March 17, 2022
Posted by ICTC on Thursday, March 17, 2022 at 12:38 PM PDT
It is with much enthusiasm and gratitude that we prepare to welcome Bishop McElroy to campus on Monday, March 28. Drawing from the wisdom, reflection and richness of global Catholicism, Bishop McElroy identifies both the ruptures, and the potential paths open to us for healing, reconciliation, and a more hopeful vision for a church transformed.
Bishop McElroy identifies three ruptures — "the disruption of ecclesial life, the overpowering recognition that we do not live in a society of authentic solidarity, and the devastating assault that the pandemic has visited upon our false sense and sources of security" — that force us to recognize that our ecclesial structures will not be recovered so much as they will be transformed, of necessity. The themes that surfaced from the Latin American Bishop's Conference (CELAM) at their 2007 meeting in Aparecida, Brazil, are retrieved for guidance on this journey. Read more in the National Catholic Reporter.
Bishop McElroy has contributed much to the theological discipline and larger church. Here are some of his recent publications:
- Bishop McElroy: The Eucharist is being weaponized for political ends. This must not happen. (America, 5/5/2021)
- Bishop McElroy: US Catholics, politically homeless, face hard choices (NCR, 10/13/2020)
- Bishop McElroy: US church is adrift, synodality can renew it (NCR, 11/17/2019)
- Pope Francis brings a new lens to poverty, peace and the planet (America, 4/23/2018)