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(LifeSiteNews) – Cardinal Gerhard Müller expressed his dismay to LifeSiteNews editor-in-chief John Henry Westen about Pope Francis’ intention to make Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego a cardinal.

In a recent interview, Westen asked Müller if he could comment on the “extremely controversial” elevation of McElroy to the cardinalate, pointing out the fact that McElroy has “taken stances on life, on family … on homosexuality that are at odds with the Church’s teaching[.]”

“Nobody can understand this appointment,” Müller responded.

McElroy has been labeled an “ultra-liberal” with a “horrifying record on homosexuality and abortion” due to this statements and actions in the past.

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The German cardinal contrasted the impending appointment of McElroy to the cardinalate with the fact that Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles was not given the red hat, even though Gomez has proven himself to be consistently more conservative and orthodox in his religious positions.

“In Los Angeles,” Müller said, “they have a very good bishop.”

He continued that he believed the elevation of McElroy over Gomez represents a “wrong understanding of the Catholic Church in America.”

Müller lamented that in American Catholic parlance there is an insistence on “factions that are a liberal wing and a conservative wing” of the Church.

Intimating that Pope Francis’ appointment of McElroy was political in nature, he added: “I cannot say I am on the side of Biden, or of Trump and therefore I will change the Catholic faith according to my political options.”

He said that “the opposite is true” and that it is Christians who “have to give some orientation for the politicians, especially if they are naming themselves Catholic.”

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Bishop Robert McElroy (right) is to be made a cardinal in August, despite his inaction on allegations against notorious ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

We all have a responsibility to speak up when serious wrongs are being brought to our attention, but McElroy didn't.

SIGN this petition to demand Pope Francis not reward a bishop who failed to report allegations against McCarrick

The Bishop of San Diego was told about serious sexual wrongdoing by McCarrick in 2016 when psychotherapist Richard Sipe, who had interviewed numerous victims of McCarrick, sent him a detailed letter, but McElroy sat on that information and is now being made a cardinal.

Appointing him to the College of Cardinals is not only an insult to those who suffered clerical sex-abuse, but also to those who are intent on ridding the Church of such evil.

This decision to make McElroy a cardinal must be reversed, and the only way to make that happen is with pressure from the laity.

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Sipe told McElory that numerous seminarians and priests reported sexual advances and activity by McCarrick in a letter that also detailed extensive abuse by other clerics.

"I have interviewed twelve seminarians and priests who attest to propositions, harassment, or sex with McCarrick," the psychotherapist told McElroy in the 2016 letter, adding: "None so far has found the ability to speak openly at the risk of reputation and retaliation."

McElroy, who claims there was no corroborating evidence, could have brought the allegations to the pope, or even to the Papal Nuncio, but instead ended the correspondence with Sipe, himself a clerical sex-abuse victim.

It would take another year for the truth about McCarrick to slowly emerge in public.

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Turning a blind eye to serious allegations of sexual wrongdoing is reprehensible in any context, but particularly when a bishop, a shepherd of souls, does so.  

He also supports giving Holy Communion to pro-abortion politicians, contrary to the Church's teaching, while he has concelebrated LGBT Masses as bishop and claimed Fr. James Martin's attempt to normalize the LGBT ideology is "fully consonant with Catholic teaching".

The sad truth is that McElroy is not fit to continue as a bishop, let alone become a cardinal.

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We must do what we can to clean up this mess now.

More Information: 

Bishop McElroy was warned about McCarrick - LifeSiteNews

Pope announces 21 new cardinals, including McElroy - LifeSiteNews

Photo: Theodore McCarrick and Bishop Robert McElroy (Lisa Bourne/LifeSiteNews & Diocese of San Diego/YouTube)


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Of particular concern regarding the elevation of McElroy has been the fact that he reportedly covered up priestly “satanic ritual sexual abuse” committed by a Father Jacob Bertrand.

A victim of Bertrand, Rachel Mastrogiacomo told Catholic author Janet Smith: “In April 2015, Robert McElroy became bishop of San Diego but did not remove Bertrand from ministry until more than a year later, in August 2016. It is hard to imagine that McElroy did not know the charges against Bertrand.”

McElroy also ignored warnings about the notorious Theodore McCarrick even though he was given an extensive report by Richard Sipe that catalogued a pattern of coverup regarding McCarrick.