You might be thinking this article’s headline is the start of a bad joke. You’d be right, except it’s no laughing matter.
It seems a day doesn’t go by without hearing about someone who’s being attacked for saying things everyone knows are true, and this past week showed just how widespread this cancer has become, as each of these individuals or entities has tried to silence their critics for doing just that.
Last Saturday, Pope Francis removed Bishop Joseph Strickland from his post overseeing the Diocese of Tyler, Texas, ostensibly for his poor governance of the diocese but more likely for his frequent use of social media to share controversial opinions and even criticize the pope.
Strickland has accused President Biden of being a “fake” Catholic over his support for abortion, denounced a prominent pro-LGBTQ priest’s embrace of “Pride Month” as “blasphemous,” and criticized Francis for “undermining the Deposit of Faith” by failing to adhere to Catholic doctrine regarding these issues.
Strickland was visited this summer by representatives from the Vatican conducting a formal investigation into his leadership of the diocese,…
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