Bishop McElroy, spokesman for the disruptive church

"If Church leaders embrace this kind of politically driven radicalism, we are in deep trouble"

In 1970, I took part in an early anti-abortion protest in Washington D.C. at George Washington University Hospital. It was intended to be a sit-in at the offices where hospital employees interviewed women seeking abortions. The hospital was violating the laws of the District of Columbia, which back then still prohibited abortion. But abortions were being performed at the … [Read more...]

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Bishop Robert McElroy preaches progressivism

At the World Meeting of Popular Movements in Modesto, San Diego bishop makes call for lay Catholics to "disrupt"

On February 18, Bishop Robert W. McElroy of San Diego delivered a speech at the U.S. Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements during a panel discussion on the barriers marginalized people face in housing and work. The following are excerpts: Global Warming skepticism fueled by conspiring forces (just like like tobacco companies) One of the most striking elements of … [Read more...]

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What is the Catholic response to the rise of nationalism?

San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy, writing in America magazine: nativist element of our culture must be purged from the national debate

As a new administration and Congress begin, the merger of populism and nationalism at work in the cultural and political currents of the United States compels us to explore deeply the nature of both nationalism and patriotism and to evaluate them in the light of our identity as disciples of Jesus Christ. The recent election campaign was deeply marred by exclusionary rhetoric … [Read more...]

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San Diego bishop calls for federal parental notification law

Bishop Robert McElroy: "We have tried that in our state time after time and failed. Federal legislation can achieve that for us."

San Diego Catholic Bishop Robert McElroy delivered the following comments at the Fifth Annual San Diego Walk for Life, at Balboa Park, before an estimated 3,000 participants: “It is a great joy to join with you all here today because what we’re doing is the work of God. What we’re doing is witnessing the Gospel of Jesus Christ in this great nation. What we’re doing is honoring … [Read more...]

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The Reform of the Reformation?

San Diego’s Bishop McElroy opens King Henry VIII’s cause for canonization, citing need for “a patron of divorced and remarried Catholics”

The following piece is satire. SAINT JOSEPH’S CATHEDRAL, SAN DIEGO — Bishop McElroy was beaming during a recent convocation of San Diego’s priests and administrators. He had gathered his flock to announce that the inexorable logic of divine grace was about to produce a progressive reintegration: the canonization of England’s King Henry VIII, who famously broke with the … [Read more...]

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Will only Catholics get the satire?

Hell is Hot, Heaven is Not - new curriculum in San Diego

In the December 15 issue of the San Diego Reader, an "almost factual" story appears headlined “McElroy’s Mission: Local bishop seeks to raise environmental awareness among the faithful. The satirical piece begins, “San Diego’s Roman Catholic bishop Robert McElroy has said that he regards abortion and global warming as the two most crucial issues facing his bishopric. But … [Read more...]

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