Bishop Michael Burbidge

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Bishop Michael Burbidge of Arlington and Bishop Barry Knestout of Richmond.

Virginia bishops warn of ‘deadly harm’ in new assisted suicide bill

Feb 7, 2024

By Peter Pinedo

The bishops’ statement called Virginia’s “Death with Dignity” bill being considered by the state Legislature a “lethal measure” that could... Read more

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U.S. bishops back 15-week abortion ban as ‘positive step’ forward

Nov 7, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

Arlington Bishop Michael Burbidge also emphasized that the Church urges that the government protect preborn children from the moment of... Read more

Sister Thea Bowman (Courtesy of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration) and Venerable Augustus Tolton

Arlington bishop: ‘Reflect on faithful witness’ during Black Catholic History Month

Nov 6, 2023

By Daniel Payne

Bishop Michael Burbidge said the month, observed in November, is “an important time” time to review the roles Black Catholics... Read more

Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, speaks at Philadelphia’s Eucharistic Congress on Sept. 30, 2023. 

Be joyful, the Eucharist is not just a metaphor, Bishop Burbidge says

Oct 3, 2023

By Daniel Payne

At the opening Mass of Philadelphia’s Eucharistic Congress, Burbidge said a “common error” is that “some people mistakenly see the... Read more

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U.S. bishops urge ‘radical solidarity’ with mothers for Respect Life Month

Sep 19, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

Arlington Bishop Michael Burbidge defined “radical solidarity” as “putting our love for [mothers] into action and putting their needs before... Read more

Bishop Michael Burbidge of Arlington, Va.

Bishops protest Biden administration’s addition of abortion to pregnant workers protections

Aug 9, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

The U.S. bishops initially supported the bill but is now accusing the EEOC of distorting the law. Read more

Bishop Michael Burbidge of Arlington, Virginia, at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ fall plenary assembly in Baltimore, Nov. 16, 2022.

‘We have much to celebrate’: USCCB pro-life chair releases Dobbs anniversary statement

Jun 6, 2023

By Tina Dennelly

Bishop Michael Burbidge released a statement June 6 ahead of the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn... Read more

Veteran Affairs health clinic in Eugene, Oregon.

U.S. bishops: Senate vote keeping abortion in veteran health benefits is a ‘gross failure’

Apr 20, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

The bishops said it is “inhumane” to provide taxpayer-funded abortion as “a so-called solution to pregnancy.” Read more

President Joe Biden responds to a question from EWTN's Owen Jensen about the Catholic bishops' position on federal funding of abortion.

Biden claims the pope and some bishops are open to taxpayer funded abortion

Feb 1, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

President Joe Biden this week claimed that Pope Francis and some bishops are not on board with the USCCB’s statement... Read more

Bishop Michael Burbidge of Arlington, Virginia, at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ fall plenary assembly in Baltimore, Nov. 16, 2022.

U.S. bishops urge Congress to pass No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

Jan 30, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

Bishop Michael Burbidge issued a letter Friday to House and Senate leaders supporting the legislation to permanently ban taxpayer funding... Read more

Sarah Achenbach (center left) and Heather Kramer (center right) traveled with other pilgrims from a pro-life Wisconsin group to the Vigil Mass for Life on Jan. 19, 2023, celebrated by Bishop Michael Burbidge of Arlington, Virginia, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

Focus on ‘changing hearts,’ Bishop Burbidge tells packed post-Roe Vigil Mass for Life

Jan 20, 2023

By Lauretta Brown

The first post-Roe Vigil for Life Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington,... Read more

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Catholic bishops’ pro-life chair applauds passage of ‘Born-Alive’ Act

Jan 12, 2023

By Katie Yoder

“We commend the House of Representatives for passing legislation to protect innocent children from infanticide,” Bishop Michael Burbidge of Arlington... Read more

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Catholic bishops condemn Biden administration’s new policy on abortion pills

Jan 9, 2023

By Katie Yoder

The U.S. Catholic bishops are challenging the Biden administration after the FDA announced for the first time that pharmacies can... Read more

Bishop Michael Burbidge of Arlington, Virginia, at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ fall plenary assembly in Baltimore, Nov. 16, 2022.

Meet the U.S. Catholic bishops’ new pro-life chair

Nov 20, 2022

By Katie Yoder

Bishop Michael Burbidge of Arlington, Virginia, is a longtime advocate for the unborn. Read more

The U.S. bishops met in Baltimore for their annual fall general assembly on Nov. 14-17, 2022.

9 key things the U.S. bishops did at their fall meeting in Baltimore

Nov 18, 2022

By Zelda Caldwell

Here’s a summary of key actions taken at the U.S.Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) fall plenary assembly. Read more

Bishops Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend (left), Michael Burbidge of Arlington (center), and Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City (right)

Bishops elect Burbidge pro-life chair; other votes signal no dramatic policy shifts

Nov 16, 2022

By Shannon Mullen, Katie Yoder

Bishop Michael Burbidge of Arlington, Virginia, was elected chair of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee Wednesday. Read more

In commemoration of All Souls' Day, Arlington Bishop Michael Burbidge celebrated Mass at a Fairfax cemetery and blessed the gravesites of the priests buried there on Nov. 2, 2022.

At All Souls’ Day Mass, Arlington bishop implores prayers for the faithful departed

Nov 2, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

The Mass, attended by about 750 people, was followed by Bishop Michael Burbidge's blessing of the gravesites of deceased priests. Read more

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Former Arlington director of child protection office acquitted on sexual battery charge

Oct 10, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

The Diocese of Arlington, Virgina’s former director for the Office of Child Protection, Father Terry Specht, was found not guilty... Read more

A Traditional Latin Mass.

Arlington bishop offers path forward after implementing Traditional Latin Mass restrictions

Aug 17, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

Effective September 8, Burbidge’s directives allow eight parishes to continue offering the Traditional Latin Mass. But only three of those... Read more

A Traditional Latin Mass.

Arlington bishop curtails Traditional Latin Masses

Jul 30, 2022

By Shannon Mullen

Thirteen parishes must stop offering Traditional Latin Masses come Sept. 8. Read more