He also said a Latin Mass for cloistered nuns in Elysburg. (Penn Live)
  • On December 11, 2011, Bishop Gainer celebrated the Traditional Latin Mass at St. Peter’s Church in Lexington. The Mass was offered for Regina Pacis Chaplaincy, the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter’s apostolate in the Diocese of Lexington. (Rorate Caeli)
  • In 2005, Bishop Gainer gave his approval for the establishment of a Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter apostolate in the Diocese Lexington. Gainer stated that he was “happy” to “facilitate a wider” celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass. (Una Voce America)

Marriage and Family Life

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  • When asked about his views regarding same-sex “marriage,” Bishop Gainer stated that man does not “have the right to redefine the institution of marriage.” He affirmed marriage as a union between one man and one women given to us by God. “To redefine the institution I think is beyond our right.” (Penn Live)

Education

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