On the hot seat in El Cajon

Crowd peppers San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy with tough questions at "listening session" held at Our Lady of Grace Church

On October 4th, San Diego's Bishop Robert McElroy held the third in a series of eight "listening sessions" that he said would “focus on seeking input from people in the pews" regarding the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church and the actions required to heal from the scandal. A crowd of roughly 300 people filled the parish hall of Our Lady of Grace in El Cajon. The hall … [Read more...]

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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

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 … [Read more...]

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Crossed off the list?

Bishop Robert McElroy had been reported as a frontrunner to succeed Cardinal Donald Wuerl as Archbishop of Washington, D.C., but the San Diego prelate now faces questions regarding accountability and transparency surrounding abuse reports

The Bishop of San Diego has explained why he did not respond to a 2016 letter alleging sexual misconduct on the part of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick and other Catholic clerics.   The letter was sent to Bishop Robert McElroy by psychotherapist Richard Sipe. McElroy has been reported as a frontrunner to succeed Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, DC. Calls in recent weeks … [Read more...]

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“Tendentious distortions of the truth”

San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy attacks Archbishop Viganò, says former papal nuncio to U.S. "consistently subordinates the pursuit of comprehensive truth to partisanship, division and distortion"

The following is from the Diocese of San Diego website: Statement by Bishop McElroy on “testimony” by former Papal Nuncio: “This is a moment when the bishops of our nation, in union with the Holy Father, should be focused solely on comprehensively revealing the truth about the patterns of the sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults by clergy in our Church, so that … [Read more...]

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San Diego bishop announces ‘town hall’ meetings on sex-abuse scandals

Bishop Robert McElroy plans eight meetings in October to get "input from people in the pews"

(The following letter was distributed at this weekend's Masses. ) My brothers and sisters in Christ: I am writing to the entire Catholic community of San Diego and Imperial Counties this week to speak about the unspeakable — the sexual abuse of minors by priests which was detailed in the report of the grand jury in Pennsylvania. The individual stories of abuse that robbed the … [Read more...]

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Bishop Robert McElroy issues statement on death of Richard Sipe

San Diego bishop responds to publication of 2016 letter Sipe wrote to him: "limitations on his willingness to share corroborating information made it impossible to know what was real and what was rumor"

The following is from the Diocese of San Diego website: Dr. Richard Sipe was a controversial but committed advocate on behalf of sex abuse victims and reform in the Catholic Church.  A psychoanalyst and a former priest, his research on the roots of sex abuse in the Church goes back more than 25 years and played an important role in shaping the national conversation and the … [Read more...]

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“The pastoral cannot be eclipsed by doctrine”

Bishop McElroy preaches that pastoral action does not immediately demand a change of life; sinners must first be given love and healing

The following is an excerpt from the keynote address given by Bishop of San Diego Robert McElroy to the United States Association of Priests on June 26, 2018, in Albuquerque, New Mexico: We are living in a wonderful moment in the life of the Church. The authentic renewal of the Second Vatican Council remains the foundation and the challenge for those who seek to deepen the … [Read more...]

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Debate over ‘Faithful Citizenship’ at meeting of U.S. bishops

San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy: 'Faithful Citizenship' “doesn’t reflect the full-bodied teachings of Pope Francis,” document undermines current thinking in the Church "by its tendentious use of ‘intrinsic evil"

What some expected would be a brisk vote turned out to be a lengthy discussion at the USCCB general assembly meeting on Thursday, covering the future of the bishops’ guide to political engagement, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship. At the end of the vigorous discussion, when the bishops eventually voted on the action item June 14 in Ft. Lauderdale, 77 percent … [Read more...]

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San Diego diocese announces program to prevent family separation at the border

Bishop Robert McElroy celebrates June 10 border Mass, along with Auxiliary Bishop John Dolan, to launch the “Footprints of Tenderness” initiative

In response to the Trump administration’s policy that separates children from their parents arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, Bishop Robert McElroy has announced that the diocese of San Diego will launch a program aimed at keeping asylum-seeking families together. During a border mass on Saturday, McElroy said “I think it’s inhumane to deliberately separate mothers from … [Read more...]

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There will be no graphic signs

Bishop Robert McElroy to lead Pro-Life Stations of the Cross in downtown San Diego on Good Friday

If you have never been to the  Good Friday Pro-Life Stations of the Cross in Downtown San Diego, please consider it taking part in the 13th annual event on Good Friday, March 30.  Bishop Robert McElroy will be leading us! Please arrive by 11:45 am at the sidewalk on the east side of St. Joseph Cathedral, at 4th and Beech (note: we do not meet inside the church, which is … [Read more...]

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