Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr

Birthday: 21 June 1948

Bachelor of Arts – Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy
Master’s Degree – Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy
Doctorate in Canon Law – Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

Ordination: 20 July 1974
Episcopate: 2 August 2001
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Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr on the Issues

Viganò testimony

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  • During an interview with Annie Mitchell on the SonRise Morning Show, Archbishop Schnurr said “It seems to me the only way to really get to the bottom of the entire situation is to open the McCarrick file. There’s got to be files, you know, both in Washington D.C. and at the Vatican on all of this correspondence. As you say, Archbishop Vigano mentions quite a few of the documents. But again, his testimony is based upon his recollection. Others are saying this is not our recollection. Well, the only way to get to the facts is to look at the file. And I hope and pray that the file is opened. I see no other way to get out of this very painful, this very sad, situation.” (LifeSiteNews)

Amoris Laetitia

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Pro-life leadership

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  • Archbishop Schnurr led thousands of Catholics in marching for life and the unborn during the 13th annual Cross the Bridge for Life event in 2018 over the Ohio River. The Archdiocese of Cincinnati co-sponsored the event. (The Catholic Telgraph)
  • In January 2016, Archbishop Schnurr led 250 people, most of whom were young Catholics, in a pro-life prayer vigil and Benediction outside a Planned Parenthood center in Mount Auburn, Ohio. Schnurr said mass before the vigil. (LifeSiteNews)


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  • In 2014, Archbishop Schnurr asked Catholics in his diocese to pray while the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals heard legal arguments in favor of same-sex “marriage.” Schnurr sent an email announcement to hundreds of thousands of Catholics asking them to pray for the judges involved in the ruling. Schnurr explained that the traditional family unit is the basic building block of society. (LifeSiteNews)

Abortion politics

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  • Archbishop Schnurr’s Archdiocese of Cincinnati hosted a family conference in 2018 which celebrated the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae. The conference featured Humanae Vitae scholar, Janet Smith. (Archdiocese of Cincinnati)
  • In 2018, Archbishop Schnurr ended the distribution of condoms at Mercy Hospital, a Catholic hospital in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati immediately after he became aware of it. (Catholic News Agency)

“LGBT” ideology

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  • Archbishop Schnurr condemned a one day symposium featuring pro-gay priest Fr. James Martin at the University of Cincinnati in March 2018. Schnurr warned priests in his diocese that he did not approve the event, which took place but, thanks to Schnurr, the name “Catholic” was dropped from its title. (LifeSiteNews)


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  • In 2011, Archbishop Schnurr approved the formation of the Congregation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in Cincinnati. The community has a special devotion to Sacred Liturgy and Sacred Music and celebrates the Traditional Latin Mass daily. When the community celebrates the Novus Ordo Mass, Gregorian chant is used. (The Congregation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in Cincinnati)
  • Archbishop Schnurr entrusted Holy Family Parish in Dayton to the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, a Latin Mass group of priests, in September 2010. At the time, the parish became the first diocesan approved Latin-only parish in southwest Ohio. (The Catholic Telegraph)

Marriage and Family Life

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  • Archbishop Schnurr denounced the movie “Fifty Shades of Grey” in 2015. Schnurr stated that the film is “a direct assault on Christian marriage” and in “contrast to the Christian message of God’s design for self-giving and self-sacrificing love, marriage and sexual intimacy.” (LifeSiteNews)


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  • The Archdiocese of Cincinnati inserted a morality clause in its 2014-2015 teacher’s contract that says educators are not allowed to live in ways that contradict Catholic morality. The clause also disallows them from expressing public support for the homosexual lifestyle. Several teachers came forward and complained to local media about the contract. (CNN)
  • In 2013, Archbishop Schnurr removed an assistant principal from a Catholic high school after the man refused to retract public statements he made in favor for homosexual “marriage” on his personal blog. (ABC News)