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Bishop Robert W. McElroy, named an auxiliary bishop of San Francisco in 2010, was elevated to bishop of San Diego in March 2015. He holds degrees in history and political science from Harvard and Stanford as well as a licentiate in sacred theology from the Graduate Theological Union at Berkley, Calif., and a doctorate in moral theology from Rome’s Gregorian University. Bishop McElroy is author of The Search for an American Public Theology: The Contributions of John Courtney Murray (Paulist Press, 1989) and Morality and American Foreign Policy: The Role of Ethics in International Affairs (Princeton University Press, 1992). 

 Pope Francis greets an elderly woman as he meets with people in a poor neighborhood in Asuncion, Paraguay, in this July 12, 2015, file photo. Pastoral care of the poor and those in need has been emphasis of the pontificate of Pope Francis. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
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Robert W. McElroy
Pope Francis has brought the legacy of the great saint of Assisi to the very heart of the church’s proclamation to the modern world.
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FaithShort Take
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The attacks on ‘Building a Bridge’ tap into long-standing bigotry within the church and U.S. culture against members of the L.G.B.T. community.
Politics & SocietyFeatures
Robert W. McElroy
If love of country is a virtue and a moral obligation, the nationalistic impulse itself has no moral identity.
THE AMERICAN WAY. People participate in the Democratic caucus at the Iowa State Historical Society in Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016.
Politics & Society
Robert W. McElroy
A spiritual conversion to solidarity is not alien to the American political tradition.
NAMESAKE. Pope Francis leads a meeting with the poor in the archbishop’s residence in Assisi, Italy, Oct. 4.
Robert W. McElroy
In a tweet read around the world this past April, Pope Francis told over 10 million online followers, in nine different languages, “Inequality is the root of social evil.” The pope’s diagnosis did not go over well with many American Catholics, who criticized the statement as being
Robert W. McElroy
Catholic teaching views the vocation of politics as a vital element in building up the kingdom of God on earth. Democracy is not merely a set of empty procedures, but instead a way to promote the dignity of the human person, respect for human rights and commitment to the common good. For this reason
Pope Francis at a home in the Varginha slum in Rio de Janeiro on July 25.
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Newly appointed Bishop of San DiegoRobert McElroy on Pope Francis' vision for the Catholic Church.
Robert W. McElroy
After 13 years committed to war, it is time to be alarmed.
Robert W. McElroy
The United States has reached a new chapter in its intervention in the Middle East, as the enormous obstacles to achieving peace are being recognized more clearly with every passing day. We have lost our way in Iraq—strategically, militarily and morally—and we need to forge a pathway for
FaithFeatures
Robert W. McElroy
John Courtney Murray is the most significant Catholic theologian the church in the United States has ever produced.