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Contact: Leslie Palma
TITUSVILLE, FL -- Priests for Life National Director Frank Pavone is urging Christians of all denominations to sign a statement of solidarity with Bishop Joseph Strickland of the Diocese of Tyler, Texas, who reportedly is being pressured by the Vatican to resign.
In a letter released this morning, Pavone wrote:
“We need spiritual leaders who, like Bishop Strickland, are not afraid to call out politicians – like Joe Biden – for their support of child-killing and for trying to say that promoting abortion is compatible with Christian Faith. It is not and will never be.
We need spiritual leaders who, like Bishop Strickland, are not afraid to participate publicly in gatherings that object to the blasphemy committed by the “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence” in Dodgers Stadium.”
To read the full letter and to sign on, visit StandWithBishopStrickland.com. The idea for this letter was Pavone’s initiative, and not a request from anyone else.
News outlets are reporting that Pope Francis met over the weekend with Archbishop Robert Prevost, OSA, head of the Dicastery for Bishops, and Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States to discuss Bishop Strickland. A source told a Catholic news outlet the pope is not likely to remove the bishop but that he will ask for the bishop’s resignation.
“Spiritual leaders are called to model courage, not cowardice,” Pavone wrote in his letter.
To honor Bishop Strickland’s unfailing commitment to saving the unborn, Pavone asks all to join him at the National Prayer Service on the morning of the January 19 March for Life in Washington, D.C. to present Bishop Strickland with the National Pro-Life Recognition Award.