Pope Francis elevated Bishop Robert McElroy, who has opposed clergymen denying President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from receiving Holy Communion, to cardinal Sunday.
McElroy will be installed Aug. 27 at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome as one of 21 new cardinals, NBC San Diego reported. The bishop argued in a May 2021 piece for the Jesuit magazine America that the Eucharist is “being weaponized” for political purposes.
“The proposal to exclude pro-choice Catholic political leaders from the Eucharist is the wrong step. It will bring tremendously destructive consequences — not because of what it says about abortion, but because of what it says about the Eucharist,” he said.
McElroy argued in the piece that the church cannot test each individual Catholic for rejecting a significant teaching.
“How many Catholic political leaders of either party could pass that test? And because any notion of eucharistic unworthiness in the theology of the church must apply not just to political leaders but to all Catholics, how many of the faithful will be eligible for the Eucharist by this criterion?”
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