Bishop Strickland’s Public Statement to the Diocese


Our Holy Father needs to address this situation soon in my opinion.


Bishop Strickland’s Public Statement to the Diocese

Luke Heintschel August 26, 2018 Bishop Strickland, Catholic Life & Culture, General News, Pope Francis, Priests

Dear Priests, Deacons, Religious and all Holy Faithful of the Diocese of Tyler,

A letter (see below) by Archbishop Vigano, former Nuncio to the United States, raises grave allegations and calls for the resignation of numerous high ranking prelates including Pope Francis.

Let us be clear that they are still allegations but as your shepherd I find them to be credible. Using this standard the response must be a thorough investigation similar to those conducted any time allegations are deemed to be credible. I do not have the authority to launch such an investigation but I will lend my voice in whatever way necessary to call for this investigation and urge that it’s findings demand accountability of all found to be culpable even at the highest levels of the Church.

As this unfolds I urge all in the Diocese of Tyler to pray fervently for Holy Mother Church and beg the Intercession of Our Blessed Mother. We are the flock of Jesus Christ. He is Lord of His Church and His Holy Spirit will guide us through this darkness.

Almighty God Father, Son and Spirit have mercy on your Church and cleanse her in the fires of your Love.

Blessed Virgin Mary, Pray for us

All Sainted Popes & Bishops in Heaven, Pray for us

All Holy Men and Women, Pray for us

I direct all priests to include this notice in the masses on August 26, and post it on their websites and other social media immediately.

Most Reverend Joseph E. Strickland

Bishop of Tyler


Scott Hahn and Teresa Tomeo both shared this.


Dlee. Would you mind posting the Dr. Hahn link?

Thank you.

God bless.



I am not questioning the bishop’s judgment, but what in particular makes him determine these allegations are ‘credible’? The details of that matter, especially since credible accusation is a term used in regards to abuse cases.


I don’t know what metric Bishop Strickland is using.

I am just trying to be attentive for now before drawing conclusions.

I was hoping Pope Francis would address this, but he recently said he would not. And that people are to draw their own conclusions.

Pope Francis was talking to the press, but I assume he meant that for all of us (to draw our own conclusions) too.

So we will have to look at these things ever-closer as we are directed by the Holy Father to draw our own conclusions. (We will need to be well informed to do what the Holy Father is asking of us.)


Why do you suppose that the Pope did not deny the allegations in the letter?


Why do you suppose that the Pope did not deny the allegations in the letter?

I read the paper in its entirety.

A lot of these things can be verified. The priest from France (Monsignor Jean-François Lantheaume, the former first counsellor at the apostolic nunciature in Washington D.C.) already has to some extent.

But as to WHY the Pope has not denied this . . . I am still prayerfully discerning. (I don’t know why. This seems like it is going to fester if not promptly addressed. The issue isn’t going away soon.)

How 'bout you AlNg? Any thoughts on “why” the Holy Father isn’t denying this (that you are willing to share at this point)?


It was on my Facebook feed.
I’ll try.


This Bishop seems to have an axe to grind with the Pope, to write a letter like this to his flock right away without even waiting for the Pope’s response.

I’m glad the Bishops of the dioceses where I spend time have been more prudent and not gone rushing to issue letters like this.


In my mind, credible just means “believable.” It’s not that we can say it is certainly true. But it’s believable enough that we can’t immediately discount it as false.

I admit, I was a bit surprised to see a bishop come out and say this so quickly.


These bishops who are publicly crying foul about Pope Francis are flying either their self-righteousness, or their hypocrisy high on a flag pole. I’m guessing it’s both with this bishop and Archbishop Vigano.


I was also surprised, but I am glad he did. And I agree with you about the definition of credible. I do not know if the allegations are true or false. But the further I got through the letter the more credible it appeared. Many of us have asked for an accounting of those men who knew and/or covered up McCarrick’s actions. The further I read, the more it dawned on me that these are exactly the types of actions and details we would not be surprised to see from a factual report if the whole thing was thoroughly and openly investigated.


Bishop Strickland was only ordained a bishop in 2011. Based on this timing, I suspect that his hands are relatively clean with respect to clerical abuse coverups. So I don’t think he is being hypocritical. I also see nothing self-righteous in his letter, not do I see that he is crying foul about Pope Francis. He simply said that Vigano’s letter appears credible to him and there should be an investigation.
I will note that the US Bishops, as a whole, called for an investigation to answer outstanding questions about the McCarrick affair just 2 weeks ago. Those outstanding questions can only be: who knew of and abetted or ignored the actions of McCarrick. It seems to me that Bishop Strickland is simply saying that Archbishop’s Vigano’s letter is cause to reiterate that call. I would think most people would agree. Do we really just want the remaining of the McCarrick affair swept under the rug?


Judging by the posts of several of my friends on Facebook, the whole report is resonating with many of them quite a bit. One even commented on how the report pretty well helps them make sense of the past 50 years—bishops and priests being inexplicably weak on certain moral issues, abuse being covered up, McCarrick rising through the ranks despite people trying to blow the whistle on him even back 20 years ago, etc… If Vigano’s account is true, it kind of explains it all.

I still am skeptical that all of his comments are true—particularly those that are based on his assuming to know what others are thinking. But I’d be hard-pressed to say that Vigano just made the whole thing up out of thin air.

I do hope that people do some digging on this until the truth comes out. I’m very curious to hear further commentary from people like John Allen and Rocco Palmo—reporters that seem to be pretty plugged in to the Vatican goings-on.


Ha, those are the same two people I am looking forward to heading from. I have checked Palmo’s Whisper blog two or three times this morning.


The following is a statement from Fr. Carlos Martins, a priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit, about why Archbishop Vigano’s testimony is credible and he is believable on this matter (original link is here for those who can view it:


The people that are in US Catholic media that are rushing to the torches and pitchforks is surprising to me. Arroyo didn’t surprise me that much. He’s been after Pope Francis for awhile. Scott Hahn was a surprise, Patrick Coffin was, and to a lesser degree, Tomeo. I’m learning more about them than I am the pope with their responses. It’s disappointing.


Thank you for posting these insights tseleehw.

In the meantime, I will continue prayerfully watching closely.


Sorry - this is the best I can do

Scott Hahn

Yesterday at 12:06 PM ·

Thank you, Bishop Strickland…

Bishop Strickland’s Public Statement to the Diocese


Thank you Dlee!

Just what I wanted.

I have great respect for Dr. Scott Hahn. Hahn’s opinion matters a lot to me.

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