Amoris Laetitia “This is a document that demands a careful reading and reflection from Catholics everywhere, and it is sure to bear great fruit … Rather than try to draw immediate conclusions from the text, we are urged to reflect upon it and to ponder, patiently and carefully, what the teachings will mean for the Church and for her ministry to families.”

– Press statement, 2016

Women priests “If I were founding a church, I’d love to have women priests. But Christ founded it, and what he has given us is something different.”

– Interview with 60 Minutes, 2014

Same-sex marriage “As a citizen of the United States and a Catholic bishop, I am saddened by the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage.”

– Press statement, 2015

Pope Francis and gay Catholics “The Holy Father is talking about reaching out to the periphery and very often this is a group that is on the periphery. It is not necessarily that the Church is going to change doctrine, but as somebody said, the Holy Father hasn’t changed the lyrics, but he’s changed the melody.”

– National Catholic Reporter, 2014

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