Bishop Emeritus Patrick J. McGrath

Birthday: 11 June 1945

St. John Seminary – Waterford, Ireland
Doctorate of Canon Law – Pontifical Lateran University, Rome, Italy

Ordination: 7 June 1970
Episcopate: 25 January 1989
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Bishop Emeritus Patrick J. McGrath on the Issues

Viganò testimony

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Amoris Laetitia

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Pro-life leadership

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  • In 2017, Bishop McGrath celebrated the annual Diocese of San Jose Mass for the Dignity of Human Life. Bishop McGrath’s homily praised 40 Days for Life but also quoted Pope Francis on the plight of our immigrants, refugees, and the victims of natural disasters. (The Valley Catholic)


Does not uphold Church teaching on homosexuality
  • In July 2017, Bishop McGrath told practicing homosexuals in his diocese that he will not refuse Holy Eucharist or a Catholic funeral to them so long as they request them “in good faith.” McGrath claimed this was the “compassionate and pastoral” thing to do. (LifeSiteNews)
  • In 2005, Bishop McGrath’s diocese hosted the 12th annual conference of the National Association of Catholic Diocesan Lesbian and Gay Ministries at the downtown San Jose Hilton Hotel. McGrath gave remarks at the opening session of the event. (MetroActive)

Abortion politics

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  • Bishop McGrath said abortion was just one of “a number of concerns” Catholic voters must consider when voting in the 2016 presidential election. Poverty, capital punishment, care for the environment, euthanasia, and immigration were the other issues McGrath said should inform each voters’ moral decision-making process. (Diocese of San Jose)


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“LGBT” ideology

Does not uphold Church teaching on “LGBT” ideology
  • In 2017, a parish in the San Jose diocese promoted on its website the biography of an openly homosexual member of its Parish Council. The biography said the man was married to his “husband” Willie and that they were the parents of two third-graders at the school. (LifeSiteNews)
  • Bishop McGrath’s diocese has an LGBT Ministry Council that holds monthly “All Are Welcome” masses (Diocese of San Jose)
  • In 2016, Bishop McGrath presided over the 25th anniversary ordination mass of a radical pro-LGBT priest who served as pastor of a liberal parish in San Jose. The parish employed a “married” homosexual man as their Mass coordinator and LGBT Ministry Leader. (Joseph Sciambra)
  • Bishop McGrath was one of the first Church leaders in the country to establish a Pastoral Resource Committee to support “LGBT” Catholics. Information and resources for homosexual Catholics are displayed on the San Jose Diocese website. (MetroActive)


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  • In 2018, Bishop McGrath forbid the distribution of Holy Communion on the tongue during cold and flu season in order to “foster the health and safety” of the community. (Diocese of San Jose)

Marriage and Family Life

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  • In 2004, Bishop McGrath said that the Gospels “are not historical accounts of the historical events that they narrate. They are theological reflections upon the events that form the core of Christian faith and belief.” McGrath made the comments following the release of Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ.” McGrath said the charge of anti-semitism cannot be leveled against Catholicism since Catholics do not adhere to the literal, historical truth of Scripture. (LifeSiteNews)