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San Diego bishop: ‘we must all become disrupters’

February 22, 2017

In an address to the US Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements, Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego called for disruption.

“President Trump said he was the candidate of disruption,” Bishop McElroy said in his remarks, delivered in Modesto on February 18. “Now we must all become disrupters.”

“We must disrupt those who would seek to send troops into our communities to deport the undocumented, to destroy our families,” he continued. “We must disrupt those who portray refugees as enemies. We must disrupt those who train us to see Muslim men and women as a source of threat rather than children of God.”

The prelate added:

We must disrupt those who would take away healthcare, who would take food from our children. But we can’t just be disrupters, we have to be rebuilders. We have to rebuild a nation in which all of us are children of one God.

We must rebuild a nation that pays $15 and provide decent housing and work to all. If work is co-creation with God, don’t we think it deserves at least $15 an hour?


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  • Posted by: Thomas429 - Feb. 23, 2017 9:10 PM ET USA

    There is nothing "charitable" or "Christian" in allowing the government to take resources from those who earned, deserve, and maybe need in order to give a fraction of it to someone who may only need it. It would seem to me that the Church would fear a government so engourged by the power that such a system creates as much as a libertarian would. We see it in so many things already.

  • Posted by: skall391825 - Feb. 23, 2017 4:10 AM ET USA

    The good bishop is fond of many kinds of disruption, including the doctrine regarding Communion by adulterers in irregular marriages.

  • Posted by: aclune9083 - Feb. 22, 2017 8:21 PM ET USA

    Sandinista-style "liberation theology" redux? Has the good bishop even read the contents of the current executive order? Has he read the Constitution--the same document that protects his right to blurt out this kind of nonsense?

  • Posted by: mwean7331 - Feb. 22, 2017 8:11 PM ET USA

    Ah yes, Bishop McElroy and the Church of Nice, I notice he doesn't call for "disrupting" Planned Parenthood. and isn't he the "shepherd" advocating absolution and Holy Communion for divorced and remarried in his diocese? Did all of these Bishops go to the same seminary? Seems they are more interested in social action than religious action. With all the disruption we have right now a Bishop incites more. Wonderful!!

  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Feb. 22, 2017 8:05 PM ET USA

    It is distressful to see a Bishop distorting the meaning of words. "Undocumented" could mean there was a computer error and all traces of the documents were erased. The issue is where there never were any documents because they entered the country illegally. They are criminals!

  • Posted by: grateful1 - Feb. 22, 2017 7:52 PM ET USA

    This is why I've stopped giving to the USCCB. I'll shift my donations elsewhere -- to, for example, individual worthy causes/groups (including some funded by the USCCB), Catholic Culture, EWTN, and needy individuals in my diocese. I'm a steward of the gifts God has given me, and I have no intention of squandering them on the pet projects of leftists -- especially leftists who don mitres.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Feb. 22, 2017 7:40 PM ET USA

    For a brief moment the left coast was showing some episcopal sanity. Where is Abp Gomez's cardinalate? Now all we hear from are these leftist bishops. Sad how the state corrupts everything. I'm glad I moved from there.

  • Posted by: Elan - Feb. 22, 2017 6:44 PM ET USA

    There they go again. Catholic Bishops always talking about the evil of abortion... Whaaat?

  • Posted by: unum - Feb. 22, 2017 6:26 PM ET USA

    An initiative of Pope Francis, the World Meeting of Popular Movements’ (WMPM) purpose is to create an “encounter” between Church leadership and grassroots organizations working to address the “economy of exclusion and inequality” (Joy of the Gospel, nos. 53-54) by working for structural changes that promote social, economic and racial justice. ( Draw your own conclusions about the role of the holy Father and the bishops.

  • Posted by: ALC - Feb. 22, 2017 6:22 PM ET USA

    Since when does the church call for disruption of the lawful authorities? What happened to render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's... Bishops need to do their job which is to make sure Catholic doctrine is taught and upheld in their diocese. They are not social workers or government obstructionist.

  • Posted by: Lucius49 - Feb. 22, 2017 2:51 PM ET USA

    The bishop evidently sees himself a servant of a particular ideology. No Catholic is bound to follow his political opinions which are wrongheaded in my view. Here is another bishop who needs a reality check.

  • Posted by: Frodo1945 - Feb. 22, 2017 2:17 PM ET USA

    Some originality there Bishop! Create an enemy then attack him. Where is that in the Gospels?

  • Posted by: feedback - Feb. 22, 2017 11:30 AM ET USA

    This is how the hierarchy of the Catholic Church is losing its credibility as the voice of reason and moral compass.

  • Posted by: visions - Feb. 22, 2017 9:36 AM ET USA

    By their fruits you will know them