Cardinal Archbishop Daniel N. DiNardo

Birthday: 23 May 1949

St. Paul Seminary – Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
Bachelor’s in Philosophy – Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
Bachelor’s in Sacred Theology – Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy
Master’s in Philosophy – Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
Licentiate in Sacred Theology – Patristic Institute Augustinianum, Rome, Italy

Ordination: 16 July 1977
Episcopate: 7 October 1997
Cardinal: 24 November 2007
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Cardinal Archbishop Daniel N. DiNardo on the Issues

Viganò testimony

Supports investigating Archbishop Viganò’s claims
  • The questions raised by Archbishop Viganò “deserve answers that are conclusive and based on evidence,” Cardinal DiNardo said in a statement issued on August 27. He also called on the Holy See to lead an investigation involving the laity into the specific allegations against Theodore McCarrick. (LifeSiteNews)

Amoris Laetitia

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Pro-life leadership

Actively engages in pro-life leadership
  • Cardinal DiNardo presided at the annual USCCB Pro-Life Leadership Mass in 2019. Here he encouraged all Catholic leaders to continue to spread the message of the dignity of human life and stated, “Jesus is the bridegroom of life. He refashions us without tearing us apart. Don’t ever forget that.” (Regnum Christi)
  • At the Fall 2017 U.S. Bishops gathering, DiNardo said “civility begins in the womb.” He asked his fellow bishops that if the unborn are not protected then how can we protect people as they age? He also called for stronger conscience protections for pro-life workers at hospitals that participate in abortion. (LifeSiteNews)
  • Cardinal DiNardo said in a press conference in 2016 that pro-life issues are “very dear to me.” DiNardo had just been elected president of the USCCB. (LifeSiteNews)


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Abortion politics

Upholds Church teaching on abortion politics
  • Cardinal DiNardo wrote to members of the U.S. Senate in July 2018 reminding them that nominees to the Supreme Court should not be held to a litmus test in support of Roe v. Wade. ““By any measure,” he said, “support for Roe is an impoverished standard for assessing judicial ability.” (Catholic News Service)
  • At the 2015 Fall gathering of U.S. bishops, Cardinal DiNardo defended the bishops’ voting guide’s primary focus on abortion. Several liberal bishops said they wanted poverty and the environment to be given the same importance as abortion. DiNardo rejected their claims, saying that the guide was a “good teaching document” as it is currently. (LifeSiteNews)
  • In a statement released in October 2012, Cardinal DiNardo called on Catholics to curb the “staggering” death toll due to abortion. He also strongly criticized the HHS mandate and the Obama administration for forcing Catholics to violate their conscience. DiNardo called on priests to preach pro-life homilies during the month of October as well. (LifeSiteNews)
  • Cardinal DiNardo wrote a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives on April 13, 2011 urging lawmakers to ban federal funding for Planned Parenthood. (LifeSiteNews)


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  • In a 2017 op-ed for The Hill website, Cardinal DiNardo called on President Trump to urgently end the pro-contraception HHS mandate imposed by the Obama administration. DiNardo urged the president to stop delaying the lifting of the mandate, which he said was harming America. (LifeSiteNews)

“LGBT” ideology

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  • Cardinal DiNardo paid a pastoral visit to a FSSP, a group of pro-traditional Latin Mass priests, apostolate parish in Houston in 2014 in order to administer the sacrament of Confirmation to twelve parishioners. (The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter)

Marriage and Family Life

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  • Cardinal DiNardo said he was “very disappointed” with Notre Dame’s decision to honor President Obama at their 2009 commencement ceremony. DiNardo added that the award was “particularly troubling” because the honorary degree “recognizes that the person is a ‘teacher’.” (Catholic Culture)