Resignation of Bishop Strickland would be ‘last straw’ for many Catholics in US

Priests for Life

Publication Date: September 11, 2023


TITUSVILLE, FL – Priests for Life National Director Frank Pavone issued the following statement today regarding Bishop Joseph Strickland of the Diocese of Tyler, Texas.

“LifeSite News is reporting that the pope may ask Bishop Strickland to resign,” he said. “Hopefully, this will not happen, because it would be the last straw for many Catholics in the United States and elsewhere who are seeing within the church the same ideological weaponization of otherwise legitimate processes that we are seeing in the U.S. government against conservatives, pro-life people, and the MAGA movement.

“What has now become a pattern in the Catholic community ends up weakening the authority of the Church, and the trust that people have in their earthly shepherds. There is no transparency to these processes, which result in clear punishment for no clear crimes.

“Whatever happens, the faithful need to unite in their homes, and in various movements and associations that pursue the goal of preserving the authentic Catholic faith, the pro-life, agenda, and conservative politics. In the end, these movements will do more to preserve the Church and her freedom than many of the left-leaning shepherds are doing.”

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