Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades

Birthday: 26 November 1957

Bachelor’s in Philosophy – Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook, PA
Theological Studies – Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy
Spanish – University of Salamanca, Spain
Advanced Degrees in Dogmatic Theology and Canon Law – Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy

Ordination: 9 July 1983
Episcopate: 9 December 2004

Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades on the Issues

Viganò testimony

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Amoris Laetitia

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Pro-life leadership

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  • As a priest in the diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Rhoades regularly brought his parishioners to pray the rosary outside an abortion center. He continued doing so while serving as Bishop of Harrisburg in the 2000s. In 2005 over 500 people, including EWTN priest Fr. John Trigilio, prayed outside an abortion clinic with him. A Fatima statue of Mary was part of the procession. (Tradition, Family and Property)


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Abortion politics

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Faithful to Church teaching on contraception
  • Bishop Rhoades issued a statement in 2018 denouncing Notre Dame’s decision to provide contraception coverage to its students and employees. Notre Dame should not act contrary to its Catholic beliefs, he said. “The Catholic Church clearly teaches that contraception is an immoral action that contradicts the truth of marital love.” (Women of Grace)

“LGBT” ideology

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  • In 2013, Bishop Rhoades co-wrote a letter on behalf of the USCCB withdrawing its support of the Violence Against Women Act because the Obama administration added language protecting ‘sexual orientation’ and ‘gender identity’ into the law. The added classifications “undermine the meaning and importance of sexual difference,” the letter said. (LifeSiteNews)


Promotes reverent liturgy
  • In 2015, Bishop Rhoades designated a church in South Bend as a “personal parish.” The designation allowed the parish to offer the Traditional Latin Mass. A priest from the Fraternal Society of St. Peter was named pastor. (Today’s Catholic)
  • Bishop Rhoades gave his imprimatur to an iPhone and iPad confession app that helps Catholics prepare for the sacrament of reconciliation. (Today’s Catholic)
  • In 2009, Bishop Rhoades solemnly enclosed a community of Carmelite nuns in Elysburg, Pennsylvania while serving as bishop of Harrisburg. The nuns were given spiritual direction by the Fraternal Society of St. Peter, a Latin Mass group of priests. (The Remnant Newspaper)
  • In 2007, Bishop Rhoades was serving as bishop of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In a letter to a Latin Mass community, he said he was “certainly grateful” for Pope Benedict’s Summorum Pontificum. He also established the Latin Mass community with its own full-time chaplain to celebrate daily liturgy according to the traditional rubrics. (Father Z’s Blog)

Marriage and Family Life

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  • Bishop Rhoades led an investigation into the Church’s relationship with the Girl Scouts while serving as the chair of the U.S. Bishop’s Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth. The investigation found the Girl Scouts guilty of promoting values opposed to Church teaching on family life. (USCCB)


Upholds Church teaching on education
  • Bishop Rhoades said it was wrong for Notre Dame to give its most prestigious honor, the Laetare Medal, to Joe Biden in 2016. He said giving the award to a “pro-choice” politician who has also supported same-sex “marriages” gives the impression you can be a “good Catholic” while also advocating policies that contradict the Church’s fundamental moral and social principles and teachings. (Bishop Rhoade’s Blog)
  • In 2016, Bishop Rhoades released a statement calling on Catholic school teachers to not publicly “reject” or “sow doubt” about the Church’s dogmatic or moral teachings, especially when it comes to gay “marriage,” in-vitro fertilization, surrogacy, and adultery. Several liberal teachers complained to local media about the directive. (LifeSiteNews)
  • Bishop Rhoades reinforced the Catholic identity of schools in his diocese by issuing a 7 page, 16-point statement in April 2016 calling on faculty to “embrace the fullness of the life of faith” and to not publicly reject the Church’s teachings. American Life League, a nationally-recognized pro-life organization, praised Rhoades for his decision. (LifeSiteNews)
  • Bishop Rhoades rebuked students and faculty at St. Mary’s College in South Bend who promoted Planned Parenthood. In a letter in his diocesan newspaper, Rhoades said Planned Parenthood was founded to promote eugenics and that Catholic institutions cannot “look the other way” in the face of attacks on the unborn. Rhoades cited Ex Corde Ecclesiae as well. (Today’s Catholic)