Bishop Michael F. Burbidge

Birthday: 16 June 1957

Bachelor’s in Philosophy – Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood, PA
Master’s in Theology – Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood, PA
Master’s of Education Administration – Villanova University, Villanova, PA
Doctorate of Education – Immaculata University, Immaculata, PA

Ordination: 19 May 1984
Episcopate: 5 September 2002
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Bishop Michael F. Burbidge on the Issues

Viganò testimony

Supports investigating Archbishop Viganò’s claims
  • During his weekly “Walk Humbly Podcast,” Bishop Burbidge said “We need to review” Archbishop Vigano’s letter “carefully, comprehensively, thoroughly and evidence needs to be given.” The “bottom line is, we need to know the truth.” Let’s “have due process. We need clarity but allow that to take place. There’s no need to discredit or make judgments at this point. Let’s follow that process.” (Arlington Catholic Herald)

Amoris Laetitia

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Pro-life leadership

Actively engages in pro-life leadership
  • Bishop Burbidge prayed the rosary outside an abortion clinic in Falls Church, Virginia with more than 100 Catholics, most of whom were high school and college students, in April 2018. Burbidge said a Mass for Life before the prayer rally. (LifeSiteNews)
  • Bishop Burbidge led high school students in praying the rosary outside an abortion clinic in Alexandria, Virginia during the 40 Days for Life campaign in October 2017. (Arlington Catholic Herald)
  • More than 50 pro-life activists joined Bishop Burbidge in praying the rosary outside a Falls Church, Virginia abortion center on April 4th, 2017 as part of the 40 Days for Life campaign. (Arlington Catholic Herald)
  • Bishop Burbidge blessed the grand opening of one of America’s largest free-standing, pro-life OB/GYN clinics in March 2017. (LifeSiteNews)
  • Bishop Burbidge co-authored a letter with Bishop Peter Jugis in March 2016 thanking pro-lifers for their activism following a federal court’s decision to allow “Choose Life” license plates. The letter pointed out that millions of children are lost to the “violence of abortion” but that we “stand proud in opposition” to it because “all human life is sacred and must be protected.” (Diocese of Raleigh)
  • In 2012, Burbidge publicly criticized a District Court judge who ruled that North Carolina could only issue a “Choose Life” license plate if it also allowed a “pro-choice” license plate. (National Catholic Reporter)
  • Bishop Burbidge delivered the invocation and gave prepared remarks at the 2011 North Carolina Right to Life Prayer Breakfast for Life. (Knights of Columbus)
  • While serving as bishop of Raleigh, North Carolina, Bishop Burbidge prayed the invocation and delivered remarks to 1,500 pro-lifers at the 2011 North Carolina Rally and March for Life. (National Right to Life)


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Abortion politics

Upholds Church teaching on abortion politics
  • Weeks before the 2016 presidential election, Bishop Burbidge told Catholics that there is a “hierarchy of issues that demand our focus and attention” when it comes to voting. That hierarchy “begins with the defense of all human life at every stage,” he wrote in a column. (Diocese of Raleigh)
  • In 2014, Burbidge said he was “saddened” to learn a federal judge struck down a law requiring abortion providers to conduct an ultrasound and show the images to patients. Burbidge said the decision does a great disservice to women by denying them medical truth. (Diocese of Raleigh)


Faithful to Church teaching on contraception
  • In a letter to the editor of the Fairfax County Times in June 2018, Bishop Burbidge rebuked the Fairfax County School Board’s proposal to start teaching students about different types of contraception. The proposal stopped teaching that abstinence is the only 100 percent effective method of preventing sexually transmitted diseases. Burbidge described the proposal as misguided and harmful. (Fairfax County Times)

“LGBT” ideology

Upholds Church teaching on “LGBT” ideology
  • Bishop Burbidge rebuked a proposal heard by the Fairfax County School Board’s that proposed a more “inclusive,” gender-neutral student curriculum. Burbidge said in a letter to the editor of the Fairfax County Times in June 2018 that he was disturbed to hear that the proposal replaced the phrase “sex assigned at birth” with “biological sex.” Burbidge claimed the proposal confuses children and denies scientific truth about the way God makes people. (Fairfax County Times)


Promotes reverent liturgy
  • Bishop Burbidge confers the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Extraordinary Form every year at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More. (Catholic Diocese of Arlington)
  • Bishop Burbidge supports the Traditional Latin Mass in the Diocese of Arlington where the Extraordinary Form is said regularly at nine parishes. (Catholic Diocese of Arlington)

Marriage and Family Life

Upholds Church teaching on marriage and family life
  • At the Diocese of Arlington’s annual Mass for Homeschool Families, Bishop Burbidge highlighted the important role parents play in their children’s faith formation. Burbidge said that it is the responsibility of parents to be the “first teachers,” for it is through the family that children are “to be taught knowledge of God, to worship God, and to love neighbor.” (LifeSiteNews)
  • In 2013, Bishop Burbidge resigned from the North Carolina Council of Churches, an organization of North Carolina’s Christian church leaders, because the council has taken positions “contrary to Church teaching on marriage.” (National Catholic Reporter)


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