Pope Francis sacked the firebrand Catholic bishop of the Diocese of Tyler, Texas, who led the protest against the Catholic-mocking drag queen troupe Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and who challenged the pontiff’s commitment to the Church’s deposit of the faith—that is, its continuity back to Christ and his apostles.
Maxwell Taylor is a Catholic blogger and writer who posted on 11th November at 9:30 am: “I have just finished my phone call with Bishop Strickland.” “Pope Francis has removed him from Tyler’s Diocese. It is a sad moment for the Catholic Church of Texas, as well as the rest of the world. ”
I just got off the phone with Bishop Strickland.
Pope Francis has removed him from the diocese of Tyler. This is a very sad moment for the Catholic Church in Texas and throughout the world.
Pray for Bishop Strickland and pray for those who removed him. 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/KtqazTnGxl
— Dr Taylor Marshall™️ (@TaylorRMarshall) November 11, 2023
Strickland might have heard about the news before, as His Excellency shared a photo of Jesus on the Cross just after midnight. The caption was:
Jesus Christ is the Light and Truth of the World, regardless of what happens. Saints and the Blessed Virgin Mary are always there to inspire us back to Christ no matter how deep we have fallen into darkness. Jesus Christ is the Light and the Light Of Light.
The consecration left a permanent mark on the bishop’s soul. He does not hold any office. He is like a sheep-less shepherd.
Strickland has been officially removed from his post by an announcement posted on the Holy See Press Office’s website:
Removal of the Bishop of Tyler (U.S.A.), and appointment of an apostolic administrator.
Bishop Joe Vasquez of Austin was appointed the new apostolic Administrator of Tyler, United States of America.
The Latin phrase “sede vacante”, which means “the chair is empty,” can be translated as “the chair has no occupant.”
Sedevacantism, a tradition within traditional Catholicism, asserts that all popes since the Vatican II council are illegitimate.
Strickland has been a critic of the Holy Father for a long time. After his interview with Patrick Coffin, who questioned the legitimacy of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio’s 2013 assumption of the Chair of St. Peter as Cardinal Bergoglio by Cardinal Bergoglio. The bishop then tweeted that he accepted Francis as the Pope but rejected his program against continuity.
Please allow me to clarify regarding, “Patrick Coffin has challenged the authenticity of the Pope Francis.” If this is accurate I disagree, I believe Pope Francis is the Pope but it is time for me to say that I reject his program of undermining the Deposit of Faith. Follow Jesus.
— Bishop J. Strickland (@BishStrickland) May 13, 2023
The Tyler Diocese website no longer has a Bishop, but the following message appears on the homepage.
In Rome, today, it was announced Bishop Joseph Strickland has been relieved of his pastoral leadership for the Diocese of Tyler. Bishop Joe Vasquez was named Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese.
The Catholic Church of Northeast Texas continues its work. It is our mission to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to build an authentic Christian community, and to serve everyone’s needs with love and compassion. To promote the common good, and to create a welcoming environment for all people to come and meet the loving God Father, Son, and Spirit.
We ask God to continue blessing and strengthening God’s church, as well as His holy and faithful believers around the world, during this period of transition.
Although there is no official explanation yet, it is likely that Strickland’s removal was due to the calendar. Since the Feast of Christ the King is on the last day of the liturgical season, the bishop will be denied access to the most important portion of the church program, which runs from Advent, through Christmas, Pentecost, and Easter.
Strickland Removal is a Forerunner
In an August 20 pastoral blog, the conservative bishop assured that he did not intend to resign despite Vatican inspections of his administration.
Strickland wrote that two of his brother bishops spent five days inspecting conditions within his episcopacy.
It is possible that you have heard me say something confusing or concerning.
It seemed like a good idea for me to speak with you directly. I hope that I can clear up some confusion and ease your concerns. As you probably know, an Apostolic Visitation took place in the diocese from 19-24 June. Bishop Kicanas of Camden (New Jersey) and Bishop Sullivan interviewed me and others during that week.
The visitation was similar to an inspection by a Catholic inspector general. It began shortly after Strickland spoke at the protest and parade held at Dodger Stadium, on the 16th of June, the night the Los Angeles Dodgers honored the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence as part of their 10th annual Pride Night. Catholics celebrate The Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, also celebrated on the 16th of June.
The Sisters is a group of drag queens who cosplay as satirical Catholic Nuns. Sister Viva L’Amour des Hommes, also known as Sister Oletta and Sister Anni-Doo I Coque are all stage names.
Los Angeles County supervisor Lindsey Horvath has praised the Dodgers for honoring SPI.
Lindsey Horvath of Los Angeles County congratulated the Dodgers for honoring SPI. Congratulations to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence on their honor during Dodger’s Pride Night. She wrote: “Your commitment to service and Catholic values inspired my life.”
Horvath and the Holy Father met in person.
I had the honor of meeting Pope Francis last month where we discussed how essential play & the power of encounter are in our lives.
These are the principles that shape Pelota de Trapo, a youth sports initiative launching in LA! pic.twitter.com/t1MLLF4uDk
— Lindsey P. Horvath (@LindseyPHorvath) September 18, 2023
The bishop spoke about the visitation in more personal terms after the visitation on Virgin Most Powerful Radio “Full Sheen Ahead”.
“I know it’s there.” It spread fast, and people now know. “It’s not about me. It’s our faith.” The bishop said.
He said: “I think I did it because I was brave enough.”
He said: “The sad thing is that there are too many people who spread a false Gospel that is harmful both to the world and Christ’s mystical body, the Church. ”
“I am a very bad person, I have said that before. But the diocese is really in good shape.” He said that it was not because of him, but God’s grace.
The Bishop expressed his confidence in the success of the administration of His Diocese.
He added, “We have many seminarians.”
The Catholic News Website The Pillar reported that on September 11, Pope Francis met with Archbishop Robert Prevost OSA, who is the Dicastery of Bishops’ head, and Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the papal American Nunc in August.
A senior official of the dicastery told The Pillar “The situation with Bishop Strickland was on the agenda.” “We expect the Holy Pope to request his resignation – this will be the recommendation he receives. ”
Officials noted that Strickland would be the “primary point of discussion”, despite the fact the papal audiences didn’t concern just the Bishop of Tyler, who had accused the Pope previously of a “program for undermining the Deposit of Faith”.
According to The Pillar, Strickland’s ouster could be attributed to his mismanagement of the diocesan finances.
Officially, the official stated that there were actually two issues. There is a public scandal caused by all the remarks made about the synod and the pope. There are problems in the diocese as well. The visitation focused on these issues. The diocese is concerned about governance, finances, and basic prudence.
Strickland has not backed down as Vatican courtiers plot his removal. Strickland mocked the Holy Father, Pierre, and the anti-crackdown site “Where is Peter”, in a microblogging posting on the X website.
This doesn’t sound like the Bride of Christ but instead like an organization merely rooted in this world. I oppose no one who stands with the Truth Jesus Christ has revealed. The opposition, division and schism comes from those who are turning from Jesus. https://t.co/2RZmFc7nuH
— Bishop J. Strickland (@BishStrickland) September 11, 2023