Bishop McElroy: Some Bishops Making Abortion a Political ‘Litmus Test’

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Bishop Robert W. McElroy. (Photo: Archdiocese of San Francisco)

Bishop McElroy spoke at an online event of Georgetown University’s Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The bishop of San Diego on Monday accused “some bishops” of making the issue of abortion a “litmus test” for Catholic politicians during the Biden presidency.

With the inauguration of Joe Biden as just the second Catholic president in United States history, “some bishops want to recast the presence and tone of the conference in the public order,” said Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego at an online event on Monday.

These bishops, he said, “argue that abortion is not merely a ‘preeminent’ issue in Catholic Social Teaching, but rather constitutes the de facto litmus test for determining whether a Catholic public official is a faithful Catholic, and for determining whether the overall policy stances of non-Catholic officials can be considered morally legitimate.” …

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