Birds of a feather?

San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy will deliver commencement address to University of San Francisco School of Education, receive honorary degree; Xavier Becerra, California's pro-abortion attorney general, will deliver commencement address at School of Law

San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy addresses the U.S. regional meeting of the World Meeting of Popular Movements Feb. 18, in Modesto, Calif. and encouraged people to become “disruptors”. (NCR photo/Brian Roewe)

The University of San Francisco (USF) today announced the lineup of speakers and honorary degree recipients at the university’s eight commencement ceremonies, taking place Thursday, May 18 through Saturday, May 20. Over 2300 graduate and undergraduate students will participate in the ceremonies at St. Ignatius Church on USF’s main campus.

Hailing from the front lines of real estate, medicine, academia, politics and the Catholic Church, commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients include:

School of Education Honorary Degree Recipient and Commencement Speaker:

The Most Reverend Robert W. McElroy, Catholic Bishop of San Diego

Named the sixth bishop of San Diego in 2015, Bishop Robert McElroy has served in parishes throughout California, and was appointed auxiliary bishop of San Francisco (2010-2015) by Pope Benedict XVI. In 2008, he served as the Lo Schiavo Chair in Catholic Social Thought at USF. McElroy is now the vice president of the California Catholic Conference and serves at the national conference of bishops. He is the author of two books: “The Search for an American Public Theology” and “Morality and American Foreign Policy.”

A native San Franciscan, McElroy received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College, and his master’s degree from Stanford University, both in American history. He also holds a licentiate in theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, a doctorate in moral theology from the Gregorian University Rome, and a doctorate in political science from Stanford.

Saturday, May 20, 9 a.m.

School of Law Commencement Speaker:

The Honorable Xavier Becerra, California Attorney General

Attorney General Xavier Becerra has charged pro-life activist David Daleiden with 15 felonies for his investigative work exposing the Planned Parenthood abortion business and its sales of aborted baby parts. Becerra has also received thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from Planned Parenthood.

Prior to being elected as California’s attorney general this year, Xavier Becerra was a member of the United States House of Representatives for California’s 34th congressional district, representing downtown Los Angeles in Congress from 1993 to 2017. Becerra also served as a deputy attorney general in the California Department of Justice from 1987 to 1990, and the California State Assembly from 1990 to 1992.

Born in Sacramento, Becerra is the son of working-class immigrants from Jalisco, Mexico. He attended the University of Salamanca in Salamanca, Spain from 1978 to 1979, and earned his B.A. in economics from Stanford University. He was the first in his family to graduate from college. Becerra received his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1980.


  1. it’s more than ironic that the biggest ‘ disruptor’ in the field of ‘praxis moral theology’ , or rather, lived christianity. has been david daleiden . his work did more than carefully positioned national catholic bishops’ gradualism guidelines have done in quite a while. if anyone lived up to bishop mcelrory’s disruptor challenge, it was he. ‘disruptor’ is one of the key catch words among entrepreneurs and silicon valley elites in the last few years, but can never quite match the new testament terminology, ‘peacemaker’ and the other graced words for ‘movers and shakers’ heard in the beatitudes

  2. Xavier Becerra—-the epitomy of Nancy Pelosi “Catholicism.” The only way the errant politicans can get away with this fraud is that they know the CA Catholic bishops are DEMs first and Catholics second.

  3. Faithful and True says:

    Not impressed.

  4. So the other six speakers are ‘acceptable’ since there is no comment on them in the article?
    I find interesting the positioning of the ‘editorial’ comments about some of Mr. Becerra’s actions while in office are in the photo caption while the ‘factual’ chronology of his background are in the main text.

  5. The “corporate sole” bishops are Marxist agitators now in a white collar. Tell your parish priest that you are fed up and won’t give a dime until the priests rally against the bishop.

  6. It could be a great opportunity for a bishop to proclaim Christ crucified, His love for the world, and salvation for everyone who believes in Jesus, the only name in heaven and earth by which man can be saved. Praised be Jesus Christ now and forever. I pray he do so.

    • Fr. Perozich, the article under your Personal Reflections entitled “Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?” by William Kilpatrick is an excellent one. After having read many years ago the Chronicles of Narnia and given the series to a local public school library, I can say C.S. Lewis was right about the difference between Aslan and Tash. He well understood the dangers of Islam, but he also knew that there were those among the religion who were seeking after the true God and would find Him.

      God bless you in your retirement, and I hope we will still hear from you.

      • Anne T. says:

        I should add that one needs to be careful where one buys the Chronicles of Narnia now. Many of the books at certain secular bookstores now leave out the Christian element. Also, the Monopoly game has been changed. Such Christian elements as St. Charles Place have been taken out. Be careful, also, of books about St. George. The one by “Fr.” Edward Hays is to be avoided as it completely twists the whole story around. I would not buy those items but insist on the original. Michael O’Brien on the “studiObrien” website gives good reviews on children’s books.

  7. The article should be titled “Two Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”.

  8. brother jay, leader of the miami franciascan pro-life community–, has a wonderful call to the hispanic community to not follow the usual disruptive path of mass protests. see the section on the site called ‘bog. scroll down to november 17th, 2016. this particular date the blogis only in spanish. miami has a multinational hispanic community. he addressses them saying ‘ we all come from countries where we gather in the streets and then the leader is toppled, usually to be replaced by almost the same sort of person or worse. he goes on to ask them to use prayer and be gentle in how they…

  9. approach difficult social issues. on the community website, look to the bar on the right and the thrid topic down reads ‘castellano’ once there, it is the first article. best i’ve seen from a catholic leader thus far.

  10. Bob One says:

    I have been too lazy, frankly, to check thoroughly what the Bishop said at the Vatican sponsored meeting of popular movements. I did so yesterday. You can too. Go to San Diego Tribune web site for the full transcript. He really jazzed up the crowd, because I presume, it was the first time they had heard a Bishop expound on the teachings of the Catholic Church and call them to Catholic Action. He used the teachings of past Popes to good advantage and supported the teachings of Pope Francis. Not one word, not one, was spoken that was not part of the teachings of the Magisterium. Agree with him or not, but don’t accuse him of anything but a call to action and a call to salvation through the teachings of the Church.

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