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California Catholics Apologize to the Faithful for Bishop McElroy

No, seriously. We’re sorry you have to be subjected to the ravings of a madman. We’ve been putting up with him for a long time. We know. Feel our pain. There may be one but I can’t think of a worse bishop in California.

So, in case you haven’t heard, here’s his latest installment of the lunacy. Again, so sorry. It’s like someone sent Cardinal Cupich out to make the pitch and when that flopped they sent out the water boy.

Abandoning the Paris Climate Accords, the bishop said, “is a far greater moral evil” than federal health centers providing contraceptive devices

By PETER ROWE

FEB. 6, 2020 6:45 PM

SAN DIEGO —  With California’s presidential primaries less than a month away, what are voters’ moral responsibilities?

Catholics, insisted Bishop Robert W. McElroy, head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego, cannot be single-issue voters, focused exclusively on abortion, say, or climate change, immigration, religious liberty or poverty.

Red-herring.  Nobody is a single-issue voter. We prioritize as we ought.

Also important, the bishop insisted: the personalities of candidates. He urged voters to examine politicians’ character, intelligence and even political abilities.

Are we really supposed to think he’s not talking about Trump here? No partisanship here.

“It does little good to elect a saint who echoes Catholic social teaching on every issue,” he said, “if that candidate does not have the competence to carry out his duties effectively and thereby enhance the common good.”

Oy. Hello??? That’s part and parcel of why we have Trump. People were exhausted that the last several candidates got us NOWHERE! I always like to point out that I didn’t vote for Trump. I cannot, however, say that he has not moved the needle in a very positive direction. Is he perfect or done everything perfectly, not in the least but he was the less evil at the time and  he has been shown to have stemmed evil quite well which is really all we can hope for in a candidate. He clearly doesn’t give a flying fig what people think about him or if they’ll vote for him next go around. He just plods ahead like a bull in the evil china shop.

McElroy made these comments during a public lecture Thursday on the University of San Diego campus. While political in nature, his speech did not endorse any candidate or party, but took aim at both sides of the partisan divide. The bishop blasted the Democratic Party’s nearly uniform support of abortion rights, then criticized “the current administration” for its resistance to policies meant to fight climate change.

This is laughable because he’s going to go on to tell you that “climate change” is way worse than abortion or birth control so how’s that going against a partisan divide there? Oh, it’s not.

Those two hot-button issues, abortion and climate change, were compared several times in the speech.

Compared in a completely reprehensible manner inconsistent with the Church and even Pope Francis.

Catholics often regard the former, McElroy said, as “the pre-eminent political imperative at stake in 2020.” The nation seems divided, he said, “with half of our country moving toward laws safeguarding the unborn and the other half of our country adopting ever more extreme laws that allow the killing of children on the verge of birth.

Uh, yeah, because it is. Your fellow USCCB members (well, the majority) and the Holy Father say it is. Why it’s taking so long for Bishop McElroy to figure it out is beyond me. And, no, it’s not half. The vast majority approve some sort of abortion restrictions with only the craziest of crazies saying kill them even after they are born and the more they learn about the child in the womb, the more restrictions or even a total ban they approve of for obvious moral reasons.

“Abortion annually results in the deaths of “more than 750,000 unborn children,” the bishop said, yet “the long-term death toll from unchecked climate change is larger and threatens the very future of humanity.”

Wrong. This is naïve and ridiculous that  bishop attempting to comment doesn’t know this cold. Not all areas have mandatory reporting. This is just an average of what Guttmacher (Planned Parenthood’s stat arm) and the CDC’s numbers are. The problem is not all areas report, California being one of the HUGE missing pieces. Kind of hard to count what’s not reported.

And while he called contraception “intrinsically evil … it is a far greater moral evil for our country to abandon the Paris Climate Accord than to provide contraceptives in federal health centers.”

Un-flipping-believable. You heard it. Really? So the destruction of lives, marriages, health, families (and even the environment to round out he list due to the hormone dump into our water supply due to oral contraceptives) is so much better than ditching the ridiculous Paris Climate Accord practically nobody follows? There’s nothing left to say but this is stupid. Plus, we know sin brings more sin into the world so how in the world does Bishop McElroy not think things are just going to get more and more evil? The most liberal cities are the biggest polluters. And, again, proximity to death? I thought you were actually embracing it. Somebody dies every time a woman goes in for an abortion (barring a miracle) and souls and families die every time artificial birth control is used. That’s not the same for any environmental concern we may have.

“Both abortion and climate change are “core life issues in the Catholic church,” McElroy said. But he shrank from identifying either as the top moral issue in 2020, as that would “inevitably be hijacked by partisan forces to propose that Catholics have an overriding duty to vote for candidates who espouse that position.””

It’s not “partisan” to make the issue of stopping the murder of babies in the womb as THE pre-eminent issue in the Church. It’s correct, right, moral, etc. Moral and partisan are two different things, Your Excellency. One would think a bishop would know this but they clearly missed that in your seminary.

That would overlook another key issue in 2020, McElroy said, “the culture of exclusion that has grown so dramatically in our nation in the past three years.” Racial injustice, anti-Muslim bigotry and anti-Semitism are all on the rise, the bishop said, and also fuels “a poison of animosity against immigrants.”

What in the world? Seriously? Look at the stats and for goodness sakes, look around the world that’s already caved to your line of thinking.  Catholic churches, priests and nuns are under attack all over the world INCLUDING in the United States.  And, it’s not only Catholics but other Christians and Jews. Please. Do you really believe this? Somebody tell it to Fr Jacques Hamel, or those bombed this past Easter, or the priests and seminarian killed in Nigeria, etc., etc., etc.  So next time you’re going to talk anti-Muslim bigotry, let’s remember who is actually MURDERING who. Meanwhile, who is helping refugees? Oh yeah, the Christians (and in particular, Catholics). So please, save the preaching to the choir.

“Seen against this background of abortion, climate change and the culture of exclusion,” McElroy said, “it is clear that the faith-filled voter who seeks to be guided by Catholic social teaching is confronted by compelling moral claims that cut across the partisan and cultural divides of our nation.”

And, yet, only direct murder of innocents is preeminent. It’s a for sure. If you believe the danger from man made climate change is no junk science, go ahead. I really don’t care. Doesn’t make you evil. I might possible argue that you’re not a fact finding person but, whatever. You can’t give anyone an expiration date because of it. You can, however, do so with abortion. When the procedure is started, it’s almost certain death will result. You were so close trying to equate the proximity to death with what’s preeminent but you fell flat on your face again.

Moreover, the bishop insisted that faith-filled voters have a duty to weigh the character and abilities of candidates. Will they be able to build bridges and bring positive change, and will they move beyond our current partisan battles?

Can we stop parroting “partisan”? It’s rather annoying. While there is a think such as partisan, you accusing faithful Catholics of it is slander. We’re doing the best we can to stop death from occurring. If you could stop trying to guilt us out of that, it would be grand because that? That is evil.

“Today,” McElroy said, “leaders in government embrace corrosive tactics and language, fostering division rather than unity. The notion of truth itself has lost its footing in our public debate. Collegiality has been discarded. Principles are merely justifications for partisan actions, to be abandoned when those principles no longer favor a partisan advantage. There is a fundamental lack of political courage in the land.”

I’m sorry, who’s actually the one pushing for disunity among Catholics? That would be you and your fellow bishops duly chastised you for it. You can’t have collegiality  and unity over evil. Going along to get along is sick when babies are being dismembered, Bishop McElroy.

In the end, the bishop added, people of faith must vote their conscience, “the voice of God which lies deep within each of us.”

And let’s all say it together! Actually, I’m just going to quote the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Bishop McElroy seems to think we’re all we need to make the right decision. The CCC spells out how wrong he is. Emphasis mine.

II. THE FORMATION OF CONSCIENCE

1783 Conscience must be informed and moral judgment enlightened. A well-formed conscience is upright and truthful. It formulates its judgments according to reason, in conformity with the true good willed by the wisdom of the Creator. The education of conscience is indispensable for human beings who are subjected to negative influences and tempted by sin to prefer their own judgment and to reject authoritative teachings.

1784 The education of the conscience is a lifelong task. From the earliest years, it awakens the child to the knowledge and practice of the interior law recognized by conscience. Prudent education teaches virtue; it prevents or cures fear, selfishness and pride, resentment arising from guilt, and feelings of complacency, born of human weakness and faults. The education of the conscience guarantees freedom and engenders peace of heart.

1785 In the formation of conscience the Word of God is the light for our path,54 we must assimilate it in faith and prayer and put it into practice. We must also examine our conscience before the Lord’s Cross. We are assisted by the gifts of the Holy Spirit, aided by the witness or advice of others and guided by the authoritative teaching of the Church.55

III. TO CHOOSE IN ACCORD WITH CONSCIENCE

1786 Faced with a moral choice, conscience can make either a right judgment in accordance with reason and the divine law or, on the contrary, an erroneous judgment that departs from them.

1787 Man is sometimes confronted by situations that make moral judgments less assured and decision difficult. But he must always seriously seek what is right and good and discern the will of God expressed in divine law.

1788 To this purpose, man strives to interpret the data of experience and the signs of the times assisted by the virtue of prudence, by the advice of competent people, and by the help of the Holy Spirit and his gifts.

1789 Some rules apply in every case:

– One may never do evil so that good may result from it;

– the Golden Rule: “Whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them.”56

– charity always proceeds by way of respect for one’s neighbor and his conscience: “Thus sinning against your brethren and wounding their conscience . . . you sin against Christ.”57 Therefore “it is right not to . . . do anything that makes your brother stumble.”58

  1. ERRONEOUS JUDGMENT

1790 A human being must always obey the certain judgment of his conscience. If he were deliberately to act against it, he would condemn himself. Yet it can happen that moral conscience remains in ignorance and makes erroneous judgments about acts to be performed or already committed.

1791 This ignorance can often be imputed to personal responsibility. This is the case when a man “takes little trouble to find out what is true and good, or when conscience is by degrees almost blinded through the habit of committing sin.”59 In such cases, the person is culpable for the evil he commits.

1792 Ignorance of Christ and his Gospel, bad example given by others, enslavement to one’s passions, assertion of a mistaken notion of autonomy of conscience, rejection of the Church’s authority and her teaching, lack of conversion and of charity: these can be at the source of errors of judgment in moral conduct.

1793 If – on the contrary – the ignorance is invincible, or the moral subject is not responsible for his erroneous judgment, the evil committed by the person cannot be imputed to him. It remains no less an evil, a privation, a disorder. One must therefore work to correct the errors of moral conscience.

1794 A good and pure conscience is enlightened by true faith, for charity proceeds at the same time “from a pure heart and a good conscience and sincere faith.”60

The “In the end” mentality only gets one so far. We have to duty to inform our consciences and to form them according to the Church’s teachings.

Not everyone in the audience of roughly 200 agreed with McElroy’s central point, that Catholics cannot be single-issue voters. “There are priorities and the number one priority must be life,” said Guy DiPonio, who wore a button that read “Pray to End Abortion.” “Without life, no other issue is worth anything.”

Sorry, that doesn’t mean that Guy is a single issue voter. If he was, there would be no talk of priorities. There would be talk of “only.” The act of prioritizing means there is more than the single. Is the English language really that confusing?

“Others saw McElroy’s speech as a message of support to Pope Francis, who has tried to move beyond abortion and contraception as the Catholic Church’s central political issues.”

WOW! Some really might want to pay more attention to the news. Pope Francis backed the preeminent argument. Did y’all miss it or are you choosing to ignore. I mean, first Cardinal Cupich and now Bishop McElroy? Really, don’t bother answering. We know.

“I think he’s trying to follow what Francis is doing,” said Dr. Marianne Benkert Sipe, a psychiatrist and former nun who has studied church social and political movements. “He’s trying to make the church a bigger tent.”

Is there anything more gruesome than the former nun psychiatrists???

McElroy was also returning to themes he explored in his 1993 biography of John Courtney Murray, “The Search for an American Public Theology.” A Jesuit priest, Murray wrote extensively on relations between church and state, especially in societies with numerous religious traditions.

By all means, let’s listen to another religious pluralist Jesuit. Sigh.

5 thoughts on “California Catholics Apologize to the Faithful for Bishop McElroy”

  1. Thirty-one years ago, way back when McElroy was a young priest in his 30s, an acquaintance told me that Mc was going to be a bishop. I said, “Oh, you think he’d make a good bishop?” My acquaintance responded, “I’m not saying that I think he should or shouldn’t be a bishop. What I’m saying is that he’s at very the top of the list around here for new bishops. It’s not a question of if. It’s a question of when. I don’t know when it’ll happen, but it WILL happen.” I took that prediction with grain of salt, but it turned out to be accurate. Why was my acquaintance so sure? I’ll never know. If I had to speculate, I’d guess it had to do with fact that Mc was a protege of (and secretary to) Abp Quinn, the infamous liberal whose ~18 year tenure saw the Church decline very badly in San Francisco, with multiple parish and school closings. Quinn was also a great friend and mentor to Soupy. At Soupy’s installation in Chicago, who was right next to Soupy as chief concelebrant? Some other cardinal? Nope. Quinn. Quinn is the nexus of McElroy’s connection to Soupy. It’s no coincidence that McElroy and Soupy are singing from the same hymnbook on “climate.” Mc’s seemingly asinine, deplorable ramblings minimizing abortion and magnifying climate change likely did not originate with him. Mc did his undergrad at Harvard and has advanced degrees from Stanford, so the man is not stupid. This nonsense he’s spouting now and the recent kerfuffle about demoting abortion as preeminent issue aren’t the musings of some half-baked dilettante. They are a party line that he and Soupy and their allies have been tasked with pushing.

  2. The Cal AND USA Faithful Need to DENOUNCE Amoris Latita and Ladato si plus the Wayward Papacy and McElroy etc. catering to Sachs and the Dem. Liberal agenda at the similar papal Cof. of the FORMER pontifical academy FOR LIFE. They are no longer LIKE McElroy ADHEREING TO THE FAITH AND morals SEXUAL AND OTHERWISE OF THE NOW cino SCARCERCELY Rc RUMP CHURCH OF THE Jesuits THE Vatican AND McElroy.

  3. “Are we really supposed to think he’s not talking about Trump here? No partisanship here.” He reckons it’s not partisan if it doesn’t threaten his all-holy tax exemption.

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