Cardinal McElroy’s Refusal to Speak the Truth, by Dr. Jeff Mirus 

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By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture, March 07, 2023

Jeffrey Mirus holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Princeton University. A co-founder of Christendom College, he also pioneered Catholic Internet services. He is the founder of Trinity Communications and


I want to revisit the angst expressed by Cardinal Robert McElroy over the Church’s “failure” to fully include “LGBT communities”. Perhaps, for example, readers are not familiar with the astonishing claims McElroy made in his first article in America magazine. For it is not (as McElroy alleged in a second article) that the Church places a novel and unhealthy emphasis on the seriousness of sexual sins. Rather, the Cardinal put it this way:

It is a demonic mystery of the human soul why so many men and women have a profound and visceral animus toward members of the L.G.B.T. communities. The church’s primary witness in the face of this bigotry must be one of embrace rather than distance or condemnation. The distinction between orientation and activity cannot be the principal focus for such a pastoral embrace because it inevitably suggests dividing the L.G.B.T. community into those who refrain from sexual activity and those who do not. Rather, the dignity of every person as a child of God struggling in this world, and the loving outreach of God, must be the heart, soul, face and substance of the church’s stance and pastoral action. …

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