Bishop Strickland Issues Warning Over ‘Deep Corruption’ in Vatican

A conservative bishop who was removed from his position by Pope Francis last year has accused the Vatican of “deep corruption.”

“There will be no peace in the Catholic Church until the McCarrick scandal is fully exposed along with all the corrupt prelates who are connected to it,” Joseph Strickland wrote on X, formerly Twitter.

“The smoke & mirrors billowing out of the Vatican are just efforts to hide the deep corruption. Pray & cling to Jesus & His Church.”

Strickland declined to provide further comment when contacted by Newsweek. The Vatican has been contacted for comment via email.

One of the pope’s most vocal critics among U.S. Catholic conservatives, Strickland was dismissed from his position as the bishop of Tyler, Texas, in 2023.

Strickland’s post on X was referring to Theodore McCarrick, an American cardinal who was defrocked by Francis in 2019 after a Vatican investigation confirmed decades of rumors that he was a sexual predator.

It was written in response to a post that criticized the Vatican for reportedly summoning Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the former Vatican ambassador to the U.S., to face schism charges.

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