Bishop Robert F. Vasa

Birthday: 7 May 1951

Master of Divinity – Holy Trinity Seminary, Dallas, TX
Licentiate of Canon Law – Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy

Ordination: 22 May 1976
Episcopate: 26 January 2000
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Bishop Robert F. Vasa on the Issues

Viganò testimony

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  • In a 2018 statement in the clergy sex abuse crisis, Bishop Vasa spoke briefly of a cardinal who committed “immoral actions,” but he did not specifically mention McCarrick or demand an investigation into McCarrick’s actions. Vasa stated that he supported the USCCB’s proposed initiative regarding bishops’ accountability. (Diocese of Santa Rosa)

Amoris Laetitia

Does not allow Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics
  • In a book about the 2014 Extraordinary Synod on the Family, Bishop Vasa and his co-author Bishop Athanasius Schneider defended Church teaching on not allowing “remarried” Catholics to receive communion. Only “if the sinner has manifested not only a sincere repentance but also a purpose of amendment” can they be admitted to Holy Communion, he wrote. (LifeSiteNews)

Pro-life leadership

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Upholds Church teaching on homosexuality
  • In a book co-written with Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Bishop Vasa said the Church cannot bless homosexual unions, which are “gravely sinful” and involve “unnatural sexuality.” Bishops “must oppose” attempts to legalize such unions, Vasa wrote. (LifeSiteNews)
  • After the Supreme Court legalized gay “marriage” in 2015, Bishop Vasa issued a statement saying “While five Justices may have changed marriage’s legal definition, they can never change its moral definition.” The true definition of marriage is a union between one man and one woman ordered to the procreation and education of children. (The Press Democrat)

Abortion politics

Upholds Church teaching on abortion politics
  • In 2015, Bishop Vasa described undercover videos that showed Planned Parenthood employees discussing the sale of aborted babies as “very disturbing.” Vasa said it is unconscionable that taxpayer dollars support an organization committed to such gruesome evil. (California Catholic Daily)
  • Bishop Vasa called Obamacare “positively evil” due to its funding of abortion in a column in March 2010. He also said “A program that funds the killing of innocent children is not health care.” Demanding that abortion not be funded is to take a stance “in the face of evil,” he exclaimed. (LifeSiteNews)
  • In 2008, Bishop Vasa blasted Nancy Pelosi for saying her pro-abortion views were informed by St. Augustine. Vasa wrote a letter clarifying that St. Augustine opposed abortion. He also noted that not all political issues, especially abortion and euthanasia, are equal. “A person may work very admirably to alleviate poverty but this does not justify ignoring the greatest poverty which is the one which fails to recognize the value of life,” he wrote. (EWTN)
  • Speaking with LifeSiteNews at the 2008 Catholic Leadership Conference, Bishop Vasa said a politician who holds a pro-abortion stance disqualifies themselves from being voted for by faithful Catholics. (LifeSiteNews)
  • During a 2008 interview with the American Life League, Bishop Vasa said Catholics who are “pro-choice” have a faulty view not only of conscience, but also of freedom. Vasa said Catholics have an obligation to speak up for innocent children in their mother’s womb. If Catholics didn’t speak up for the unborn, they would be guilty of “depraved indifference.” (American Life League)
  • In a 2008 interview with LifeSiteNews, Bishop Vasa said “Abortion needs to be in our country a defining issue, and we ought not be afraid to make it a defining issue, because when we do that we will have an end of abortion in this country.” (LifeSiteNews)
  • In 2006, Bishop Vasa wrote a letter for his diocesan newspaper identifying the “pro-choice” position among Catholics as a “heresy.” (LifeSiteNews)
  • During a 2004 interview with Catholic Online, Bishop Vasa was asked if he would give communion to liberal Senator John Kerry. Vasa said “I literally could not give Holy Communion to a professed and actively committed pro-choice politician.” (Catholic Online)


Faithful to Church teaching on contraception
  • In February 2010, Bishop Vasa ended his diocese’s relationship with St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, Oregon because, among other things, the hospital refused to stop offering tubal ligations – a form of sterilization for women that leaves them unable to get pregnant. (Seattle Times)

“LGBT” ideology

Upholds Church teaching on “LGBT” ideology
  • In 2014, Bishop Vasa defended Church teaching on sexuality by saying the proper ordering of the sexual faculty is toward procreation. When persons use their sexual faculty in a way that isn’t used for its procreative end then it’s not properly ordered, he added. (The Press Democrat)
  • In March 2014, Bishop Vasa invited Joseph Sciambra to give a speech in his diocese. Sciambra is a former gay porn actor who reverted to Catholicism and now defends Church teaching on homosexuality. During his talk, Sciambra urged gay Catholics to live chaste lives according to Church teaching. Liberal Catholics criticized Vasa for inviting Sciambra to his diocese. (LifeSiteNews)


Promotes reverent liturgy
  • Bishop Vasa will serve as a faculty member and give a speech at the 7th annual Sacred Liturgy Conference in Spokane, Washington in May of 2019. (New Liturgical Movement)
  • Bishop Vasa ordered an immediate halt to Communion services in his diocese where a priest is not present on August 1, 2018. Vasa said the practice is “not consistent with the Instructions from the Holy See.” Vasa said the Liturgy of the Hours or the Liturgy of the Word could take place instead. (Catholic Herald)
  • While bishop of Baker, Oregon in 2000, Bishop Vasa held diocesan-wide projects and presentations on the General Instruction of the Roman Missal. The subject of his Confirmation homilies that year focused primarily on the need for liturgical reverence, attention, and devotion. (Thomas Aquinas College)

Marriage and Family Life

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  • Bishop Vasa issued a statement expressing his full support of Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone at the 2014 March for Marriage in Washington. Bishop Vasa’s statement said he admires Cordileone’s strong desire to preserve the proper definition of marriage. (Diocese of Santa Rosa)


Upholds Church teaching on education
  • Bishop Vasa serves on the ecclesiastical advisory board of the California-based Napa Institute. The Napa Institute holds conferences, symposiums and events across the U.S. that features faithful Catholics, priests and bishops who encourage Catholic leaders to fight secularism and building an authentically Christian America. (Napa Institute)
  • Bishop Vasa presented a revised code of ethics for employees at Catholic schools in his diocese in 2015. The code stated that school teachers and leaders must live an “exemplary life both personally and professionally.” It also required employees to live public lives in accordance with the Catechism. (LifeSiteNews)
  • Bishop Vasa said the University of Notre Dame’s decision to invite President Obama to speak at its 2009 commencement was “just one more sign of the failure of Catholic Institutions to stand up for and support a higher ethical standard.” (LifeSiteNews)
  • Bishop Vasa said mass and spoke at the 2005 convocation service for Thomas Aquinas College in California, a school known for its faithfulness to Church teaching. Vasa told freshman in his message that they are privileged to study at Thomas Aquinas. (Thomas Aquinas College)
  • In 2004, Bishop Vasa was heavily criticized by liberal Catholics across the U.S. for requiring all lay Catholics involved in parish ministries to pledge support to a document he wrote that included 10 doctrinal statements on Church teaching, including life, homosexuality, marriage, contraception, and cohabitation, among other issues. (American Life League)