Birthday: 22 April 1975
Education:

Bachelor’s in Theology, Minor in Philosophy and German – St. Ignatius Institute, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Seminary – Pontifical North American College, Rome, Italy
Doctorate in Sacred Theology – Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy
Licentiate in Sacred Theology- Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy

Ordination: 23 June 2001
Episcopate: 2 February 2016
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Bishop Steven J. Lopes on the Issues

Viganò testimony

Supports investigating Archbishop Viganò’s claims
  • In a letter to his diocese concerning the clergy sexual abuse crisis, Bishop Lopes stated, “there is no room in the priesthood for a man who abuses a child,” and, “there is no room among those who call themselves Shepherds and Pastors for a man who would cover-up an instance of abuse.” (The Fellowship of St. Alban at St. Cecilia Church)
  • In an August 2018 homily, Bishop Lopes stated that he does not believe cardinals and bishops who deny knowledge of McCarrick’s abuses. He recalls that even during his time in the seminary, “we all knew,” of McCarrick’s actions. (Catholic Herald)

Amoris Laetitia

Does not allow Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics
  • In a pastoral letter on Amoris Laetitia, Bishop Lopes upheld Church teaching by affirming that divorced and remarried Catholics cannot receive communion. He also stated that the discernment of whether divorced and remarried Catholics can receive communion is not “a matter for the individual to determine privately.” (The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter)

Pro-life leadership

Actively engages in pro-life leadership
  • In 2019, Bishop Lopes celebrated the yearly Mass for Life at St. Luke’s at Immaculate Conception parish. (St. Luke’s at Immaculate Conception)
  • On January 21, 2017, Bishop Lopes gave the invocation at the West Coast Walk for Life in San Francisco. In addition to delivering the opening prayer at the rally, Lopes thanked especially all women in attendance saying, “Thank you for your willingness to give public witness to the dignity of each human life, especially the most vulnerable.” (The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter)
  • Reacting to a 2016 advertising campaign by the group, Catholics for Choice, Bishop Lopes called the group’s ideals, “fraudulent, deceitful, and simply wrong.” He wrote that it is absolutely false to claim that a Catholic person can, “respect and support a decision to kill an unborn person.” (The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter)

Homosexuality

Not enough evidence collected on this issue

Abortion politics

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Contraception

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“LGBT” ideology

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Liturgy

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  • Bishop Lopes’ official website for the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter says that one of his main missions as Bishop is to nurture “reverence and beauty in liturgy, so that the Ordinariate’s tradition of worship deepens the faith and authentic discipleship of all the faithful.” (Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter)

Marriage and Family Life

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  • In a 2017 pastoral letter, Bishop Lopes affirmed that marriage is a union “instituted by God himself” for the purpose of “the increase of mankind” and for the “mutual society, help, and comfort” of the spouses. (The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter)

Education

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  • Bishop Lopes serves on the ecclesiastical advisory board of the California-based Napa Institute. The Napa Institute holds conferences, symposiums and events across the U.S. that features faithful Catholics, priests and bishops who encourage Catholic leaders to fight secularism and building an authentically Christian America. (Napa Institute)