Pope Francis declares war on conservative Catholics

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“O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.”  Psalms 95:6 (KJV) 

I don’t know what else you’d call this — Pope Francis naming the Church’s strongest and most outspoken progressive, San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy a Cardinal — other than a war on conservative Catholics, with whom the Holy Father already takes a very dim view.

Here’s the news:

Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego, one of Pope Francis’ ideological allies who has often sparred with more conservative U.S. bishops, was named by the pope on Sunday as one of 21 new cardinals.

The San Diego diocese said McElroy will be installed by Pope Francis on August 27 at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

Winning a cardinal’s hat doesn’t outrank the archbishop’s mitre but it does make one a prince of the Church — one of the few people with the power to elect the next pope until the age of 80. Given that McElroy is only 68, he may be in a position to do that.

The maneuver conspicuously bounces McElroy over the heads of two higher-ranking archbishops in potential contention for a cardinal’s hat — Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of the San Francisco archdiocese, who’s generally recognized as a conservative, and Archbishop José Gomez, of the Los Angeles archdiocese, who’s generally recognized as a moderate, and one who is believed to have wanted to become a cardinal. McElroy, on the other hand, is very progressive. He’s all in for illegal immigration to the states, global warming taxation, the LGBTQ agenda, women deacons, and giving out communion to elected officials who promote abortion through the power of lawmaking as well as cash shoveling to the abortion industrial complex. What a sad, sad rebuke to those Catholic leaders and their parishioners who try to follow Church law and doctrine.

Why did he do it? Well, speculation is rife — and on the Catholic left, there’s a lot of cheering.

Nobody’s telling them to cool it.

The first thing that springs to mind is that the appointment stands as a rebuke of sorts to Archbishop Cordileone who barred House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from communion in the San Francisco archdiocese until she can reconsider her hard position on promoting and advancing abortion until the moment of birth in both the U.S. and worldwide, a position that stands diametrically opposed to Church teaching. There had been strongly drawn lines on this, a bishop statement that skirted around the matter given the sharply opposing viewpoints, but the San Francisco archbishop acted according to his conscience about the matter, which is clear and reasonable enough to practicing Catholics. McElroy, on the other hand, came out against any barring of communion, claiming that receiving the Eucharist should be entirely divorced from politics, effectively saying that it has nothing to do with what one does in real life to live one’s faith. Pelosi is known to have her tentacles into the Vatican embassies and political scene in Rome, so the other thing that comes to mind is whether she had a hand in this as some kind of payback.

War on conservative Catholics? Sure seems like it. We already know that the pope can’t stand them — he barred the Heartland Institute’s sound researchers on the topic of global warming from a Vatican conference while welcoming committed anti-Catholic Marxists who detest the U.S. and free markets, such as Naomi Kline, instead. He’s also shut down Latin masses as if reducing the choice of worship styles is the best way to widen the reach of the Church. It does seem like a punch in the gut to conservatives given the gotcha tone of the lefty celebrations.

The second thing that comes to mind is that Francis is interested in sealing his progressive legacy, even after his death.

According to The Wall Street Journal:

Upon his elevation of the new cardinals in August, Pope Francis will have named 83 of the 132 cardinal electors, or 63% of the body eligible to choose his successor. Ten of the electors, or 7.6%, will be U.S. cardinals. According to Vatican statistics, the U.S. accounts for 5.5% of the world’s 1.36 billion Catholics.

The naming of McElroy to the spot of cardinal inflates the Church’s cardinal count to 132, 12 over the by-precedent limit of 120, meaning, few new cardinals are going to be named until at least after 2023.

While the naming of McElroy is disturbing to conservatives, effectively telling us to disappear, forcing us to listen to fraudy science about global warming, and pick-and-choose rule-of-law in the states, and for that matter, the Church, along with increasing intertwining of Church and the adm…

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