About Bishop John McCarthy

Who is Bishop John McCarthy?

On the Issues:

  • Married Priests

    "The Church has ALWAYS had them! First thousand years. Today, in the Eastern Church and all the ordained Protestant ministers who have been received into the Church without disruption to their families. This issue could be "solved on Thursday at 2pm with a single pen stroke from the Pope."

  • Divorce

    “…Millions of Catholics find themselves in impossible situations that cannot be altered … If the Church could find solutions to failed marriages in the second century, shouldn’t it try to do so in the 21st?”

  • Abortion

    “I take exception to the basic organizational thrust of the Catholic Church in the United States as it endeavors to counter the agonizing reality of abortion. In my opinion, the Church must take primarily a prophetic role, not a political one.”

  • Death & End-of-Life Care

    “The Church teaches that all life is sacred and must be protected, and that a person should ordinarily live until some disease or accident beyond their control takes their lives. But what about the person who is definitely dying, has no possible hope of recovery, and is in pain and costing $6,000 per day to be kept alive? … We’ve always had the principle that there is no obligation to extend a person’s life artificially … I believe that’s one of the changes we have to make.”

  • Homosexuality

    “A number of states now recognize gay marriage, and a sizable number have changed their state constitutions from prohibiting it. In this area, I am at odds with the administrative posture of the Church in the United States.” “The Church is actually saying that if you are gay, you are called to celibacy. Why did they decide that? Not a good choice, in my opinion.”

  • Same-Sex Marriage

    “A number of states now recognize gay marriage, and a sizable number have changed their state constitutions from prohibiting it.” “I personally see no reason why committed homosexual couples should not enjoy the same legal and tax benefits as committed heterosexual couples.”

  • Birth Control

    “ … the application of the Church’s desire for “complete naturalness” has to be evaluated.”

  • Nationalized Healthcare/Obamacare

    “It would be a tremendous step forward in moving our society towards a more just health system … This is progress! Onward through the fog.”

Early Life
Education
Early Career
Fr. McCarthy Sets Out
As the Bishop of Austin