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Pope to ask for Bishop Strickland’s resignation?

September 11, 2023

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CWN Editor's Note: Pope Francis may soon ask Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, to resign, according to a report in The Pillar.

The Pope met on September 9 with Archbishop Robert Prevost, the prefect of the Dicastery for Bishops; and Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the papal nuncio to the US, to discuss Bishop Strickland’s situation, Pillar reports. (Both Archbishops Prevost and Pierre will become members of the College of Cardinals at the consistory later this month.)

Citing a “senior official close to the dicastery,” Pillar said that the meeting was devoted to the results of an apostolic visitation of the Tyler diocese, and would likely result in a request for Bishop Strickland’s resignation.

While the apostolic visitation looked into complaints about mismanagement in the diocese, Bishop Strickland has become prominent because of his unabashed criticism of Pope Francis, in particular his statement that “I reject his program for undermining the Deposit of Faith.”

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  • Posted by: feedback - Sep. 12, 2023 10:57 AM ET USA

    The gates of the hell are surely trying to prevail. With the absurd promotions in the hierarchy of individuals who should have never been ordained in the first place, the persecution of Bishop Strickland perfectly fits the pattern of ongoing attempts to corrupt the Church. "If any man violate the temple of God, him shall God destroy." 1 Corinthians 3:17

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Sep. 11, 2023 11:47 PM ET USA

    Bishop Strickland is one of the holiest, most courageous, and most clear-thinking prelates in the U.S. He walks just as comfortably and compassionately with the common man as with his peers. He lets his spiritual children come to him, and he does not prevent them. For how many bishops can this be said today? The ranks of the "canceled" continue to grow. Why? Because they dare to speak the truth out of unadulterated charity, the charity of overwhelming concern for the souls of the many.