Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila

Birthday: 24 September 1950

Bachelor’s – University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
Master’s in Theology – St. Thomas Seminary, Denver, CO
Licentiate in Sacred Theology – San Anselmo University, Rome, Italy

Ordination: 5 June 1976
Episcopate: 24 August 2001

Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila on the Issues

Viganò testimony

Supports investigating Archbishop Viganò’s claims
  • Archbishop Aquila said in a public statement that Archbishop Vigano is a “man of deep faith and integrity.” Aquila said he supported Cardinal DiNardo’s call for “the Holy See to conduct a thorough investigation that includes granting authority to a lay commission to examine the many questions that surround Archbishop McCarrick, such as who was involved in covering-up his gravely immoral behavior or failed to act to stop it.” (Denver Catholic)

Amoris Laetitia

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Pro-life leadership

Actively engages in pro-life leadership
  • Archbishop Aquila spoke at the 2018 Celebrate Life March, which took place in front of the Colorado State Capitol building. (Denver Catholic)
  • Aquila’s Archdiocese sponsored a local protest of Planned Parenthood in April 2016 after undercover videos showed Planned Parenthood employees discussing the sale of aborted babies. (LifeSiteNews)
  • In March of 2016, Archbishop Aquila led 1,800 Catholics in Eucharistic procession outside a Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Denver (LifeSiteNews)
  • Archbishop Aquila told attendees at the 2016 March for Life rally in Denver that abortion “must come to an end.” (Rewire News)
  • Aquila told 5,000 pro-lifers at the 2015 Colorado March for Life to educate others about the evils of abortion and to go door-to-door promoting the “excellence” of life. (LifeSiteNews)
  • In 2013, Aquila explained in a column that he became pro-life after working at a hospital in college. Aquila said he witnessed two abortions and saw a dead child in a sink. “The memory haunts me,” he wrote. “I will never forget that I stood witness to acts of unspeakable brutality.” (LifeSiteNews)
  • In 2009 when he was Bishop of Fargo, North Dakota, Aquila led a Eucharistic procession to the Red River Women’s abortion clinic in Fargo. His Excellency held a prayer service in front of the clinic as well. (LifeSiteNews)


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Abortion politics

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  • At the 2016 March for Life in Denver, Archbishop Aquila said Catholics should not vote for politicians who support Planned Parenthood, which “does not give witness to life.” (Rewire News)


Faithful to Church teaching on contraception
  • Archbishop Aquila praised Pope Paul VI in a letter he wrote celebrating the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae. What Pope Paul VI wrote was “a great gift” for the Church and the world, Aquila declared. Humanae Vitae was a “courageous prophesy” about the “truth” of human life and married love. (National Catholic Register)
  • In February 2018, Archbishop Aquila appeared on EWTN with Raymond Arroyo to discuss his pastoral letter on Humanae Vitae. Aquila praised Paul VI and explained the Church’s teaching on sexuality and natural family planning. (EWTN)

“LGBT” ideology

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Marriage and Family Life

Upholds Church teaching on marriage and family life
  • Archbishop Aquila serves on the episcopal advisory board of the Theology of the Body Evangelization Team, a grassroots organization founded in 2001 that promotes marriage prep, seminars and education cirriculum across the United States rooted in Theology of the Body. (Theology of the Body Evangelization Team)
  • In a 2018 pastoral letter, Archbishop Aquila drew attention to the evil effects of contraception and divorce but also said it is “crucial to reaffirm our commitment to…Christ’s teaching on marriage and sexuality.” He also recalled that Sr. Lucia said the decisive battle between God and Satan will be over the family. When the family is undermined, society itself is threatened, he wrote. (LifeSiteNews)
  • In 2017, Aquila disallowed Boy Scout programs affiliated with Denver parishes from admitting girls. Aquila said that allowing girls who think they are boys into the Boy Scouts is harmful. He also called on the Boy Scouts and Girl Scout to form boys and girls into virtuous Christian young adults. (LifeSiteNews)
  • In 2005, the Diocese of Fargo became the second diocese in the country to require all couples undergoing marriage preparation to be instructed in Natural Family Planning. Aquila was serving as bishop at the time, promoting NFP extensively in the diocesan newspaper, at conferences, and in speeches (Catholic News Agency)


Upholds Church teaching on education
  • Aquila strongly denounced a transgender drag show at Regis University, a Colorado Catholic institution. In an open letter dated November 13, 2018, Aquila said “this guidance is not in conformity with the Catholic faith.” The school refused to cancel the event. (
  • Archbishop Aquila 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)
  • In 2003, Aquila banned school dances for sixth through eighth grade students at a Catholic school while serving as the bishop of the diocese of Fargo. Aquila told the diocesan newspaper that there needs to be boundaries for students and that they need a disciplined foundation to prepare them for adulthood. (INFORUM)