This U.S. Bishops’ vote ‘shows conservatives still control USCCB’: liberal priest

This U.S. Bishops’ vote ‘shows conservatives still control USCCB’: liberal priest

Claire Chretien

BALTIMORE, Maryland, November 15, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – “Conservatives still control the USCCB,” a prominent Jesuit priest tweeted after the U.S. bishops voted against electing San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy to chair their International Justice and Peace Committee.

Thomas Reese, S.J. @ThomasReeseSJ

Vote on chair for International Justice & Peace Com, McElroy 88, Broglio 127, shows conservatives still control USCCB #usccb16
15 Nov 2016

Father Thomas Reese writes for the National un-Catholic Reporter.

Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese of Military Services was elected to chair the bishops’ International Justice and Peace Committee. He received 127 votes and McElroy received 88.

Bishop McElroy is among the slate of liberal bishops in the U.S. given new prominence under Pope Francis. At last year’s meeting, he joined Chicago Cardinal-elect Blase Cupich in an unsuccessful bid to push the USCCB to downplay issues like abortion and religious freedom in favour of poverty and the environment.

McElroy has called the language on homosexual acts that the Church uses in the catechism “very destructive.” In a recent voter guide, he put environmentalism on par with abortion. Shortly before the 2016 presidential election, McElroy accused a priest in his diocese of “fanning the flames of hatred” after he defended the Church’s “non-negotiable” moral issues and gave his parishioners strong advice on matters of prudential judgment within Catholic teaching.

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  1. [More good news?]

    Cardinal DiNardo elected U.S. bishops’ president; Abp. Gomez elected VP

    Claire Chretien

    BALTIMORE, Maryland, November 15, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – The U.S. bishops elected Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, TX, as their president and Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles as their vice president on Tuesday morning.

    They will each serve a three-year term.

    DiNardo easily won the first ballot with 113 votes. Gomez’s election took several rounds with him ultimately facing off against New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond. Gomez received 131 votes and Aymond received 84.

    At last year’s bishops’ meeting, DiNardo clashed with progressive bishops like Bishop Robert McElroy, who sought to downplay the Church’s moral teachings on life and family. DiNardo defended Faithful Citizenship, the U.S. bishops’ (USCCB) voting guide.

    DiNardo has defended Church teaching on marriage and has strongly defended the pro-life cause. He said he hoped Pope Francis would use his speech to Congress to talk about the family and the defense of the unborn.

    DiNardo was previously vice president of the USCCB. His term ended with the 2016 November USCCB meeting. DiNardo has also served as chairman on the USCCB’s Committee of Pro-life Activities. He is a member of the Pontifical Council for Culture, the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, the Pontifical Council for the Economy, and is on the Board of Trustees of Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

    Gomez has also spoken out on behalf of the pro-life cause, telling the faithful that abortion and euthanasia “stand alone” among today’s injustices in the U.S. He also frequently speaks in support of immigration, an issue about which Gomez has been vocal during and after the 2016 presidential election.

    • [Nonetheless, the National un-Catholic Reporter dismisses Cardinal DiNardo’s election as “expected” and gushes over Archbishop Gomez’ election as V-P]

      US bishops’ conference elects first Hispanic vice president

      BALTIMORE Electing a president and vice president from regions with high immigrant populations, the U.S. bishops’ conference could be seen to be doubling down on the pledge to stand with immigrants and refugees.

      DiNardo’s election was expected. He had been elected vice president three years ago, and by tradition the vice president is elected president …

      Gomez, born in Mexico, is a naturalized U.S. citizen. He is the first Hispanic to be elected vice president of the conference, which will mark its 100th anniversary next year. If precedent holds, Gomez would, in three years, become the first Hispanic president of the bishops’ conference.

      Building a wall on the U.S. southern border to control the flow of immigration and deporting people here without legal documents were major themes in Trump’s campaign. As president-elect he reiterated those pledges, telling the news program “60 Minutes” Nov. 13 that he would immediately deport 2 million to 3 million undocumented immigrants who “have criminal records” after his inauguration next January. [Some “mainstream” media dismissed The Donald’s figure as a typical Trump exaggeration, but one liberal source offered its educated guess at 1.9 million. Without adequate records, how can one give an accurate number within 1,000,000? We don’t exactly know how many illegal aliens the US has. – AQ moderator Tom]

      Two days after Trump won the election, Gomez called for mercy and an end to deportations as he led religious leaders in an interfaith prayer service for peace, solidarity and unity at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

      Gomez and [pro-abort, pro-homo] Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti organized the prayer service as a sign of unity and solidarity amid the uncertainty and fear that has followed the Nov. 8 elections. The archbishop drew particular attention to immigrant communities.

      During his campaign, Trump vowed to undo what he called President Barack Obama’s “overreaching” executive orders on immigration …

      At a press conference Monday, Nov. 14 in Baltimore, Gomez described the atmosphere in his archdiocese as “obviously of fear.” People, he said, “are nervous. They don’t know what to make of it [Trump’s election]. It is a challenge for them.”

      Gomez said that he helped organize the prayer service on Nov. 10 “to give people a sign of hope.”


    USCCB = Underlings of Soros Conducting Communist Business

    That does seem to be the order of business at the USCCB meeting that opened in Baltimore yesterday. They opened their meeting by asking President-Elect Trump, in oh-so-thinly-veiled language, to adopt a policy of blanket amnesty to illegal immigrants. This, of course, is right out of the progressive marching orders. As pointed out in the anthology of previous posts, there is plenty of money to be had with regards to illegal immigration (hopefully Trump will shut off that cash spigot). The bishops are doing the bidding of their puppet-masters; that’s why they’ve put their bid for amnesty front and center.

    When a sane, faithful Catholic thinks of issues for which the bishops might petition for governmental action, one thinks of intrinsic evils that pollute our culture. These evils include:

    ~The wholes-scale murder of helpless babies, aka, abortion

    ~The growing threat of euthanasia

    ~The enshrinement of homosexual perversions as societal norms that no one may question

    ~The marginalization of Christians who live out their faith in their businesses

    One thing we can all do to send the USCCB a message is to boycott the CCHD collection this coming weekend.

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