Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski

Birthday: 18 October 1950
Education:

St. John Vianney Minor Seminary – Miami, FL
St. Vincent de Paul Major Seminary – Boynton Beach, FL
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy – Boynton Beach Seminary, FL
Master of Divinity – Boynton Beach Seminary, FL
Master of Arts in Sociology – Fordham University, New York, NY

Ordination: 15 May 1976
Episcopate: 3 September 1997
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Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski on the Issues

Viganò testimony

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Amoris Laetitia

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Pro-life leadership

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Homosexuality

Upholds Church teaching on homosexuality
  • After a shooting at a gay Orlando night club in 2016 left 49 people dead, several liberal Bishops blamed the Church’s teaching on homosexuality for the attack. Archbishop Wenski strongly rejected that claim during a homily. He also pointed out that the shooter was a radical Muslim and said Church teaching was in no way responsible for what happened. (LifeSiteNews)
  • In 2015, after a Florida judge ruled that same-sex couples could get “married,” Archbishop Wenski told the local NBC news affiliate that “by imposing a new definition of marriage on the people of Florida, the courts are changing what marriage means for everybody.” (NBC Miami)
  • In a statement released just before the 2004 presidential election, Wenski said all citizens must oppose abortion and same-sex “marriage.” No Catholic can legitimately support those two policies, he said. (LifeSiteNews)

Abortion politics

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  • In September 2008, Wenski wrote a pastoral letter saying it is a scandal for Catholic politicians to support abortion. Wenski also said abortion is an intrinsic evil that carries greater weight than other political issues. (EWTN)
  • In 2004, Wenski won notoriety for his strong pro-life pastoral care after he warned in a column that pro-abortion Catholics who insist on receiving communion were “boorish and sacrilegious” and comparable to Pontius Pilate. (LifeSiteNews)

Contraception

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  • On the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae in 2018, Archbishop Wenski wrote a powerful defense of Pope Paul VI’s decision to not change church teaching on birth control. Wenski called Paul’s decision an “ecclesiastical example of a profile in courage.” He also said artificial contraception is “intrinsically evil” because it “violate the very purpose and nature of the sexual act.” (Archdiocese of Miami)

“LGBT” ideology

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Liturgy

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  • Archbishop Wenski gave the keynote address at and said a Solemn Pontifical Mass in the Extraordinary Form for the 2018 Annual Conference of the Society of Catholic Liturgy in Miami, Florida, September 27-29. Approximately 500 people attended. (Society for Catholic Liturgy)
  • Archbishop Wenski said a Solemn Pontifical Mass in the Latin Rite for Candlemas 2012. Approximately 1,200 Catholics attended the liturgy. (New Liturgical Movement)

Marriage and Family Life

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  • Prior to the 2004 presidential election, Bishop Wenski issued a statement instructing Catholics to uncompromisingly oppose fetal stem-cell research and human cloning, which Wenski said were not legitimate for Catholics to vote for. (LifeSiteNews)

Education

Upholds Church teaching on education
  • In 2018, the Archdiocese of Miami defended the firing of a lesbian teacher who “married” her partner. The Archdiocese said there was no other option but to terminate her because she “broke the contract she signed when she began teaching at a Catholic school.” (LifeSiteNews)
  • Archbishop Wenski informed teachers in his diocese in 2015 that public support for gay “marriage” could get them fired, and that they represent the Catholic Church in everything they do and say. (LifeSiteNews)
  • Bishop Wenski held a mass in reparation for abortion and the University of Notre Dame’s decision to honor President Obama at its 2009 commencement. Wenski wrote in a column for the Orlando Diocese that “Notre-Dame (at least in its Administration and Board) has forgotten what it means to be Catholic.” (Catholic News Agency)
  • In 2007, Bishop Wenski praised conservative Catholic group Tradition, Family and Property for a series of Fatima-inspired Rosary Rallies they sponsored. In a letter that appeared in the group’s newsletter, Wenski said “Mary offers a weapon of mass conversion: the Holy Rosary.” (Tradition, Family and Property)