Pope Francis announced the creation of new cardinals Sunday, among whom is San Diego’s notoriously progressive Bishop Robert W. McElroy, a believer in “climate annihilation” from global warming.
During his tenure as bishop of San Diego, McElroy has consistently downplayed the evil of abortion and, in 2020, made the astounding claim that the “death toll” from climate change is greater than that of abortion and that neither issue should take precedence over the other.
“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ.” 1 Cor. 11:13
Currently, nearly a million abortions are performed each year in the United States, and annually more than 40 million unborn babies worldwide die from abortion, making it the leading cause of death in the world.
Conversely, there has yet to be a single death ascribable to “climate change,” and the annual death toll from severe weather events has plummeted in recent years, reaching an all-time low of fewer than 10,000 in 2021, a decline of 99 percent from a century ago when a half million people a year died from severe weather.
Prior to the 2020 presidential election, McElroy declared that “the survival of the planet, which is the prerequisite for all human life, is at risk” because of climate change, adding that for this reason, many Catholics feel they “cannot support a candidate for national office who does not vigorously fight climate change.”
“Decisions on climate change in the next four years will either irrevocably amplify or arrest our world’s trajectory toward climate annihilation and the possible ending of all human life on this planet,” he warned.
In 2021, McElroy vocally argued for the McCarrick doctrine on Communion for pro-abortion Catholic politicians, insisting that President Joe Biden should be allowed to continue receiving Holy Communion despite his aggressive advocacy for abortion rights.
McElroy insisted that in dealing with Biden, the American bishops first and foremost needed to “signal unity” to help heal and unify the country.
The bishop’s call for unity and reconciliation beyond partisan differences was a striking departure from his history of open and vitriolic hostility toward former President Donald Trump.
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