Bishop McElroy endorsed Fr. James Martin’s pro-gay book “Building a Bridge” in a 2017 article for America magazine. The book does not mention the sinfulness of homosexual acts, fails to call on homosexual persons to live chaste lives, and demands the Church change its teaching on LGBT issues. McElroy said the book helps usher in a culture of merciful inclusion in the church and said Fr. Martin is helping the church “embrace fully and immediately men and women in the L.G.B.T. community.” Bishop McElroy claimed opposition to Martin’s message is a result of a “cancer of vilification” seeping into the church.