Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego to the board of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. The news is reported in the new Vatican yearbook (Annuario Pontificio 2021) that has just been published.

His appointment comes as no surprise since Pope Francis invited him to participate in the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazonian Region in October 2019. He was one of only three bishops from the United States who participated in that synod; the other two were Cardinals Sean O’Malley of Boston, a member of the pope’s council of cardinal advisors, and Kevin Farrell, prefect head of the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life.

Bishop McElroy, a graduate of Harvard University, Stanford University and the Pontifical Gregorian University, is recognized in Rome as a top expert on the social doctrine of the church. He had earlier participated in the Vatican symposium on “integral disarmament,” in November 2017, at which Pope Francis not only condemned the use but also the possession of nuclear weapons.

Bishop McElroy is recognized in Rome as an expert on the social doctrine of the church and had participated in the symposium on “integral disarmament” at which Pope Francis condemned the use and the possession of nuclear weapons.

The dicastery is headed by the Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson. Its members come from all continents to represent the universality of the church and include eight cardinals, 11 bishops, three clerics and 18 laypeople, including three women religious….

The above comes from an April 20 story in America magazine.