Pope Francis Removes Texas Bishop Joseph Strickland from OfficeNovember 12, 2023
Pope Francis dismisses outspoken conservative Texas Bishop Joseph Strickland after investigation into Tyler Diocese administration. Vatican confirms Strickland relieved of pastoral governance and Bishop Joe Vasquez of Austin Diocese appointed as temporary administrator. Result of “apostolic visitation” not released, but Cardinal Daniel DiNardo says continuation of Strickland in office not feasible. Strickland previously refused to resign and has been critical of Pope Francis and President Biden.