Robert McElroy is the sixth bishop of San Diego, installed in 2015. He wrote The Search for an American Public Theology: The Contribution of John Courtney Murray (Paulist Press, 1989) and Morality and American Foreign Policy: The Role of Ethics in International Affairs (Princeton University Press, 1992).

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New Cardinal McElroy: Synodal process requires 'substantive' dialogue

Commentary: The very notion of dialogue has atrophied throughout our American culture, as partisan, racial, economic and ideological divisions have undermined civility and the basic proposition that we can learn from a dialogue with those with whom we disagree.

Bishop McElroy: US Catholics, politically homeless, face hard choices

We live in a real world that confronts us with limited choices in this political season. Discernment must begin with an evaluation of the principles of Catholic social teaching applied to the current historical moment.

Bishop McElroy on voting with faith and a conscience

It is primarily through the votes of Catholic women and men, rooted in conscience and in faith that the Church enters into the just ordering of society and the state.


Bishop McElroy: US church is adrift, synodality can renew it

It is my reluctant conclusion that the church in the United States is now adrift on many levels, and that a fundamental moment of renewal is needed. A synodal pathway would an opportunity to set that type of renewal in motion.