The Vatican Targets Bishop Following Pride Protest

The Vatican Is Targeting a Bishop for Leading a Protest

( – Texas Bishop Joseph Strickland is known as a Catholic firebrand who is often embroiled in controversies. He has repeatedly made controversial remarks online, even disparaging Pope Francis. Now he’s under investigation by the Vatican.

On June 26, the communications director for the Diocese of Tyler, Elizabeth Slaten, told the National Catholic Reporter (NCR) that Strickland was under investigation. She explained that she could not talk about the probe at all. “The whole process was very confidential,” she said. The Holy See, which is the Catholic Church’s central government, is carrying out the investigation.

Slaten did mention that the apostolic visitation took place over a few days the week before she confirmed it happened.

The diocese has not revealed why the bishop is under investigation. However, some speculate that it might be related to his bombastic presence on social media, where he regularly attacks Progressives, the pope, the Catholic Church, and others he believes aren’t living right. For example, on June 27, he called the Catholic Church corrupt.

Strickland also called a summer celebrating Pride “the summer of sin.”

Additionally, the bishop traveled to Los Angeles to lead a procession in the parking lot outside of Dodger Stadium. Members of the Catholic Church were angry after the baseball team announced it was going to honor the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a group of trans and queer nuns. The Catholic Church called the event an act of blasphemy.

Strickland has accused Pope Francis of “undermining the Deposit of Faith.” He said he rejected that practice and told everyone to “Follow Jesus.”

The Apostolic Nunciature in the US capital, which serves as the Vatican’s embassy, has not responded to questions seeking comment. It’s unclear when the results of the investigation will be known or whether they will even be made public.

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