Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann

Birthday: 4 June 1949

St. Louis Preparatory Seminary South – St. Louis, Missouri, 1967
Cardinal Glennon College – St. Louis, Missouri, 1971
Theological Studies – Kenrick Seminary – St. Louis, Missouri, 1975

Ordination: 24 May 1975
Episcopate: 3 September 1997
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Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann on the Issues

Viganò testimony

Supports investigating Archbishop Viganò’s claims
  • In a lengthy public statement issued August 31, Archbishop Naumann said “In my experience of Archbishop Vigano during his tenure as apostolic nuncio, he was a man of integrity. There are also respected sources that are contesting elements of Archbishop Vigano’s statement. This development makes it even more imperative that we embrace Cardinal DiNardo’s commitment to pursue the truth of why McCarrick was allowed to continue to exercise public ministry and continue in the College of Cardinals, when his sexual misconduct and abuse of power were already known. We must do all that we can to ascertain the truth and then allow the chips to fall where they may.” (The Leaven)

Amoris Laetitia

Not enough evidence collected on this issue

Pro-life leadership

Actively engages in pro-life leadership
  • In 2019, Archbishop Naumann said the Kansas Supreme Court’s decision to declare abortion a constitutionally protected right was “absurd.” He urged Catholics to add a Constitutional Amendment to “correct” the Court’s “grave error.” (Church Militant)
  • Archbishop Naumann said the Vigil Mass on the eve of the March for Life at the National Shrine in Washington D.C. in January 2019. During his sermon, Naumann strongly denounced abortion and the “deception” used to legally enshrined it into law in 1973. “Protecting the life of unborn children is the preeminent human rights issue of our time,” he said. Abortion “attacks the sanctuary of life – the family.” (LifeSiteNews)
  • Archbishop Naumann serves on the board of directors at Human Life Action, an organization founded in 1974 that advocates for pro-life laws at the federal level, supports pro-life Catholic groups, and strives to end Roe v. Wade. (Human Life Action)
  • Archbishop Naumann was given the Lumen Vitae Medal, a prestigious pro-life award given by St. Benedict’s Abbey in Atchison, Kansas, in 2018. (The Leaven)
  • From 1984 until 1995, Naumann served as the Pro-Life Coordinator for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. During his tenure, the archdiocese founded a Project Rachel ministry and Lifeline Coalition, a joint effort between Catholic hospitals and other pro-life groups aimed at helping single mothers. (Human Life Action)


Upholds Church teaching on homosexuality
  • In a statement released August 31, Archbishop Naumann said “we cannot ignore” that the majority of abuse cases in the Pennsylvania abuse report involved “homosexual acts.” Priests need to be able to articulate why homosexual acts are “always seriously sinful.” Pope Benedict “gave guidance to seminaries and vocation ministries regarding the nonacceptance for priestly formation those with deep-seated homosexual tendencies. All candidates for the seminary have to be able to give evidence for their capacity of living celibate chastity with both integrity and joy.” (The Leaven)
  • During an interview with LifeSiteNews in June 2018, Naumann said persons in same-sex relationships should not receive the sacraments. He said the Church must have an honest discussion with persons in gay relationships and let them know that they are not engaged in a real marriage. Denying them Holy Communion might be something pastors need to do, he added. (LifeSiteNews)

Abortion politics

Upholds Church teaching on abortion politics
  • Archbishop Naumann said abortion has a “destructive poisoning effect” within the culture during an appearance on a radio program called Love Will End Abortion on July 9, 2018. Naumann said Judge Amy Coney Barrett was “exactly” the type of person all Americans should want on the Supreme Court. He also said that when it comes to voting, “What issue can compare to the death of a million innocent children every year and of 60 plus million over the past 45 years? What other issue has that proportion of innocent human life being destroyed?” (Love Will End Abortion)
  • During an interview with LifeSiteNews in June 2018, Naumann said abortion and euthanasia have a “deeper relevance” and “have great weight in public policy.” (LifeSiteNews)
  • At the 2018 National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, Archbishop Naumann defended denying communion to pro-abortion politicians. He said they need “accountability.” (LifeSiteNews)
  • During a 2017 interview with Catholic World Report, Naumann said politicians who “flaunt” being Catholic while asserting that they are also pro-abortion are “particularly problematic” and are guilty of “misleading” Catholics. Naumann said priests cannot shy away from preaching about abortion. (Catholic World Report)
  • In 2017, Archbishop Naumann cut diocesan ties with the Girl Scouts and switched to a Christian-based program after reports showed the Girl Scouts were promoting Planned Parenthood and abortion. (LifeSiteNews)
  • In conjunction with the other Bishops of Kansas, Naumann made a video in the run up to the 2016 presidential election calling on Catholics to keep what the bishops called the “catastrophe” of abortion at the forefront of their minds when voting. (LifeSiteNews)
  • In October 2016, Archbishop Naumann defended Church teaching on abortion, writing in his diocesan newspaper that it was “painful” to listen to Catholic Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine explain his pro-abortion views during a debate. (Women of Grace)
  • Archbishop Naumann issued a pastoral letter ahead of the 2008 elections reminding Catholics they must give priority to legalized abortion over other issues and that if they vote for a politician because he or she supports legalized abortion they are participating in a “grave moral evil” which “can never be justified.” (EWTN)
  • In 2008, Archbishop Naumann called on the pro-abortion governor of Kansas to “refrain” from receiving communion until she publicly repudiated her pro-abortion views and policies. (LifeSiteNews)


Faithful to Church teaching on contraception
  • On October 26, 2018, Archbishop Naumann published a weekly column titled “Pseudo-feminism pits women against their own children.” In his column, Naumann said the sexual revolution “has been a disaster for children, women and men.” He rebuked what he called a “distorted notion of women’s rights” and the impact contraception has had on family life, especially women. “Instead of insisting on public policies that accommodate and recognize the importance of bearing, nurturing and forming children, this pseudo-feminism pits women against their own children and requires women to imitate men in order to enjoy success in their chosen careers.” (The Leaven)
  • In June 2018, Archbishop Naumann told LifeSiteNews that using contraception is an “intrinsic evil” in all circumstances because it “cuts off one of the goals of marriage which is an openness to life.” Circumstances can affect the culpability, he added, but that doesn’t affect the rightness or wrongness of the act. (LifeSiteNews)

“LGBT” ideology

Upholds Church teaching on “LGBT” ideology
  • During an interview with LifeSiteNews in June 2018, Naumann said there are “real obstacles” to participating in the sacraments for persons who say they are transgender. We can’t “change the gender that we’ve been given,” Naumann explained, “even a person who’s had surgery, that doesn’t change their basic identities.” (LifeSiteNews)
  • Archbishop Naumann interviewed the founder of Desert Stream Ministries on his radio program in 2013. Desert Stream Ministries is a group helping persons with same-sex attraction live chaste, Christian lives. Naumann and his guest discussed the confusion over sexual orientation, homosexual “marriage,” and gender identity, among other topics. The man who founded the organization, a formerly active homosexual, gave two talks at parishes within the Archdiocese of Kansas City during the week. (Archdiocese of Kansas City)


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  • In the aftermath of the sex abuse crisis in 2018, Archbishop Naumann approved of the praying of the St. Michael Prayer at the end of masses in his archdiocese for protection from the devil and to bring an end to the abuse. (LifeSiteNews)
  • In 2016, Archbishop Naumann wrote a directive to priests in his diocese telling them it’s “incorrect to definitively assert that either ‘ad orientem’ or ‘versus populum’ is superior than the other.” He said he was concerned about “liturgical unity” of Catholics in his Archdiocese as a reason for not “affirmatively” promote changing to “ad orientem” worship “by individual priests at this time.” (Corpus Christi Watershed)

Marriage and Family Life

Upholds Church teaching on marriage and family life
  • On October 26, 2018, Archbishop Naumann published a weekly column titled “Pseudo-feminism pits women against their own children.” In his column, Naumann said the sexual revolution “has been a disaster for children, women and men.” He wrote that, “A large number of young men are completely confused about their masculine identity. They have been formed to believe their responsibility to women they impregnate is to pay for a portion of the cost for the abortion of their child. In our sexualized culture, they have been enticed at a young age to become addicted to pornography. They no longer seem to be needed to be a protector and provider for their spouse and children.” (The Leaven)
  • During an interview with LifeSiteNews in June 2018, Naumann said cohabitation is “dishonest” and couples who cohabitate aren’t really in a position to welcome children into the world. The “optimal circumstances” for children to be raised in is with their married, biological parents committed to one another in a life-long union of fidelity, he said. (LifeSiteNews)
  • During an interview with LifeSiteNews in 2018, Archbishop Naumann said cohabitation and fornication are “dishonest” and don’t give children “optimal” circumstances to be raised in. Marriage, which is oriented toward children, permanently commits two people to one another, he said. (LifeSiteNews)
  • Orphans and children growing up without a home “can’t be tolerated,” Naumann said at an event on foster families in Washington in May of 2018. The even was hosted by conservative writer Kathryn Jean Lopez. Archbishop Naumann told attendees “Foster care and adoption is another way that God is calling couples to be open to life…and not just infertile couples, but couples that have biological children who can welcome another child into their family.” (Facebook)
  • At the Fall 2017 gathering of U.S. Bishops in Maryland, Archbishop Naumann praised family life and what he called the “heroic decisions of love” married couples make everyday. He called on his fellow Bishops to encourage and let married couples know “what they’re doing is so important, not just for them and for their families, but for society and for the culture and for the church.” (LifeSiteNews)


Upholds Church teaching on education
  • During an interview with LifeSiteNews in June 2018, Naumann said confusion results from Catholic schools and institutions giving honors and awards to persons who fail to uphold Catholic morality. Naumann said “prudence demands that we avoid giving anything that would be scandalous or appear to give approval to these public statements that are at odds with the church’s teaching on these important moral issues.” (LifeSiteNews)