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SAN DIEGO, California, April 22, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Bishop Robert McElroy, well known for his public opposition to Catholic Church teaching on several issues, has been appointed by Pope Francis to the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development

The move, announced in the Vatican’s newly released yearbook and reported by Jesuit-run America Magazine, serves to cement McElroy as one of Pope Francis’s favored clerics. McElroy joins the the board of the Dicastery that Francis himself established in 2016.

The Dicastery itself also announced the news in a tweet, linking to America’s report.

McElroy will thus now join one of the larger bodies of the Roman Curia, which is made up of four former councils: Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, and the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers.

Pope Francis amalgamated the four bodies into one, with the Motu Proprio Humanam Progressionem, and the Dicastery was given the mission to deal with the Pope’s “concern for issues of justice and peace, including those related to migration, health, charitable works and the care of creation.”

Under the direction of Cardinal Peter Turkson, the Dicastery itself has the mission of “integral human development,” a key part of which is the “care of creation.” As such, it seeks to promote the Pope’s “climate change” encyclical Laudato Si in order “to spread a culture of respect for the planet and the human being.”

It also attempts to “establish a relation between humanity and the Earth,” which would thus enable the “reawakening the dignity of individuals and peoples based upon the need for the material and spiritual maturity that each one of us possesses, improving at the same time the environmental, social, cultural and religious conditions in which we live.”

History of deviation from Church teaching, adherence to Pope Francis

McElroy, the current bishop of the Diocese of San Diego, will now take up his duties in the Dicastery, after having distinguished himself by supporting causes close to Pope Francis’s heart and by having a consistent opposition to the teaching of the Catholic Church in a number of areas.

McElroy, who objects to Church teaching on abortion, divorce and “remarriage,” homosexuality, and the priesthood, was described by America’s Vatican correspondent as being, “recognized in Rome as a top expert on the social doctrine of the church.”

However, Faithful Shepherds, a site launched by LifeSiteNews to hold bishops accountable and encourage them to uphold the Deposit of Faith, has compiled a long list of McElroy’s actions against the truth of the Catholic faith.

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The Vatican has announced its fifth International "Health" Conference on "Exploring the Mind, Body & Soul," to take place between May 6-8, and nearly everything about the conference is rotten -- morally, scientifically and culturally.

Incredibly, the conference organizers have listed huge numbers of globalist and abortion-promoting speakers such as Dr. Anthony Fauci, vaccine developers, Mormon elders, pro-abortion Chelsea Clinton, population control advocate Jane Goodall, a New Age activist, a prominent UK Muslim scholar, and pro-abortion American actress Cindy Crawford, among others.

The logo for the conference is a circle of people linking hands, colored in the tones of the LGBT rainbow flag, and positioned next to the crossed keys and Papal tiara of the Pontiff. In the ten goals listed for the conference, the Pontifical Council for Culture makes no reference to God or the Catholic Church.

The organization and promotion of this conference is beyond an outrage, it is a closer to a sacrilege (also outrageous!).

Indeed, of the conference, Archbishop Viganò has said that the Holy See is "making itself the servant of the New World Order." [More below about Arbp Viganò's reaction to the conference...]

Please SIGN and SHARE this petition urging the Vatican to CANCEL this desperately wrong-headed appeasement to the secular world disguised as a "health conference."

114 speakers are set to appear at the event, including prominent and diverse names such as:

  • The CEOs of Pfizer and Moderna, the former of which produces abortion pills;
  • The Director of the National Institute of Health (NIH) Francis Collins, who advocates using fetal tissue in research projects;
  • Chelsea Clinton, a strong advocate for abotion;
  • The head of Google Health, David Feinberg;
  • And, Dr. Anthony Fauci from the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, whose advice to government officials played a major role in shutting down American churches last year.

These "VIP" speakers are also joined at the Vatican conference by the following: United Nations representative and conservationist Jane Goodall, who supports population control; new age activist Deepak Chopra; rock guitarist Joe Perry; Mormon Elder William K. Jackson; executive chair of the British Board of Scholars and Imams, Shaykh Dr. Asim Yusuf; pro-abortion model Cindy Crawford; and, by Salesforce CEO, Marc Benioff, who has firmly aligned himself with the globalist, liberal elite, by censoring conservative voices on his platform.

The sheer number of speakers holding anti-Catholic views has sparked a firestorm of well-deserved criticism.

And, in an letter published by LifeSiteNews, Archbishop Viganò roundly condemns this conference and, moreover, the infidelity to the Church's perennial teaching. Here is a brief excerpt (read the whole letter by clicking on this link):

"...The Holy See has deliberately renounced the supernatural mission of the Church, making itself the servant of the New World Order and Masonic globalism in an antichristic counter-magisterium.

The same Roman Dicasteries, occupied by people ideologically aligned with Jorge Mario Bergoglio [i.e. Pope Francis] and protected and promoted by him, now continue unrestrained in their implacable work of demolishing Faith, Morals, ecclesiastical discipline, and monastic and religious life, in an effort as vain as it is unprecedented to transform the Bride of Christ into a philanthropic association enslaved to the Strong Powers.

The result is the super-imposition over the true Church of a sect of heretical and depraved Modernists who are intent on legitimizing adultery, sodomy, abortion, euthanasia, idolatry, and any perversion of the intellect and will. The true Church is now eclipsed, denied and discredited by her very Pastors, betrayed even by the one who occupies the highest Throne."

The fact that there is so much anti-Catholicism (i.e., anti-truth) held by so many of the speakers makes it impossible to ask for the organizers to simply disinvite disreputable speakers.

That is why we are urging the Vatican to CANCEL this anti-life, anti-truth, anti-Catholic, anti-health "health conference" altogether!

Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition asking the Vatican to CANCEL its fifth International "Health" Conference on "Exploring the Mind, Body & Soul."

This conference contains such a high concentration of poison for the Faith and the faithful that is should be canceled, not only for the contents itself, but also for the grave scandal it will (and is, already) cause.

After SIGNING and SHARING, please take a minute to contact the following Church authorities to politely, but firmly, voice your dismay and displeasure at the anti-God, anti-life and anti-faith conference which the Vatican has scheduled for the beginning of May.

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi - Head of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Culture

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Phone: [+39] 06 6989 3811

His Excellency Archbishop Christophe Pierre - Papal Nuncio for the United States

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Phone: 202-333-7121


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Indeed, only recently, McElroy repeatedly expressed his strong support for radically pro-abortion Joe Biden, saying on one occasion that he hoped Catholics, and his fellow bishops, would be “proud collaborators” with Biden, particularly on addressing issues of “racial justice and division which have been so exacerbated in the last four years” and responding to COVID-19 issues.

He subsequently added that it would be “destructive” for U.S. Catholic bishops to adhere to Church teaching and to deny Holy Communion to Biden due to his continued public support for the evil of abortion. 

To deprive Biden of Holy Communion would be “a weaponization of the Eucharist,” McElroy stated. He also used the example of Pope Francis to support his argument, praising Francis as one who “has placed encounter, dialogue, honesty and collaboration at the heart of his approach to public conversation, and who is unlikely to endorse the deprivation of the Eucharist from the president.”

The Catholic Church teaches that abortion is always wrong because it kills an innocent human being, thus violating the Church’s prohibition on murder, and that homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered” and “under no circumstances can they be approved” (CCC 2270-2272; CCC 2357). Additionally, Canon 915 of the Catholic Code of Canon Law says that those who “obstinately” persevere “in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.”

However, despite this directive contained in Canon Law, McElroy’s words supporting Biden were not a surprise, as in the 2019 fall assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, he previously used Pope Francis’s words to support his own objection to the consensus on abortion as being the chief issue, saying “it is not Catholic teaching that abortion is the preeminent issue that we face as the world in Catholic social teaching. It is not.”

Such dedication to dialogue with anti-Catholic politicians will certainly stand him in good stead with Pope Francis, who has reportedly taken the same stance with Biden, and administered Holy Communion to the pro-abortion politician, in direct violation of Church law.

Another passion of McElroy’s, which aligns with the interests of the Dicastery, is “climate change.” While speaking in February 2020, McElroy equated climate change with abortion as the “core life issues in Catholic teaching.”

McElroy has also joined a number of other left-leaning clerics in deviating from the Church’s teaching on the subject of homosexuality. In a statement addressed to LGBT youth, jointly signed with six other bishops and Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark, New Jersey, McElroy and his fellow clerics affirmed the young people, writing, “God loves you and God is on your side.”

Most recently, McElroy followed the Pope’s lead in promoting the abortion-tainted, hastily developed COVID–19 injections. Only last month, McElroy launched a media campaign in the diocese, stating that “God has brought us vaccines that can heal us and heal our world,” and committing himself to combatting “misinformation” about the injections. 

He wrote that it was “vitally important that all of us receive the Covid vaccine,” adding that the “Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines are safe and effective.”

Once more, McElroy referenced Pope Francis in this move.

However, even before copying Pope Francis’s actions of dialogue and referencing the Pope in doing so, McElroy received signal favor from the Pontiff some years ago. 

He was one of only three other U.S. bishops who attended the Amazonian Synod in the Vatican in October 2019. The two other prelates were the high ranking cardinals, Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, one of the Pope’s close advisers, and Cardinal Kevin Farrell, prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life.