I noticed a Friday bit on the whispered “page three,” regarding San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy. I first registered Rocco’s comment, ” about fierce, years-long campaign by some progressives, any illusion of +Bob McElroy as Abp of Washington has now effectively imploded.” In the current climate, I’d think nearly every “campaign” has been suspended. If somebody was close to picking up a US diocese, I can imagine that even the Congregation of Bishops is checking dossiers on any possible connection to guys with skeletons in their closets.
My second thought would be, “What progressives?” Certainly not your host here. I’ve likely alienated a few lurkers with my occasional but consistent suggestions that bishops be selected from the clergy of the diocese. For a significant situation of disaster, I could appreciate a priest from another diocese being named. But mostly, I think bishops could have a minimum age of sixty, sixty-five. They could be appointed after a long period of experience as a parish pastor, and well-regarded by the people of a diocese. A younger bishop might have a term limit of about a decade, then return to parish service.
Then I clicked on the link Rocco provided, a letter from recently deceased psychotherapist Richard Sipe. The contents are pretty brutal. I don’t know how it paints Bishop McElroy. Did Mr Sipe send letters to other bishops? Does San Diego have a reach into the East Coast?
Most troubling for me was the account of behavior of one of my former bishops, now deceased. Originally, I thought I’d comment more in depth on this, but it’s not a topic I believe I have anything significant to add.