Robert Joseph Hermann
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|His Excellency, The Most Reverend
Robert Joseph Hermann
|Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Saint Louis
Titular Bishop of Zerta
|Church||Roman Catholic Church|
|Appointed||October 16, 2002|
|Installed||December 12, 2002|
|Term ended||December 1, 2010|
|Other posts||Titular Bishop of Zerta|
|Ordination||March 30, 1963
by Joseph Ritter
|Consecration||December 12, 2002
by Justin Francis Rigali, Joseph Fred Naumann, and Timothy Michael Dolan
August 12, 1934 |
|Motto||Fiat voluntas tua|
Robert Joseph Hermann
|Spoken style||Your Excellency|
Hermann was appointed by Pope John Paul II on October 16, 2002, as the Auxiliary Bishop to serve the Archdiocese of Saint Louis. Hermann was consecrated bishop on December 12, 2002, by the previous archbishop of Saint Louis, Justin Rigali. Cardinal Rigali's successor, the immediate past Archbishop of Saint Louis Raymond Leo Burke, who is currently the patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and Cardinal, left the Archdiocese on June 27, 2008.
The Archdiocesan Consultors elected Bishop Hermann Archdiocesan Administrator until April 21, 2009, when Bishop Robert James Carlson of Saginaw, Michigan, was named Archbishop and led the archdiocese as apostolic administrator in concert with Archbishop-elect Carlson until the Archbishop's installation on June 10, 2009. He continued to serve as Auxiliary Bishop until his retirement on December 1, 2010.
Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Hermann represented the Archbishop in overseeing the parishes in five deaneries: Northeast St. Louis County, Northwest St. Louis County, Festus, St. Charles County and Washington. His responsibilities also included Catholic education, stewardship and development, and several other agencies and ministries.
For more than four decades, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Hermann has connected with parishioners as a Pastor. That cherished connection continues today. As an Auxiliary Bishop, he shares in the Archbishop’s responsibility of teaching, sanctifying and governing the faithful of the Archdiocese. As an auxiliary bishop, even in retirement, he has the power to ordain candidates for the presbyterate and for the Diaconate, and to serve as a co-consecrator of a bishop.
- A Word From Bishop Hermann
“There’s nothing I love more than evangelization, especially through homilies during weekday and Sunday Masses. In preparing for the homilies, I reflect on how the Scriptures are calling me to change my life. Only after that reflection can I speak from my heart to others.”—Bishop Robert J. Hermann
- Bishop Hermann's Famous Position on Abortion
Bishop Robert Hermann on Voting as though 'Judgment Day is on its Way'
By Bishop Robert Hermann 10/18/2008 St. Louis Review
The Catholic Church teaches that the issue of life is the most basic issue and must be given priority over the issue of the economy.
ST. LOUIS, Mo (Catholic Online) - The Most Rev. Bishop Robert J. Hermann currently serves as the administrator of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, a Diocese vacated when Archbishop Raymond Burke was named to his Vatican position to preside over the global judicial system of the Catholic Church. On June 27, Pope Benedict XVI appointed me to the office of Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura. This column was entitled "'Judgment Day is on its Way" and was published in the St. Louis Review, the diocesan newspaper. Catholic Online presents this article in our continuing effort to assist our readers and viewers in informing their conscience for the vital task of exercising their "Faithful Citizenship":
Judgment Day is on its Way
"Judgment Day is on its way. We cannot stop it. We don’t know when it will come, but just as surely as the sun rises daily, the Son of Man will come when we least expect.
Judgment Day is on its way. For many, this coming election may very well be judgment day, for this election will measure us. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus tells us in 10:32-33: “Everyone who acknowledges Me before others, I will acknowledge before My heavenly Father. But whoever denies Me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father.”
Judgment Day is on its way. When my time comes, I will be measured by my Savior for the decisions I have made. I will either be acknowledged by Jesus or denied by Him in the presence of our heavenly Father. The question I need to ask myself is this: What kind of witness will I give to Him when I go into the voting booth this election day?
The decision I make in the voting booth will reflect my value system. If I value the good of the economy and my current lifestyle more than I do the right to life itself, then I am in trouble. Pope John Paul II, in his post-synodal apostolic exhortation Christifideles laici tells us: “Above all, the common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of human rights — for example, the right to health, to home, to work, to family, to culture — is false and illusory if the right to life, the most basic and fundamental right and the condition for all other personal rights, is not defended with maximum determination.”
The right of our children to be protected from destruction is greater than my right to a thriving economy. I am living proof of this, since I am here because my parents believed this priority and lived it. My desire for a good economy cannot justify my voting to remove all current restrictions on abortion. My desire to end the war in Iraq cannot justify my voting to remove all current restrictions on abortion.
My parents got married about one year before the stock market crash of 1929, and yet they raised 15 children in the midst of the Great Depression. They had no money. My mother made her own wedding gown and her own bouquet of flowers. I have my parents’ wedding picture on the wall of my office, and I am reminded every day of the sacrifices they made for life.
We had no money, but we had each other! My parents were at home with us for three meals every day. We had plenty to eat because we raised almost all of our food. We seldom got new clothes, but we wore hand-me-downs, unless my mother would buy materials and make our clothes. We lived in poverty, but we learned the value of hard work. We had no running water or electricity. We had no TV, Internet or cell phone. Yet, we were very happy because we had life! We had each other! Today, all 15 children in my family of origin are most grateful for the sacrifices Mom and Dad made so that we could have life. Making sacrifices for each other brought us incredible joy and enhanced our dignity, because it gave us a chance to participate in serving each other!
In an article written by Pope John Paul I, printed in the current issue of Magnificat, the pope reflected on the life of Andrew Carnegie, who wrote: “I was born in poverty ... but I would not exchange the memories of my childhood with those of a millionaire’s children. What do they know of family joys, of the sweet figure of a mother who combines the duties of nurse, washerwoman, cook, teacher, angel and saint?” Does life get any better than this, when gifts of creativity, generosity and faith are nurtured in the midst of poverty? This is the abundant life on this earth, because it is fueled by faith and sacrifice! Perhaps this is not so much poverty as it is faith-filled luxury.
Judgment Day for us is on its way. Those 47 million children our nation destroyed are still living. We have destroyed their bodies, but their souls are still alive. When our Lord comes again, they may very well be there to judge us. Even worse, Jesus tells us that whatever we do to the least of our brethren, we do to Him. We would truly shudder if we heard the words, “I was in your my mother’s womb but you took my life!”
It is quite possible that we might see these children, but, depending upon the choices we have made, we may very well be separated from them by a great chasm which cannot be crossed, much as the rich man who ignored Lazarus, the poor man, during his lifetime here on earth but was separated from him after death. The rich man was in flames, but Lazarus was in the bosom of his heavenly Father.
The Catholic Church teaches, in its catechism, in the works of Pope John Paul II and in the writings of Pope Benedict XVI, that the issue of life is the most basic issue and must be given priority over the issue of the economy, the issue of war or any other issue. These same teachings inform us that when both candidates permit the right to abortion, but unequally so, we must choose to mitigate the evil by choosing the candidate who is less permissive of abortion.
Judgment Day is on its way! I may deny it. I may pretend that it is still far away, I may deny that my actions are sinful, but that will not change God’s judgment of me. The deepest problem with many of our Catholics is that they have become so accustomed to rationalizing away a life of sinful actions so that they seem to be on cruise control, heading in the wrong direction. “If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.”
My goal is not to engage you in some political party way but to engage you with our Savior and His teachings. We need to constantly challenge our accustomed behaviors in the light of the Gospel. We may say that we are following our conscience, but are we informing our consciences with the truth about these issues? Cardinal George Pell of Australia has said that we must follow truth and our conscience, but be steeped in truth so that they be rightly formed.
Perhaps having to face these issues during this coming election can turn out to be a grace that truly awakens our need to learn more about the teachings of the Catholic Church, and then to use the Sacrament of Reconciliation so that we can receive His mercy and bring our behavior into conformity with the mind and heart of Christ. It is not too late to admit our sinfulness and turn to the Lord in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. When we do this, both we and the heavens will be filled with joy!
Judgment Day is on its way. Pray your way into conformity with the teachings of Christ and His Church. Pray the family Rosary daily between now and Election Day so that you may not only make the right choice but also have the courage to discuss these issues with others who may have been misled by our materialistic culture. Include the candidates in your prayer intentions. It is my hope that our discussions will bring all of us to our knees to seek help from above.
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- Born: August 12, 1934, Weingarten, MO
- Parish of Origin: Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, Weingarten, MO
- Priesthood Ordination: March 30, 1963, St. Louis, MO
- Episcopal Appointment: October 16, 2002 by Pope John Paul II
- Episcopal Ordination: December 12, 2002, St. Louis, MO, by Archbishop Justin Rigali
- Master of Arts degree in English, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO, 1966
- Kenrick Seminary, St. Louis, MO, 1963
- Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, Cardinal Glennon College, St. Louis, MO, 1959
- St. Louis Preparatory Seminary, St. Louis, MO, 1955
- Vicar General, Archdiocese of St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, 2002–2008
- Chair, Agency Review Task Force, Archdiocese of St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, 2000–2002
- Dean, Northwest Deanery, Archdiocese of St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, 1996–2002
- Supervisor, Acolyte Internship Program for Kenrick Seminary, St. Louis, MO, 1982–2001
- Director, Catholic Charismatic Renewal, St. Louis, M0, 1979–1982
- Board of Directors, Life Teen
- Pastor, Incarnate Word Parish, Chesterfield, Mo., June 1988-August 2002
- Pastor, St. Andrew Parish, Lemay, Mo., April 1982-June 1988
- Associate Pastor, St. Pius X Parish, Glasgow Village, Mo., May 1979-April 1982
- Associate Pastor (part-time), Most Holy Trinity Parish, St. Louis, Mo., June 1976-May 1979
- Associate Pastor (part-time), Holy Cross Parish, Baden, Mo., October 1972-June 1976 (full-time teacher at St. Louis Preparatory Seminary North)
- Associate Pastor (part-time), Holy Ghost Parish, Berkeley, Mo., May 1968-October 1972 (full-time teacher at St. Louis Preparatory Seminary North
- Assistant Pastor (part-time), St. Cronan Parish, St. Louis, Mo., September 1964-May 1968 (full-time student at Saint Louis University 1964-1966)
- Assistant Pastor (part-time), St. Catherine of Siena, Pagedale, Mo., August 1963-September 1964 (part-time teacher at Mercy High School)
- Assistant Pastor (temporary), Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, Weingarten, Mo., May 1963-August 1963}
- Teacher, St. Louis Preparatory Seminary North, August 1967 – 1979
- Teacher, DeAndreas High School, St. Louis, Mo., 1966–1967
- Part-time teacher, Mercy High School, St. Louis, Mo., 1963–1964
- "Bishop Robert Joseph Hermann". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved 23 January 2015.[self-published source]
- "The Most Reverend Robert J. Hermann | Archdiocese of St. Louis". Archstl.org. Retrieved 2012-09-08.
- Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis Official Site
- Bishop Hermann's Archdiocesan Profile
- USCCB Bishops Directory
|Catholic Church titles|
|Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis
|Chair, Agency Review Task Force, St Louis
|Dean, Northwest Deanery, St Louis
Rev. John J. Leykam VF
|Supervisor, Acolyte Internship Program
for Kenrick Seminary
|Director, Catholic Charismatic Renewal