In a new statement from Bishop Strickland, His Excellency says the following:
I have said publicly that I cannot resign as Bishop of Tyler because that would be me abandoning the flock that I was given charge of by Pope Benedict XVI. I have also said that I will respect the authority of Pope Francis if he removes me from office as Bishop of Tyler. I love Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church which He established. My only desire is to speak His Truth and live God’s Will to the best of my ability.
This would appear to indicate that His Excellency intends to submit to an unjust, tyrannical order for his resignation from the Dictator Pope. It may also mean that he will refuse a request for his resignation, forcing the Vatican regime to order his removal publicly.
If this is the case, it is important for the faithful to support His Excellency in whatever he decides, if and when the unjust order comes down.
If he submits, he imitates Christ and many saints who have humbly submitted to unjust treatment, and can any one doubt that the good bishop will merit many graces for the faithful in this suffering?
If he refuses to submit, he would manfully resist the Vatican regime of iconoclasm and the faithful would rally around him.
Whatever he does, we need to be ready as the faithful to support him. Because no one can doubt he is a good bishop doing what he can do with God’s help.
Interestingly, the Texan bishop also said this:
As you probably know there was an Apostolic Visitation of the diocese conducted the week of June 19-24. Bishop Kicanas, retired from Tuscan, Arizona and Bishop Sullivan, from Camden, New Jersey spent the week interviewing various people about the condition of the diocese and concluded by interviewing me.
I have not heard from any Church official from Rome since the visitation concluded on June 24. I was not given a reason for the visitation, and I have not received any report since.
Last week an article was published on a website called, “The Pillar”, and the article alleged that a meeting was held with Pope Francis where some of the members of the Congregation for Bishops recommended that I be encouraged to resign as Bishop of Tyler. Let me be clear that I have received no communication from Rome regarding this. At this point it is simply and article discussing supposed leaked information from the Vatican (emphasis added).
So +Strickland has already submitted to an unjust procedure by the Vatican regime, who invaded his jurisdiction without any reason whatsoever. This is an act of disgrace by the bishop of Rome to his brother bishop in Texas.
Yet it is par for the course for the Dictator Pope.
We are at war with the Third Pornocracy. This is why we have to support Bishop Strickland, whatever he does.
Timothy S. Flanders earned a BA in Greek and Latin from Grand Valley State University in 2010 with special studies in history, writing and Arabic. As a result of his studies, he converted from Protestantism to Eastern Orthodoxy and began working in education among ages Kindergarten to adult. He then pursued a Masters’ Degree in Christian history and theology with the Catholic University of Ukraine. In 2013, as a result of further searching, he converted to Roman Catholicism shortly after Pope Francis was elected. In 2019 he founded The Meaning of Catholic, a lay apostolate dedicated to uniting Catholics against the enemies of Holy Church. In 2021, he became the editor-in-chief of the online journal, OnePeterFive. He is the author of three books: Introduction to the Holy Bible for Traditional Catholics, City of God versus City of Man: The Battles of the Church from Antiquity to the Present and When the Gates of Hell Prevail: What Catholics Do in Dark Times, as well as a forthcoming book about Eastern Orthodoxy, published by St. Paul Center. He lives in Michigan with his wife and six children.