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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.

Photos: iStock, composite: America Media
Faith Short Take
Robert W. McElroySeptember 18, 2017
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 & Society Features
Robert W. McElroyJanuary 24, 2017
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. McElroyFebruary 04, 2016
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. McElroyOctober 23, 2014
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. McElroyMay 28, 2014
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.
Robert W. McElroyOctober 08, 2013
Newly appointed Bishop of San DiegoRobert McElroy on Pope Francis' vision for the Catholic Church.
Robert W. McElroyFebruary 21, 2011
After 13 years committed to war, it is time to be alarmed.
Robert W. McElroyApril 30, 2007
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
Robert W. McElroyFebruary 07, 2005
John Courtney Murray is the most significant Catholic theologian the church in the United States has ever produced. From his birth in 1904 until his death in 1967, Murray occupied a unique role in bringing the Catholic tradition to America’s academic, political and cultural leadership and in i
Robert W. McElroyJanuary 31, 2005
Now that the turbulence surrounding the 2004 presidential election has abated, it is critical to revisit a question that deeply divided both the Catholic bishops and the Catholic laity during the heated months of summer: Should Catholic public officials who endorse the continued legalization of abor