The former Prefect of the Dicastery (formerly Congregation) for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, has issued a strong statement of support for Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, advising him to “not resign.”
In a statement published on kath.net September 21, Müller offered his support to Strickland. “It is terrible what is being done to Bishop Strickland, an abuse of office against the divine right of the episcopate,” stated Müller.
“If I could advise Bishop Strickland, he should definitely not resign, because then they [Vatican authorities] can wash their hands of it,” added the German cardinal.
Strickland has emerged as one of the most straight-talking and vocal defenders of Catholic teaching in the United States, a point which has often placed his teaching in seeming juxtaposition to the statements made by Pope Francis.
The bishop has been the subject of much scrutiny among the Catholic media ever since it was revealed that he was subject to an apostolic visitation in June 2023. His visitation was conducted by two retired bishops: Bishop Dennis Sullivan of Camden, New Jersey, and former Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, Arizona.
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