Bishop McElroy: Catholics should focus on ‘deep-level conscience formation’

San Diego bishop gave second Cardinal Bernardin Common Cause Lecture at Loyola University in Chicago last week, favors "affective and inspiring" over "cognitive and exhortational"

San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy called last week for the U.S. bishops to shift from focusing on Catholic principles and moral issues in the political arena to a “deep-level conscience formation” inspired by Pope Francis. “As bishops, we tend to teach from principles and moral norms,” McElroy said. “Our approach is cognitive and exhortational, not affective and … [Read more...]

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“This is not a war zone”

San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy joins fellow bishops with dioceses along U.S.-Mexico border in statement regarding deployment of National Guard

In response to announcements regarding deploying the U.S. National Guard to the U.S./Mexico Border, the U.S. Catholic Bishops of the U.S.-Mexico Border, including San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy, issued the following statement:  “We are deeply concerned by the announcement that the National Guard will be deployed on the U.S./Mexico Border. The continued militarization of the … [Read more...]

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“Ineffective and grotesque”

Bishop Robert McElroy issues statement on border wall on occasion of President Trump's visit to border

The Most Rev. Robert McElroy, Roman Catholic Bishop of San Diego, released the following statement in reaction to President Donald Trump’s visit to San Diego to tour prototypes of the proposed new border wall: “It is a sad day for our country when we trade the majestic, hope-filled symbolism of the Statue of Liberty for an ineffective and grotesque wall which both displays … [Read more...]

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McElroy explains “the dung of the devil”

San Diego bishop cites Pope Francis' views on capitalism: free markets no less dangerous than statist dictatorships

“A Pope Francis Lexicon” is a new volume collecting 54 essays by a range of prominent figures on the different words that have become important in the ministry of Pope Francis. Available now in the U.S. from Liturgical Press, the volume is introduced with a foreword from Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and a preface from Boston Cardinal Seán O’Malley. The volume is co-edited … [Read more...]

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San Diego diocese gets first woman chancellor

Bishop Robert McElroy appoints María Olivia Galván to replace Rodrigo Valdivia, who was named Vice-Moderator of the Curia; appointment follows a trend of the Church embracing more women in leadership roles

In a groundbreaking decision, San Diego Catholic Bishop Robert W. McElroy appointed María Olivia (Marioly) Galván as the diocese’s first woman chancellor. In addition, she will serve in a new position, director of Pastoral Ministries, overseeing and supporting seven departments. The offices are the Diocesan Institute, Family Life and Spirituality, Liturgy and Spirituality, … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Cupich launches Amoris Laetitia seminars for US bishops

San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy among presenters for conference planned at Santa Clara University, other sites include Boston College and University of Notre Dame

The Archbishop of Chicago has invited some U.S. bishops to a series of conferences on the 2016 apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. The seminars will be held at three Catholic colleges later this month. According to a letter obtained by Catholic News Agency, the meetings, dubbed “New Momentum Conferences on Amoris Laetitia,” are designed to offer a “tailor-made program that … [Read more...]

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6th annual San Diego Walk for Life

Bishops McElroy and Dolan among scheduled speakers

Each year San Diego Walk for Life draws together a group of speakers and a lineup of pro-life exhibitors for an event that allows participants to celebrate life, and to pray for an end to abortion. Held 8:30 am-noon Jan. 20 at Balboa Park (at 6th and Laurel), the San Diego Walk for Life will feature live entertainment in English and Spanish by Emmaus Blvd., and there will be … [Read more...]

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San Diego bishop says gun control is a social justice issue

Bishop Robert McElroy: “The notion that to restrict automatic and semi-automatic weapons is a restriction on personal rights that should be given to society, to me, seems unacceptable”

Gun control is a social justice issue of concern to America’s Catholic bishops, according to Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego, who was recently at a Vatican conference to talk about the contributions the Catholic Church can make regarding nuclear disarmament. “One of the problems is the organized opposition to gun control, taking the position that any limitation against guns … [Read more...]

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On the lowly, yet vital, importance of chastity

A thoughtful and charitable response to Bp. McElroy's recent remarks about the role of chastity in the life of Catholics

The reader likely needs no introduction to the recent uproar in Catholic media regarding the rescinding of various speaking engagements previously granted to Fr. James Martin, SJ. Those particular waters are so contentious that I think little good is done wading into them. Let us pray for unity in the Church and, without currently ascribing any blame to any parties involved, … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis’ approach to appointing bishops

Persistent rumor says that Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego might be at the top of the list to replace Cardinal Donald Wuerl in Washington, D.C.

Among the most lasting aspects of a Pope’s leadership is his appointment of bishops. To understand a Pope, it’s important to understand how he makes decisions about episcopal leadership. With that in mind, Pope Francis’ approach to the selection and appointment of bishops is worth considering. When diocesan and auxiliary bishops turn 75 years old, they are required to submit … [Read more...]

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