Bishop McElroy denies gay subculture among San Diego priests – and a response

Pastoral reflections on the listening sessions

The following comes from a Jan. 14 story in the Times of San Diego by Chris Stone. Despite voiced parishioner concerns, San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy denies that a gay subculture exists among diocesean priests or seminarians — men studying to be Roman Catholic priests. Writing in the January issue of the diocesan newspaper The Southern Cross, McElroy says he agrees that … [Read more...]

Crisis in the pews

San Diego Catholics shaken by abuse revelations, cover-ups; "listening sessions" with bishop expose anger, division, distrust

Mary Josweg is a 21st century Catholic, but she sounds an awful lot like the 16th century Protestant reformer Martin Luther. “The church needs to get cleansed,” said Josweg, 69, a parishioner at St. Patrick’s in Carlsbad. “I believe in Jesus as the son of God and Creator of the world — I happen to be Catholic. But the organization that I belong to is totally corrupt.” Josweg … [Read more...]

Embattled pastoral associate at San Diego parish submits resignation

Aaron Bianco, who had been the target of criticism for his apparent homosexual lifestyle and support for gay causes, submitted his resignation to Bishop Robert McElroy on Oct. 18

The pastoral associate of a San Diego parish in the heart of the city's well-known gay-friendly Hillcrest neighborhood has submitted his resignation "out of fear for my family and myself." In an Oct. 19 email to friends and associates, Aaron Bianco, who submitted his resignation to Bishop Robert McElroy, said he had "endured physical and emotional violence from groups like … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

McElroy fudges with parish bulletins

Will the laity ask about the Vigano letter? List of October meetings

Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego is now famous for being mentioned in context of the special treatment of sexual predator Cardinal Theodore McCarrick by former papal nuncio Carlo Maria Vigano, "The appointment of McElroy in San Diego was also orchestrated from above, with an encrypted peremptory order to me as Nuncio, by Cardinal Parolin: “Reserve the See of San Diego for … [Read more...]

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...]

“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...]

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...]

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...]