Pope Francis Creates Cardinal Bishop Who Opposes Communion Refusal to Pro-Abortion Politicians

On August 27, Pope Francis will preside over a council in which he will create 21 cardinals, among them the Bishop of San Diego (USA), Monsignor Robert McElroy, who emphasized that the Eucharist should not be denied to politicians who support the legalization of abortion.

The 68-year-old future Cardinal was ordained a priest in 1980. In 2010 he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco and in 2015 Pope Francis entrusted him with the pastoral administration of the Archdiocese of San Diego.

Archbishop McIlroy spoke several times discussing “Eucharistic consistency,” noting that Communion should not be denied to politicians who support legalizing abortion.

In addition, he has often criticized what he sees as raising abortion as a priority over other social concerns, such as the death penalty, care for immigrants and the environment.

In November 2019, the bishop sparked controversy at the United States Conference of the General Assembly of Catholic Bishops when he objected to the language in a letter to be published as a supplement to the 2015 document Forming the Consciences of Citizens of Faith. He opposed the statement that “the threat of abortion remains our top priority because it directly attacks life itself.”

He called this line “at least inconsistent” with what Pope Francis taught, but did not explain the particular teachings it violated.

In an article dated May 5, 2021, Bishop McIlroy denounced what he called the “unworthiness theology” of receiving the Eucharist. He said those who practice it put a lot of emphasis on discipline.

The San Diego bishop has argued that the Eucharistic denial logic of pro-abortion politicians constitutes a “too broad” test that “applys punishments in a very selective and inconsistent manner,” and that, in his view, abortion is distinguished at the expense of other ills.

In this article he said that “the Eucharist should not be exploited for political purposes, no matter how important it may be.”

“I do not see how the deprivation of the Eucharist by the president or other political leaders on the basis of their position on public policy in our society can be interpreted as more than the use of the Eucharist as a weapon and effort not to persuade people with arguments by dialogue and reason, but by subjecting them to blows on the subject.”

Some observers have noted the discrepancy between Monsignor McIlroy’s view that the Eucharist should not be denied, and that of his former Archbishop, Monsignor Salvatore Cordelion, who last week banned the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, from receiving Holy Communion until you repent of your support for abortion.

Archbishop Cordelion explained that he instructed on Pelosi according to Canon 915 of the Code of Canon Law, which states that “the disadvantaged and wanted after the imposition or proclamation of punishment, and those who stubbornly persist in manifest grave sin.”

The Church teaches that “official cooperation in abortion constitutes a serious crime.”

“After many attempts to talk to her and help her understand the grave evil she is committing, the scandal she is causing, and the danger she is putting her soul in, I have decided that it is time for me to make a public statement that she (Nancy Pelosi) should not be accepted into the Eucharist,” he wrote. Archbishop of San Francisco on Friday, May 20.

He did not respond to a letter requesting information about the sexual assault crisis

In 2016, Detective Richard Sipe sent a letter to Monsignor McElroy listing the allegations against six bishops and warning of a broader problem of chastity abuses by the clergy.

In his text, Saip listed allegations against several bishops, including reports of misconduct by Monsignor John Ninsted and Monsignor Robert Broome, abuse of Monsignor Thomas Lyons and Monsignor Raymond Boland, and Cardinal Roger Tester Mahoney.

Sepp also said that he interviewed twelve priests and seminarians who described the sexual activities of then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

Bishop McIlroy said he did not respond to that letter because the way it was delivered made SIP unreliable.

After Saip’s death, the Bishop of San Diego said he raised concerns that some of the information might be inaccurate and also that the investigator had not provided any evidence to support his claims.

Archbishop McElroy supports the ordination of deaconesses and Catholics who identify as LGBT

In 2019, Bishop McIlroy told the National Catholic Reporter that he supported the ordination of women to deaconesses. “My opinion on this is [que] Women should be invited to any ministries or activities we have that are not ideologically excluded.”

Pope Francis has asked two commissions to study the question of the female deacon in the Catholic Church. The second was created in 2020, after discussion about deaconesses during the 2019 Amazon complex.

In February 2021, Monsignor McIlroy was one of several American Catholic bishops to sign a statement opposing “violence, intimidation, or harassment” directed at those identifying as LGBTI.

The statement reads: “All people of good will must help, support and advocate for LGBTI youth; who attempt suicide at significantly higher rates than their heterosexual counterparts; that they are often homeless due to families rejecting them; who are rejected, intimidated and harassed; And they are being exposed to violence at an alarming rate.”

Translated and adapted by Eduardo Perdego. Originally published on the Cyprus News Agency.

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