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SAN DIEGO (ChurchMilitant.com) - Bishop Robert McElroy is again going to bat for the Democratic Party.
During a webinar hosted Tuesday by St. Mary's College — located near the University of Notre Dame — the San Diego prelate equated pro-life issues with saving the ozone.
"Catholic social teaching," Bp. McElroy claimed, "calls us to protect both the life of unborn children and the sustainability of our planet that is the prerequisite for all human life."
The full text of McElroy's remarks was published by theologically dissident National Catholic Reporter.
Without mentioning Joe Biden by name, McElroy defended the debunked idea that Biden is a Catholic in good standing.
"I feel compelled," Bp. McElroy said, "to address one very sad dimension of the election cycle we are witnessing — the public denial of candidates' identity as Catholics because of a specific policy position they have taken."
"Such denials are injurious because they reduce Catholic social teaching to a single issue," McElroy opined. "But they are offensive because they constitute an assault on the meaning of what it is to be Catholic."
"Being Catholic means participating in the sacramental life of the Church," the 66-year-old San Diego bishop went on to say. "Being a Catholic means trying to transform the world by the light of the gospel. To reduce that magnificent, multi-dimensional gift of God's love to a single question of public policy is repugnant and should have no place in public discourse."
Bishop McElroy's comments come after other Catholic clergy have spoken out against Biden, saying he and other pro-abortion Democrats are not Catholics in good standing.
Bishop Richard Stika of Knoxville, Tennessee said on Twitter in August, "Don't understand how Mr. Biden can claim to be a good and faithful Catholic as he denies so much of Church teaching especially on the absolute child abuse and human rights violations of the most innocent, the not yet born."
Earlier in August, Bp. Thomas Tobin criticized Biden as not authentically Catholic, saying in a tweet, "First time in awhile that the Democratic ticket hasn't had a Catholic on it."
In like manner, Fr. Dwight Longenecker referred to Biden as a "fake Catholic."
Wisconsin priest Fr. James Altman spoke out against pro-abortion "Catholic" Democrats in a viral video in late August, saying, "You cannot be a Catholic and be a Democrat — period. Their party platform absolutely is against everything the Catholic Church teaches."
In the Tuesday webinar, Bp. McElroy claimed the three issues a Catholic voter must consider are abortion, climate change and racism.
In a veiled reference to abortion, he appeared to dismiss pro-lifers as "single-issue" voters, and deemed it "morally legitimate" to vote for either Joe Biden or President Donald Trump.
Emphasizing environmentalism and racism is a drum that Bp. McElroy has beat in the past.
In June 2019, he delivered the keynote address to an event on Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si' — a speech that was also published in the National Catholic Reporter.
"The encyclical," Bp. McElroy said in that address, "is a call to arms for those who would rescue our bruised planet from the forces that deplete and destroy it."
Pro-Marxist clergy and their pro-Marxist supporters — many of whom are rallying under the misleading banner "Catholics for Biden" — obscure the former vice president's support for intrinsic evils (like abortion) by equating their moral importance to those of social justice or environmental concerns.
Known as the "seamless garment" theory, this thinking was designed to confuse Catholics. It was popularized by the late Chicago cardinal Joseph Bernardin, an alleged satanist who helped set up a pipeline from South America to ordain practicing homosexuals — many of whom remain in the Church spouting heretical teaching, including support of pro-death Democrats.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has declared abortion the single, pre-eminent issue that should be of concern to Catholic voters. Paragraph 2271 of the Catechism states, "This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. ... You shall not kill the embryo by abortion and shall not cause the newborn to perish."
The Biden-Harris platform supports abortion through all stages of pregnancy and even after birth (infanticide).