I will be the first to say that I am not a fan of organized religions—an individual’s faith is a matter between them and God, all intermediaries simply represent man-made tampering.
That being said, deception is even worse than organized religious institutions. If someone owns a shoe factory, they better be making shoes and not sandwiches.
The same can be said of the Catholic Church, why does the Vatican purport to be a steward of this faith while simultaneously re-writing the faith, the history, and the cannon to better fit a woke mold?
Organized man-made institutions or not, they should at least focus on preserving their own tenets that they purportedly represent—not ever-changing dictums that have all the solidity of the wind on a gloomy fall day.
Hindu temples should preserve Hindu teachings, Mosques should preserve Muslim teachings, and Churches should preserve Christian teachings, not change them for political purposes. This is not the function of a religious institution.
One of the Pope’s biggest critics has repeatedly argued this exact point and now he has been personally removed by the current Pope.
Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler Texas was removed from his post, without explanation, by the Pope—I’ll let you read on and determine why you think Bishop Tyler Strickland was removed from his position.
BREAKING. Pope Francis has removed Bishop Joseph Strickland from governance of the Diocese of Tyler, Texas. An Auxiliary Bishop of Austin has been named administrator. Pray for @BishStrickland He was asked to resign, refused to do so, now the Pope has formally removed him. pic.twitter.com/y081MuzLCy
— Raymond Arroyo (@RaymondArroyo) November 11, 2023
Pope Francis has personally removed Americas’s Bishop Joseph Strickland pic.twitter.com/s0D51ZKklC
— John-Henry Westen (@JhWesten) November 11, 2023
The Wall Street Journal had more on the story:
Strickland’s firing follows a Vatican investigation this summer, which led to the conclusion that “the continuation in office of Bishop Strickland was not feasible,” according to a statement on Saturday from Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston, who oversees the Catholic hierarchy in southeastern Texas.
The cardinal’s statement didn’t specify why Strickland’s departure was recommended. Strickland was asked on Thursday to resign, but refused, DiNardo said.
It is extremely rare for the pope to remove a bishop in such a manner, as opposed to requesting and receiving his resignation.
Michael Haynes provided this quote from Bishop Strickland: “The Church exists not to redefine matters of faith, but to safeguard the Deposit of Faith as it has been handed down to us from Our Lord Himself through the apostles & the saints & martyrs.”
“The #Church exists not to redefine matters of faith,” said Bishop Joseph Strickland in August, “but to safeguard the Deposit of Faith as it has been handed down to us from Our Lord Himself through the apostles & the saints & martyrs.”
+Strickland is now removed by #PopeFrancis pic.twitter.com/87vlbgsYM6
— Michael Haynes 🇻🇦 (@MLJHaynes) November 11, 2023
Notable pro-life and Catholic activist Frank Pavone writes: “Pope Francis has removed Bishop Joseph Strickland from his position as Bishop of Tyler, TX. No reason given. But reasons should be given, out of respect for everyone impacted by this decision. We see a tyrannical weaponization of both civil and ecclesiastical government.”
Pope Francis has removed Bishop Joseph Strickland from his position as Bishop of Tyler, TX.
No reason given.
But reasons should be given, out of respect for everyone impacted by this decision.
We see a tyrannical weaponization of both civil and ecclesiastical government.
— Frank Pavone (@frfrankpavone) November 11, 2023
France 24 featured a related report:
In a document published on Wednesday, the powerful Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, one of the main departments that manages the affairs of the Holy See, said transgender believers can be baptised if it would not cause scandal or confusion.
The document, written in response to questions from a Brazilian bishop and approved by Pope Francis, also raised no objections to baptism for the children of same-sex couples, either adopted or born through surrogacy.