Pope Francis removes outspoken conservative bishop

 November 13, 2023

Pope Francis has ordered the removal of Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas after he refused to resign following what many consider a sham investigation.

Galveston-Houston Archbishop Cardinal Daniel DiNardo told reporters, "As a result of the visitation, the recommendation was made to the Holy Father that the continuation in office of Bishop Strickland was not feasible."

Strickland has been a thorn in Pope Francis's side and has become a rallying point for conservative Catholics who are fighting back against Pope Francis's progressive ideas.

Pope Francis has pushed for the normalization of LGBTQ+ individuals in the Catholic Church as well as for changes to the Catholic Church's stance on abortion.

The Pontiff has also ordered bishops and priests to stop performing traditional Catholic Masses that many view as an important part of the Church's history.

Strickland once said back in May that, "I believe Pope Francis is the Pope, but it is time for me to say that I reject his program of undermining the Deposit of Faith. Follow Jesus." That comment might have very well cost him his position and ignited a schism in the Catholic Church.