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On Oct. 10, LifeSiteNews reported on one of the listening sessions held by Bp. McElroy at Our Lady of Grace Church in San Diego. During this session, one attendee was removed because of the concern she expressed over "an openly homosexual man 'running the show'" at St. John the Evangelist parish. According to LifeSite:
After the woman alleged that the parish of St John the Evangelist had an openly homosexual man "running the show," the Bishop cut her off, saying, "Alright, you've gone far enough now. You're not going to stand here and disparage an employee of the diocese. You can leave if you’re going to do that. The other things you can say — you cannot attack an employee of the diocese … I owe it to the employees of the Archdiocese [sic] not to let those calumnies be said."
In a comment on the article, the woman in question said that the guards at the event rushed her and tried to haul her out.
The openly homosexual man identified as "running the show" at St. John the Evangelist is Aaron Bianco. According to a September bulletin for the parish, Bianco is the pastoral associate and runs the Young Adults and Pastoral Outreach ministry.
In 2015, DignityUSA quoted from a Wall Street Journal article on Facebook (which you can only access through a paid subscription), indicating that Bp. McElroy was fully aware of Bianco's homosexuality and assured him that his diocesan job is secure. Given that Bp. McElroy was aware of Bianco's homosexuality, it is unclear when he meant when he said that he would not "let those calumnies by said."
LifeSiteNews, Joseph Sciambra and Church Militant have already written extensively about Bianco's pro-homosexual activism and his connection to the heretical Call to Action. But concerned Catholics from the San Diego diocese have contacted the Lepanto Institute claiming that Bianco is in a same-sex "marriage." What follows is the result of the Lepanto Institute's investigation into this claim.
In 2017, the San Diego district attorney's office acknowledged Aaron Bianco as a "Citizen of Courage" for keeping his cool when a deranged man entered the offices of St. John the Evangelist parish and threatened to kill a priest. The DA's office interviewed Bianco for this acknowledgment and to recount the ordeal.
At the end of the video (4:06), after explaining what happened, Bianco expressed the thoughts that run through his head and says, "I thought of my husband." As he says this, an image of Bianco and another man flashes on the screen.
Another image of the same man appears at the 3:58 mark, when Bianco says, "I have a mom who lives with us."