Thomas Rosica

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Thomas Rosica

Chief Executive Officer of Canada's Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation, and English language Media Attaché of the Holy See Press Office
Fr. Thomas Rosica, C.S.B.
Ordination19 April 1986
Personal details
Born (1959-03-03) 3 March 1959 (age 60)
Rochester, New York, US
Alma materSt. John Fisher College, Regis College, Pontifical Biblical Institute, École Biblique et Archéologique Française de Jérusalem

Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., born March 3, 1959 in Rochester, New York, is a Canadian Roman Catholic priest and a Basilian Father. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation, English language media attaché of the Holy See Press Office,[1] author,[2] speaker,[3] and commentator.[4] He was formerly president of Assumption University in Windsor, Ontario, a Roman Catholic institution associated with the University of Windsor.[5]


Rosica has an undergraduate degree in French and Italian from St. John Fisher College, in Pittsford, NY. He entered the Congregation of St. Basil as a novice and studied Theology and Sacred Scripture at Regis College in Toronto. He continued his studies in theology and scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, and then École Biblique et Archéologiaue Française de Jérusalem.[6]

World Youth Day 2002 and Salt + Light Television[edit]

Rosica was appointed by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops as the National Director and Chief Executive Officer of the 17th World Youth Day 2002 in Toronto.[7][8] The theme of the World Youth Day was "You are the salt of the earth... you are the light of the world." Shortly after the World Youth Day, Thomas Rosica was approached by the founder of St. Joseph Communications, Gaetano Gagliano, to run a religious television network. The new television station was named "Salt + Light Television" after the theme of the World Youth Day 2002 and began its broadcast on July 1, 2003 with only two employees.[9]

Conflict with David Domet[edit]

On February 17, 2015 Rosica issued a cease and desist letter against David Domet, of the Catholic blog "Vox Cantoris", accusing Domet of having made false and defamatory statements about Rosica.[10] The document from Folger, Rubinoff LLP, demanded that nine statements, made by Domet, be retracted from the blog with a public apology made to Rosica.[10]

On March 4, 2015 Rosica announced in his blog that his intention was not to sue Domet, but to make him "cease and desist the frivolous calumny".[10] Rosica explained that the legal firm, offering its service pro bono to him, had issued the letter on his behalf, and that he considered the matter "closed".[11]


Rosica was appointed to serve as a media advisor at the Vatican. In 2014 Rodica made regular statements to the press asserting that gay rights were a burning topic of discussion among the delegates to the synod on the family. This baffled the delegates themselves, many of them affirming that homosexuality was barely mentioned among them.[citation needed]

In August 2018, after Pope Francis changed the Catechism of the Catholic Church to condemn capital punishment, Rosica wrote admiringly that the Church is now "openly ruled by an individual rather than by the authority of Scripture alone or even its own dictates of tradition plus Scripture." He added that Francis "breaks Catholic traditions whenever he wants" because he is "free from disordered attachments."[12] These phrases were later shown to have been plagiarized from an anti-Catholic essay criticizing Pope Francis.[13]


In February 2019, conservative website Lifesitenews made accusations of widespread plagiarism against Rosica.[14] Rosica admitted that he passed off the writings of multiple sources as his own for more than a decade.[15] According to him, "he lost track of attributions, and relied on material prepared by interns."[16] Lutheran editor Mathew Block described this "repeated and extensive plagiarism" as "disheartening" and a "breach of confidence".[17]

Rosica stepped down from the governing boards of University of St. Michael's College in Toronto, St. John Fisher College in New York and University of St. Thomas in Houston. At least three academic articles were retracted due to plagiarism.[18]

In March 2019, LifeSiteNews reported that Rosica, who claimed to have earned an "advanced degree" from the École biblique et archéologique française de Jérusalem, had no degree from the school.[19][20]


  1. ^ Atik, Tamar (2013-03-31). "Toronto's man at the Vatican: Father Thomas Rosica". The Toronto Observer. Retrieved 2016-08-31.
  2. ^ "CCCB Publications".
  3. ^ "New York Catholics to Celebrate World Communications Day — DeSales Media Group". 2016-04-25. Retrieved 2016-08-31.
  4. ^ "Stephen Colbert: This Catholic superstar knows how to live his faith". Retrieved 2016-08-31.
  5. ^ Caton, Mary (March 8, 2019). "Assumption University to review Rosica's published works". Windsor Star. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  6. ^ "The Future of Catholic Media: An Interview with Father Thomas Rosica, C.S.B." 2014-07-28. Retrieved 2016-08-31.
  7. ^ "Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops — World Youth Day 2002 in Canada: Comment by the President of the Catholic WYD 2002 Council". Retrieved 2016-08-31.
  8. ^ "Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops — Report of the President: 2000 Plenary Meeting". Retrieved 2016-08-31.
  9. ^ "Let there be (Salt +) Light | Toronto Star". Retrieved 2016-08-31.
  10. ^ a b c San Martín, Inés (March 4, 2015). "Priest who does Vatican PR says he won't sue conservative blogger". Crux. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  11. ^ Rosica, Thomas (March 4, 2015). "A Message from Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB". Salt + Light Television website. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  12. ^ "Vatican adviser: Pope 'breaks Catholic traditions whenever he wants'". The Catholic Herald. August 14, 2018. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  13. ^ Dougherty, Michael V.; Hochschild, Joshua P. (April 15, 2019). "Tracking Father Rosica's (very) long history of plagiarism". National Post. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  14. ^ Cummings McLean, Dorothy (2019-02-15). "In heavily-plagiarized speech, Vatican spokesman accuses Archbishop Viganò of 'lies'". LifeSiteNews. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  15. ^ Flynn, J. D. "Rosica apologizes for plagiarism". Catholic News Agency. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  16. ^ Brean, Joseph (2019-02-23). "'It's wrong': Vatican media advisor admits to 'cut and paste' plagiarism for over a decade | National Post". Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  17. ^ Block, Mathew (2019-02-22). "Opinion: A Vatican spokesman's alleged plagiarism is more than cheating — it's a breach of confidence". National Post. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  18. ^ "Catholic university to review Rosica work for plagiarism". Catholic News Agency. Retrieved 2019-03-12.
  19. ^ Cummings McLean, Dorothy (2019-03-06). "'No formal diploma': Jerusalem college denies Rosica's claim they gave him 'advanced degree'". LifeSiteNews. Retrieved 2019-03-12.
  20. ^ "Catholic university to review Rosica work for plagiarism". Catholic News Agency. Retrieved 2019-03-12.

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