Bishop Joseph Strickland has told me that the apostolic nuncio to the United States, Cardinal Christophe Pierre, explicitly asked him not to attend the U.S. bishops’ meeting in Baltimore this week.
There has been much controversy around the shocking removal of Bishop Strickland from his position as the shepherd and bishop of Tyler, Texas.
Many wondered whether Bishop Strickland would attend the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) meeting in Baltimore this week.
According to the USCCB website, only active bishops are allowed to vote in plenary assemblies, but “Emeritus bishops are welcome to attend the Assemblies and participate in discussion and other activities.”
So, according to these rules, Bishop Strickland is allowed to attend the USCCB meeting. However, it appears Apostolic Nuncio Cardinal Christophe Pierre told him not to attend the Baltimore meeting.
As LifeSiteNews reported, Bishop Strickland did not participate in the USCCB gathering. Instead, he led a Rosary with hundreds of Catholics at the waterfront side of the Marriott Waterfront Hotel Inner Harbor East, where the bishops were gathered for their meetings.
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