Bishop McElroy: ‘You might be a bigot if…’

Leader says Catholics should not criticize Islam
San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy, left, shares a stage at interfaith conference with Sayyid Syeed of the Islamic Society of North America, which was founded by agents of the Muslim Brotherhood. (photo from WND article)

San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy, left, shares a stage at interfaith conference with Sayyid Syeed of the Islamic Society of North America, which was founded by agents of the Muslim Brotherhood. (photo from WND article)

The following comes from a February 24 WND article by Leo Hohmann:

A Catholic bishop sat on a stage with a Muslim Brotherhood-linked imam and implored Catholics not to join their fellow Americans who engage in “the scourge of anti-Islamic prejudice” and “bigotry.”

San Diego Bishop Robert W. McElroy made the statement during a recent interfaith conference while alongside Sayyid Sayeed, a leader of the Islamic Society of North America, or ISNA.

“We are witnessing in the United States a new nativism, which the American Catholic community must reject and label for the religious bigotry which it is,” the bishop said Feb. 17 at the University of San Diego’s Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice.

The event was part of the first national Catholic-Muslim dialogue held at the university.

ISNA, which represented U.S. Muslims at the conference, is a front for the Muslim Brotherhood, as documented in court records filed during the Holy Land Foundation terror-financing trial of 2008 in Dallas. The Brotherhood is considered an extreme Islamist organization by many countries including Egypt, where it was founded in the 1920s.

Sayyid Syeed, director of ISNA’s Office for Interfaith and Community Alliances, spoke glowingly of new bridges being built between the world’s various faith communities.

“This is the shape of a new millennium of alliance-building for common values of mutual respect and recognition,” Syeed said. “All faiths are striving to promote those divine values enshrined in our sacred texts and scriptures, so that those who exploit them for reinforcing hate, extremism, violence and instability are identified as the enemies of all faiths.”

Bishop McElroy said U.S. Catholics should reject the “repeated falsehoods” that Islam is inherently violent, that Muslims seek to supplant the U.S. Constitution with Shariah law, and that Muslim immigration threatens “the cultural identity of the American people,” reported the Catholic News Service.

Such claims, he said, smack of the anti-Catholic bigotry that was once prevalent in the United States.

The Catholic bishops will resettle 30 percent of the 85,000 foreign refugees President Obama has pledged to bring to the U.S. this year, and the government will pay them $1,950 per head for their services.

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  1. I find it more than curious that neither the photo caption nor the article identify the woman in the center of the photo. Female, and therefore, just a non entity?

  2. So we are not to say that we find a man (Muhammed) who was over fifty years old marrying and consummating that marriage to a ten-year-old (Aisha) disgusting? Sorry but I find that disgusting in any era. Especially when the average Jewish and Christian girl got married at fourteen, twelve at least, at that time when life spans were short. In this day and age a fifty-year-old man marrying a ten-year-old is utterly disgusting as it was then, and they still do it in many countries that are under Sharia Law.

    • …perhaps that will be the next push to lower the age of consent, Anne T. Don’t be a “bigot”.

      Pretending that it isn’t nice to call out error as error is to be bigoted against Truth and to fear losing one’s place.

      There’s no inter-Faith discussion going on here folks, rather it is a Rodney King seminar of why-can’t-we-all-just-get-along while the Catholic hierarchy, under the auspices of Heaven on Earth, tosses a tarp over that bothersome man called Jesus.

      • My fault, Anne Malley, is that I have never been very good at flattery or pretense. (Lots of laughs.) Also, when I was about eleven years old, a man who was about thirty to mdi thrity tried to molest me, and a very wise eleven or twelve year old boy got me out of the situation unscathed. His parents had bought him up well. I had a girl cousin and know others who had similar experiences, so I do know such things happen.

  3. the muslim brotherhood has been killing coptic christians in egypt. its radical muslim perspective has also put great stress on other egyptian muslims who are not experiencing happy dialogues . if only some who have taken the brunt of islam in action, such as the chaldean catholic refugees, could have been present to present and share their experiences from the ground floor.

  4. for a fact-filled database on the muslim brotherhood, see counterjihadreport.com . on its homepage topbar note ‘history of the muslim brotherhood’ for a well-written overview of groth and objectives. they have been instrumental in slaughtering syrian christians as well.

  5. correction; not ‘history of the muslim brotherhood;, rather ‘muslim brotherhood penetration of the u s government’, containg therein a nice history of the m b.

  6. Hey Bishop – Forget the interfaith thing and lead your Catholic flock. They are your first charge and you owe that to them. If you can’t, or have lost your faith, by all means quit, retire, go away, for the sake of your soul and theirs.

  7. ” Poll of U.S. Muslims Reveals Ominous Levels Of Support For Islamic Supremacists’ Doctrine of Shariah, Jihad ”
    http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/2015/06/23/nationwide-poll-of-us-muslims-shows-thousands-support-shariah-jihad/
    25% agreed that violence against Americans here in the United States is justified as a part of the global jihad
    51% of those polled, “agreed that Muslims in America should have the choice of being governed according to Shariah Law other than US Law.
    ( PEW also has a similar poll.)

  8. Does the Bishop deny that the following are part of the Islamic Faith:
    1) The Muslim Faith is a “political” movement as well as religious;
    2) ISIS (aka ISIL) stands for ISLAMIC STATE;
    3) CALIPHATE is: the political-religious state comprising the Muslim community and the lands and peoples under its dominion;
    4) SHARIA LAW is the basic Islamic legal system derived from the religious precepts of Islam, particularly the Quran and the Hadith;
    5) JIHAD is a holy war waged on behalf of Islam as a religious duty;
    6) Taqiyya and kitman is lying to infidels (non-Muslims) to attain ones goals ?

  9. ” The Catholic bishops will resettle 30 percent of the 85,000 foreign refugees President Obama has pledged to bring to the U.S. this year, and the government will pay them $1,950 per head for their services. ”

    Over 97% of these are Muslims.
    And the FBI has stated that they can not adequately vet these people to find out which ones are terrorists.

    FOLLOW the MONEY.

  10. Tony de New York says:

    While that goes on in San Diego, in countries with majority of Muslims, CHRISTIANS are persecuted, tortured, women are raped, force to marry and killed.

  11. It’s all about the MONEY.

    The USCCB and their Catholic Charities will be resettling 25,500 refugees at $1,950 per head.
    This equals $ 49,725,000 ($ 49.7 MILLION) of our tax dollars.

    Further 97% of these will be Muslims – 25,000 Muslims.

  12. USCCB is doing Obama’s agenda via the –
    ” White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships “.
    They may not use government funds to support religious activities such as prayer, worship, religious instruction, or proselytization.
    FBOs cannot discriminate on the basis of religion when providing services.

    When is the USCCB’s – Catholic Charities, CCHD, and CRS – going to stop taking our tax dollars to do Obama’s work ?
    Whatever happened to Saving Souls ?

  13. Since the bishop did not do it, I praise the Christians who believe in Jesus Christ, who worship Him each week, who practice mercy, who live the sacraments, who reject the secularism’s pressure to conform, who try to live chastely, who believe in life from conception to death, who promote marriage between man and woman, who see themselves as sinner and saint and others as well, who invite all to their parish to join them in conversion to Jesus and His law, who reject other religions as equal to faith in Jesus, who respect other people in the religious beliefs where they are, but love them so much that they try to give them Jesus at the same time. God bless you my fellow Catholics. Fr. Richard Perozich, spp (simple parish priest)

  14. as they took a break during commercials, sayeed leaned over and said “thanks for going along with my views on that unislamic catholic voter guide business. we need you where you are. by the way, did youy order your Hajj robe be yet? there’s still time to fit this in during lent and be back for your duties in america”. arabic speakers in the audience were pleasantly surprised to hear media-savvy barron’s perfectly fluent arabic answer, ‘yes, praise allah, my staff thinks it’s just another unusual alb from Holy Rood in Spencer.

  15. Adding to Anne’s comment; what about the Islamic community? Why is this leader NOT speaking to muslims regarding their derogatory behaviors in the U.S.? Will we be seeing a “new” religion of Islam; they will call themselves Muslims for Christ?

  16. Bishop McElroy has allowed himself to be manipulated. As penance let him serve as Bishop in Syria or a year.

  17. Bob Bugiada says:

    Bishop McElroy need to take some time and read the Koran. He also needs to surround himself with people who choose not to keep their heads in the sand. Wanting to believe everything’s OK with Islam does not make it so.

    • Bob, he is an expert in Islam. He has never said “everything is OK with Islam”, as you claim he said,anymore than the Pope would claim that everything is OK with Catholics mafia and all,. I don’t even know any Moslems who would say that. What he is saying is that discrimination against all Muslims is similar to discrimination against all Catholics. And those of you who want to keep all Muslims out of our country and out of our civic life are just as extreme as the anti-Catholic voices have been throughout time. Think rabidly anti-Catholic KKK, etc. That is what some people look like.

      • No, he is not an expert in Islam

      • ….and yet discriminating against the tenets of Islam is not the same as discriminating against the people who hold such beliefs, Anonymous. To conflate the two ad nauseum is absurd.

        The approach of redefining Islam by constantly repeating that Islam is a religion of peace is similarly disturbing. If it were working, maybe there would be something to it. The truth is that the truth will always out.

        Islam is not a religion of peace. Much like saying polio is a disease of simple bed rest is not going to help long term.

        • Steve Phoenix says:

          Ann Malley, you are familiar with this prayer, I know: “Act of Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus”, Leo XIII (1893), Pius XI (Quas Primas, Dec. 11, 1925): (excerpt)

          “Be Thou King of all those who are still involved in the darkness of idolatry or of Islamism, and refuse not to draw them into the light and kingdom of God. ”

          I am afraid Bp. McElroy is not reciting it weekly on Fridays anymore. I wonder why.

          • Ann Malley says:

            …the Church is being delivered over in imitation of Her Spouse, Steve. I know that must be and yet I still can’t get over the spectacle.

  18. Steve Phoenix says:

    Yes, Gabriel Espinoza, well-stated: when a blade threatens a McElroy, he may then (maybe not) awaken to the meaning of true “Muslim Brotherhood”: the question is how many necks will that blade have hacked through before his own existential well-being is sufficiently threatened to force that metanoia.

  19. “…Bishop McElroy said U.S. Catholics should reject the “repeated falsehoods” that Islam is inherently violent, that Muslims seek to supplant the U.S. Constitution with Shariah law, and that Muslim immigration threatens “the cultural identity of the American people,” reported the Catholic News Service.”

    Is this the deal you cut, Your Excellency? The “repeated falsehoods” are statements that negate the teachings of the Koran and exemplified by the “prophet” Mohammed.

  20. John Feeney says:

    Things keep getting curiouser and curiouser in the modern Catholic Church!

  21. Would an exorcist ever sit there smiling and relaxing with a leg crossed and then invite the devil to a group hug church picnic during an exorcism? Please read Ephesians 6:12! Seven important things are obviously missing.The seven Latin terms are then:

    sapientia
    intellectus
    consilium
    fortitudo
    scientia
    pietas
    timor Domini.

  22. Where in the Gospel does the Lord say to go forth and hold interfaith meetings? This bishop is failing at his sacred duty to propagate the Catholic faith. Islam is a wicked sect that has duped many since its invention by Mohammed in the 6th century. It is purely a work of PRIVATE revelation. There was no miracles, no heralding of Mohammed in the Old Testament, as it did herald the coming of Our Lord Jesus.

  23. I guess His Excellency Bp. McElroy would call bigoted the saints who rightly condemned Islam for what it is; the work of satan.

    http://www.onepeterfive.com/what-did-the-saints-say-about-islam/

  24. Christ Himself was a bit bigoted when he was approached by the Samaritan woman. He also could have been when another Samaritan woman asked that her son be cured, and Christ answered by saying that food should not be given to dogs. We hear much about bigotry today, but make one thing very clear: neither Moslems nor Jews are friendly towards Catholicism. While we must not hate them, it is better if we have little or no dealings with them if possible. They are a danger to our faith.

    • Pilar – I don’t have a lot of experience with Muslims but since high school, lot of my close friends have been Jewish. They’v come to our family’s baptisims, first communions, weddings and funerals always being respectful of our faith if not sharing it Talk to your priest. I suspect he’ll tell you differently.

  25. Thanks for identifying Professor Carpenter.

  26. Steve Phoenix says:

    We dedicate the following to you Bp. McElroy, from the prayer “Act of Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus”, Leo XIII (1893), Pius XI (Quas Primas, Dec. 11, 1925): it has long been taped on our frig at home:

    “Be Thou King of all those who are still involved in the darkness of idolatry or of Islamism, and refuse not to draw them into the light and kingdom of God. ”

    “Turn Thine eyes of mercy towards the children of the race, once Thy chosen people: of old they called down upon themselves the Blood of the Savior; may it now descend upon them a laver of redemption and of life.”

    I can hear John Feeney right now: “This would never have happened in 1957.”

  27. in the earlier days of liberation theology there was a tendency for left-leaning clergy to go native and join guerrilla movements. the most extreme example that i remember was the case of fr camilo torres, killed in a shoot-out with the columbian government. mr syeed was chosen for his PR work for islam for his media skills. i just hope we don’t find bishop mcelroy making headlines for pro-isis daring-do adventures, or making pro-isis videos. the muslim brotherhood is a maor supporter of isis. turn back, o bishop, from the crescent to the cross and ashes of lent!

  28. FOLLOW the MONEY $ $$,$$$,$$$.

    The USCCB and their Catholic Charities will be resettling 25,500 refugees at $1,950 per head.
    This equals $ 49,725,000 ($ 49.7 MILLION) of our tax dollars.

    97% of these will be Muslims who can not be vetted.

  29. Perhaps he is preparing Muslims for the reception of the gospel, so that they know God as He truly is.

    • Your Fellow Catholic says:

      This is a more charitable read of the Bishop’s remarks than most of the others in this comments section, imho. Thank you.

      • YFC, A soft and velvety feeling cushion that is placed right at the edge of a cliff will long be forgotten when the persons are falling into the deep abyss. You are the perfect example of an individual who is enabled by cushy ambiguities.

        You have to believe and accept all of the teachings of the Church before you can impart them. You cannot lead others to Christ through moral relativism. You will only lead them down the broad road that joins in solidarity with Intrinsic Evils

        We Don’t Do Solidarity with Intrinsic Evils
        https://onemadmomblog.wordpress.com/2016/02/11/we-dont-do-solidarity-with-intrinsic-evils/

    • Well, we might asked Servant of God Bishop Fulton Sheen for his intercession on that one since he said Our Lady of Fatima might be involved in leading Muslims to Christ. We better pray hard.

  30. The bishop should read what Saint John Bosco wrote about Islam. The Italian saint was not afraid to call a spade a spade, and to let it be known that Moslems are not nice people.

  31. anonymous, it seems that 1,950 a head is a bargain basement price. if you had to come to los angeles starting rom scratch. with little hope of employment for at least a few months, i don’t see food and rent costs being well covered by this. the new food stamp guidelines are quite less than generous, and that’s for those already citizens. i doubt new immigrants will finda well-laden table.

  32. Tell your story to the Christians of Mosul..”your eminence”…

  33. TheVeiledThreat says:

    “We are witnessing at Lepanto a new nativism, which the world Catholic community must reject and label for the religious bigotry which it is,” Pope St. Pius V never said…

    • Hosemonkey says:

      Lepanto drove Islam back from whence it came. Now it is re-emerging, aided by those who have no knowledge of history.

  34. Hosemonkey says:

    Islam has been the enemy of the Church since the beginning, what could persuade the good Bishop to believe otherwise? Or is he simply a ” useful idiot?”

  35. CH, I did not write that we should hate Jews or Moslems, but that we should be careful about our dealings with them if we want to maintain our Catholic identity. I knew an elderly lady who lived in an apartment complex that was almost entirely Jewish. Slowly but surely the lady began to use more Jewish terms, and she began to partially observe Jewish feasts. While she remained a Catholic, I believe her faith was weakened. Recall: birds of a feather, flock together.

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