San Diego: protesters to demand reforms from Bishop McElroy

On September 28, Catholics will gather at San Diego Roman Catholic Diocese Pastoral Center to pray and protest

(image from NBC 7 San Diego)

San Diego Catholics plan to hold a peaceful, prayerful protest Friday, Sept. 28, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Roman Catholic Diocese pastoral center, 3888 Paducah Drive, to pray for Bishop Robert McElroy and demand reforms.

The protest is being organized in the wake of the resignation of former Washington, D.C. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick for sexual abuse of a minor and the Pennsylvania grand jury report detailing multiple cases of sexual abuse of minors, the majority of which were homosexual in nature. According to a letter written in 2016 by the late A.W. Richard Sipe, Sipe informed Bishop McElroy of McCarrick’s sexual activities, including the abuse of seminarians. McElroy has evaded admitting that he knew about the contents of Sipe’s letter.

Furthermore, Bishop McElroy disagrees that homosexuality is the primary factor behind the majority of sexual abuse cases. In recent letters to concerned local Catholics, McElroy has stated, “…I do not share your view that homosexuality is the pivotal foundation for this moment of crisis.” Rather, he believes “clericalism” is. His dismissal of the virtue of chastity is also significant: “Many times, our discussions in the life of the church suggest that chastity has a singularly powerful role in determining our moral character or our relationship with God. It does not.”

The principal purpose of the September 28 protest is to pray for and call upon Bishop McElroy to clearly realize and publicly admit that the nature of these Church scandals is homosexual abuse, not clericalism. The secondary purpose is to demand reforms, including that any under his authority who are guilty of engaging in homosexual behavior or who self-identify as “gay” be immediately barred from any public ministry and dismissed from the clerical state.

From Press Release emailed to CalCatholic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Should not priests or religious who have broken their vow of celibacy by engaging in heterosexual behavior also be barred from public ministry?

    • Just this week, we learned that Father Castillo, a Eudist priest, was alleged to have accosted a seminarian here in San Diego. A homosexual predator going after a seminarian. When are we going to get rid of all homosexuals in our Diocese? What will it take people? What about your sons, your good holy priests and the brave men who are seminarians? Will you not protect them from those that attack them???

    • They should Fred. But why bring up the exception to the rule? We are focusing on the root cause of the sexual crimes against boys, male teens, men. It is called Homosexual predation. An intrinsic evil that this Bishop has opened the doors to. Just this week, Father Castillo, a homosexual Eudist priest in San Diego was alleged to have assaulted a seminarian.

    • No. They should go to Confession and receive absolution. Canon law should be obeyed. They have rights too.

  2. I think a better source than ‘press release emailed to…’ would be appropriate. Anyone can write a press release. I’m confident one can readily find Cal Catholics email address.
    Sort of like the typewritten note received over the transom late at night in an old black and white movie.

  3. God bless those who will be at this prayer rally tomorrow – I hope more faithful will follow their lead and do the same in other Dioceses.

    • The protest/prayer rally will be happening on Friday, September 28.

    • Vincent Kelch says:

      I totally agree. Our local auxiliary bishop in Santa Barbara has the same recommendations. The faithful must rise to the occasion and demand investigation and lasting reform-both spiritual and canonical. Deacon Vince

  4. Joan of El Cajon says:

    The primary cause of the Church’s present crisis, made abundantly clear by the 2004 John Jay report and more recently by the Pennsylvania grand jury report, is homosexual predation of sexually-mature young men—NOT pedophilia or heterosexual predation. Cleaning up the male-on-male sodomy first will go a long way toward eliminating other criminal and/or illicit sexual activities.

  5. McElroy evades the real problem—
    “Furthermore, Bishop McElroy disagrees that homosexuality is the primary factor behind the majority of sexual abuse cases. In recent letters to concerned local Catholics, McElroy has stated, “…I do not share your view that homosexuality is the pivotal foundation for this moment of crisis.”

    We must now ask our bishops to say of they are homosexual or homosexualists. Our Catholic Catechism still states that homosex is a a disorder, is immoral.

    When Archbishop Weakland came out as a flaming homosexual with a boyfriend in Palm Springs, he was not laicized. INSTEAD HE WAS ALLOWED TO CONTINUE TO FUNCTION AS A CATHOLIC PRIEST AND THEN HE WROTE HIS SELF GLORIFYING BOOK—-A Pilgrim in a Pilgrim Church…

    • Done Fed Up says:

      Bishop McElroy, answer the question.
      Cardinal Cupich, answer the question.
      Cardinal Tobin, answer the question.
      Cardinal Wuerl, answer the question.
      Cardinal Dolan, answer the question.
      Archbishop Gregory, answer the question.
      Fr. James Martin, LGBTQSJ, answer the question.
      Fr. Antonio Spadaro, answer the question.
      Pope Francis, answer the question.

    • Homosexuality is inherently disordered. (Cathecism of tje Catholic Church).

  6. Joan of El Cajon is absolutely right!!!

    We can not expect the current bishops to address the root of the problem because they have embraced homosex as normal.

  7. If priests had gambling problems and were embezzling and squandering money, the press would be hounding every bishop in the country. But because the scandal and misbehavior concerns homosexuality the press has nothing to say.

  8. God Bless Archbishop Vigano for his bravery against this demonic infestation of homosexuality in our beloved church…The Triune God and Our Holy Mother’s hearts over flow with suffering and sorrow….as their priest sons forget they are shepherds of their flock…and their only job is to save the souls of these sheep…who have no shepherd….to guide them…woe to those who follow & or support this amoral atrocity with their silence & cover-ups and there useless rhetoric….from the demands of the immediate ACTION to remove all sympathizers and accomplices of this perverted evil infestation of homosexuality…SAY IT FOR WHAT IT IS! …remnant faithful, pray for the few good clergy we have left….to take action….not USCCB ‘anti-abuse…

  9. In the report from the Pennsylvania Attorney General, approximately 20% of the cases involved heterosexual activities by priests. If these findings are extrapolated to other dioceses, than approximately 20% of the sexual abuse cases by priests or religious probably involve inappropriate heterosexual activities. I think all priests who are verified abusers, homosexual and heterosexual, should be held to the same standard and dismissed from the priesthood.

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