Bishop Peter J. Jugis

Birthday: 3 March 1957

Bachelor’s in Business Administration – University of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC
Licentiate in Canon Law – The Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy
Doctorate in Canon Law – The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

Ordination: 12 June 1983
Episcopate: 1 August 2003
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Bishop Peter J. Jugis on the Issues

Viganò testimony

Supports investigating Archbishop Viganò’s claims
  • Bishop Jugis has voiced his support for an investigation into the allegations against Theodore McCarrick. Jugis stated that “to begin to repair and restore trust,” there must be “an independent, national, lay commission with the authority to follow all leads wherever the truth may lead.” (Catholic News Herald)

Amoris Laetitia

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Pro-life leadership

Actively engages in pro-life leadership
  • Bishop Jugis was the principal celebrant at the 2019 annual North Carolina Mass Giving Thanks to God for the Gift of Human Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception before the March for Life. (Catholic News Herald)
  • Bishop Jugis serves on the advisory board of Priests for Life, a pro-life organization of Catholic priests (Priests for Life)
  • During his homily for the North Carolina Mass for the Unborn at the 2017 March for Life in Washington, Bishop Jugis said “It is the Lord’s love ultimately which conquers the evil of abortion.” Dot not “underestimate the power of the Holy Eucharist in all of your work on behalf of the unborn to bring about change. It is Jesus’ work,” he told those in attendance. The mass was held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. (Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte)
  • Bishop Jugis spoke to hundreds of pro-lifers at the 11th annual March for Life Charlotte that took place in January of 2017. Jugis told the marches that he appreciates “all of you being here to witness to the sanctity of human life, the unborn child in the womb.” (Catholic News Herald)
  • In August 2016, Bishop Jugis encouraged pro-life leaders attending the Diocese of Charlotte’s Respect Life conference to rely on prayer and fasting as a means to persevere in the fight to protect the unborn. (Catholic News Herald)
  • Bishop Jugis co-authored a letter with Bishop Michael Burbidge 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)
  • Bishop Jugis delivered a powerful pro-life holy at the North Carolina Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine prior to the 2015 March for Life in Washington, D.C. (Diocese of Charlotte)
  • In 2011, Bishop Jugis wrote a letter published in the Charlotte Observer newspaper criticizing the governor’s veto of a bill that would have mandated abortionists to give women an ultrasound at least 24 hours before having an abortion. Jugis pledged to work to overturn the veto. (LifeSiteNews)


Upholds Church teaching on homosexuality
  • In 2013, Bishop Jugis 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)
  • A homosexual music director in the Diocese of Charlotte was fired after marrying his partner in 2012. In a statement regarding the matter, Bishop Jugis said this “civil union” was “in direct opposition to the teaching of the Catholic Church.” Jugis described marriage as “a lifelong, exclusive covenant between one man and one woman.” (The Seattle Times)

Abortion politics

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  • In 2004, Bishop Jugis co-authored a statement with the Archbishop of Atlanta and the bishop of Charleston, South Carolina that said politicians who support abortion should be denied Holy Communion. The letter also said pro-abortion politicians must publicly renounce their views and seek permission from the bishops in order to receive Communion. (LifeNews)


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“LGBT” ideology

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  • Bishop Jugis lead thousands of lay Catholics and dozens of priests in a Eucharistic Procession through the downtown streets of Charlotte in September 2018. (Diocese of Charlotte)

Marriage and Family Life

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  • In his diocese, Bishop Jugis holds an annual “wedding anniversary Mass” to honor couples’ “Christian witness.” In his 2018 homily for this Mass, Jugis spoke of the sanctity of marriage. He stated, “Marriage is a sacrament instituted by Christ to give grace,” and to “provide a solid foundation for family life.” (Catholic News Herald)


Upholds Church teaching on education
  • It’s a “scandal” for Catholic churches and schools to continue employing anyone who enters into a same-sex “marriage” or publicly announces plans to do so and the diocese would be “irreparably damaged” if it could not fire employees who flout Church teaching. Jugis made these comments in 2014 while deposed in a federal court case of a former diocesan school employee suing the school and the Diocese of Charlotte after he was fired for announcing on Facebook he planned to “wed” his same-sex “partner” the following summer. (LifeSiteNews)
  • In 2015, Bishop Jugis prevented a dissident, pro-LGBT nun censured by the Vatican in 1999 from speaking at a church in his diocese. The event was scheduled for May 16 at St. Peter Catholic Church. Jugis sent out an email about the event informing Catholics about why it was cancelled. A diocesan spokesperson said “We are not going to have someone who opposes Catholic teaching to be teaching in a Catholic diocese.” (CatholicVote)