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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Fraternal invitation to Bishop McElroy and Father Martin

Let's embrace the truth about homosexual inclination that is at the heart of our Church’s teaching

San Diego bishop McElroy recently wrote in defense of Jesuit Fr. James Martin’s work after it became known that Martin was disinvited from several Catholic speaking engagements, in large part due to backlash from multiple Catholic sources expressing concern over Martin’s writing and speaking on homosexuality and the Church. There is a bit of a media firestorm now associated … [Read more...]

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San Diego parish to celebrate “All Our Children” anniversary

Auxiliary Bishop John Dolan will join Father Lucio Castillo at St. John the Evangelist Church to celebrate Mass on 20th anniversary of controversial 1997 pastoral document from USCCB

The following comes from the San Diego LGBT Weekly: San Diego Catholic Diocese Auxiliary Bishop John Dolan and Father Lucio Castillo are about to celebrate a historic Mass at St. John the Evangelist Church on the 20th anniversary of a pastoral document offered in 1997 as an “outstretched hand” from the nation’s bishops to “families of the LGBT community.” “For us as a … [Read more...]

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Bishop Robert McElroy: Racist beliefs and actions are blasphemies against God

San Diego bishop spoke at meeting of interfaith leaders following Charlottesville incident

Denouncing racist beliefs and actions as “blasphemies” against God, Bishop Robert W. McElroy joined with several local interfaith leaders to speak out against bigotry. The San Diego Organizing Project (SDOP) brought together dozens of interfaith leaders, including Bishop McElroy, for a press conference Aug. 18 in the courtyard of St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral. The event was … [Read more...]

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“Most courageous” parish priest plans to leave San Diego

Father Richard Perozich will retire from Immaculate Conception Church and live out the Benedict Option

A veteran clergyman described by an admirer as “the most courageous priest in our San Diego Diocese” warned at his pre-retirement party that although the priority of Christianity is saving souls, he was hearing more from prelates concerned about earthly matters than religious ones. Fr. Richard Perozich gave a farewell talk in early June to about 30 members of Ecclesia Militans … [Read more...]

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Some bishops don’t like proposed federal budget, Obamacare repeal

San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy says Republican proposals are "assault on the core principle of Catholic social teaching”

A handful of bishops offered impassioned pleas for Catholics to take a stand against both a proposed federal budget that critics say guts the social safety net and efforts to replace the Affordable Care Act with a law that could strip health care from millions of poor Americans. “Within two weeks we may see a federal budgetary action with potentially catastrophic effects on … [Read more...]

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