A staunch promoter of the papal encyclical Laudato Si, McElroy attended a conference titled "'Laudato Si' and the U.S. Catholic Church: A Conference Series on Our Common Home" at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, June 27–29.
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McElroy gave the keynote address.
"For us in the United States at this perilous moment in our national history, the core themes of 'Laudato Si' are especially urgent. We stand, deeply estranged from one another, seething in divisions and unwilling to reconcile," said McElroy in the address.
"We are the most powerful nation in the history of the earth, yet have rejected the only realistic pathways that have emerged to heal our broken planet," he added.