CWR, Paul Senz: The Most Reverend Bishop Athanasius Schneider was ordained a priest on March 25, 1990 and he was consecrated a bishop at the Altar of the Chair of Saint Peter in Saint Peter’s Basilica, Rome, on June 2, 2006, by Angelo Cardinal Sodano. He has served as the auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Astana, in Kazakhstan, since 2011. He is the General Secretary of the Bishops’ Conference of Kazakhstan and Titular Bishop of Celerina, Switzerland. He is a member of the Canons Regular of the Holy Cross of Coimbra.
Bishop Schneider has long been a strong voice of orthodox Catholic faith, and in recent years has become even more prominent and influential all over the world. In December 2017, Bishop Schneider was a signatory – along with Archbishop Tomash Peta of Astana and Archbishop Jan Pawel Lenga of Karaganda, also in Kazakhstan – of a Profession of the Immutable Truths about Sacramental Marriage, which was an attempt to clarify many questions that arose in the wake of Pope Francis’ post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia.