Pope Francis has chosen the nuclear option.
He's officially removing the bishop of Tyler, Texas.
On Nov. 11, the Pontiff ordered the removal of the bishop of Tyler, Texas.
Bishop Joseph Strickland is a conservative who's always been active on social media, and Pope Francis had apparently had enough of it.
Strickland has a reputation as one of the fiercest critics of Pope Francis around.
As a result, Pope Francis has "relieved" Bishop Joseph Strickland from the pastoral governance of Tyler, Texas.
Pope Francis has appointed the bishop of Austin, Texas as a temporary administrator.
Strickland, who is 65 years old, has emerged as one of the most notable detractors of Pope Francis in recent years.
As a result, Francis decided to kick Strickland out for "undermining the deposit of faith."
One of the things that Strickland has been very vocal about is the fact that Pope Francis has been working hard to incorporate LGBT values into the church, something with which Strickland does not agree.
Reports even surfaced that the Vatican had asked Strickland to resign in the past, but that he declined.
Strickland's logic was that he had been "given a mandate to serve as bishop in 2012 by the late Pope Benedict XVI and couldn’t abdicate that responsibility."
When Strickland was asked if he regrets any of his actions, he said that he wasn't going to apologize for standing up for what he believed to be true according to Jesus Christ.
He not only stands by his decision, but says that he would make the same choices if given a second chance.
"I feel very much at peace in the Lord and the truth that he died for," Strickland said.
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