News broke this morning that the stalwart man of God, Bishop Strickland of Tyler Texas was removed from his diocese. The official announcement was terse:
The Holy Father has removed Bishop Joseph E. Strickland from the pastoral care of the diocese of Tyler, United States of America, and has appointed Bishop Joe Vásquez of Austin as apostolic administrator of the same diocese, rendering it sede vacante.
This is the definition of arbitrary power: the reason given is that it is the will of the Pope.
This is the definition of bishops being treated as “Vicars of the Roman Pontiff” (condemned by Lumen Gentium).
This is the definition of the spirit of Vatican I.
The Catholic Church has become a tyranny of arbitrary power, wielded by the vicar of Logos Incarnate. It is the very essence of anti-Logos: voluntarism.
What is voluntarist justice? The will of the stronger power over the weaker power.
The Pope is not bound by laws of God or laws of men – canon law, Tradition, whatever else may bind him to justice.
His will is law. His whim is decree.
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