Health and Human Services (HHS) Sec. Xavier Becerra, a self-described Catholic, might need to revisit his faith’s catechism, Bishop Joseph Strickland suggested on Wednesday.
Fox News asked Strickland, who oversees the diocese of Tyler, Texas, about Becerra’s department revoking waivers for faith-based child welfare groups and altering enforcement provisions for religious liberty.
“More brokenness from so[-]called Catholics,” Strickland told Fox News. He added that “maybe we should send him a catechism.”
The catechism, which lays out doctrine for the Catholic faith, asserts that religious liberty is a “natural right” that “ought to be acknowledged in the juridical order of society in such a way that it constitutes a civil right….”
Last week, HHS announced that it would revoke waivers for faith-based entities, such as foster care organizations that refused to serve same-sex couples. Becerra said at the time that “we treat any violation of civil rights or religious freedoms seriously.” That statement echoed others he made during his confirmation hearing but didn’t resemble his actions, critics have said….
The above comes from a Nov. 26 story on Fox News.
Bishop Strickland is a wonderful Bishop with guts and calls it like it is a rare breed indeed and a real man’s man! Also he has given total support to Father Altman as well during his persecution.
Bishop Strickland embarrassed himself at the USCCB meeting when his proposal to add language to the Eucharist document that those who cause scandal would have it better if a millstone were tied around their necks was met with deafening silence and swift rejection.
Strickland is a marginal, conservative outlier in a body of bishops where more rational, less reactionary minds prevail.
No. Love Bishop Strickland, a very rare, dedicated, honest, manly, courageous, saintly Catholic bishop. He brought tears to my eyes, kneeling in prayer with the Catholic lay group outside the USCCB meeting, protesting the bishops, asking for rightful protection and honor for the Holy Eucharist– no Communion for evil, false “Catholic” baby killers.
Don’t idolize men.
Don’t idolize– No. I idolize no one. I appreciate and respect the very, very extremely few Roman Catholic clerics that we are blessed to have today, who are honest, devout, authentic Catholic leaders. Cardinal Burke, Bishop Strickland, Abp. Vigano, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Bishops Paprocki, Thomas Tobin, Baker, and Bishop Baldacchino (who refuse to give Communion to false “Catholic” politicians), our Abp. Cordileone– and a very few others. The son of deceased SCOTUS Judge Antonin Scalia, Fr. Paul Scalia, likewise sounds very honest and true to Our Lord Jesus Christ. Want to add to this short list?
How in the world is pointing out a person’s fine qualities idolizing? Should we rather not thank God that such people exist? Or do you doubt B. Strickland is a rare man of exceptional virtue? If so state it plainly.
Bishop Strickland was merely quoting the Lord Jesus Christ from scripture. Of course, there are degrees of fault. Certainly, telling a child to tell a small lie, cannot be compared to actually raping a child, which requires punishment.
BTW, I have never asked one of my children, nor anyone else’s, to tell an actual lie for me. I might have a child tell someone on the phone that I am indisposed or cannot come to the phone at that time, but have never had the child tell an outright lie such as I am not there, and I call the person back if requested. To protect someone from murder would be different.
Regarding my last post, I meant I do not every remember asking a child to tell a deliberate lie for me AS an adult. When I did as a child or teen, I don’t remember, but as an adult, I have always made it a point not to ask children to deliberately lie for me.
I am not sure Bishop Strickland actually said that either, I should have looked it up first but can’t find it now, and if he did he was merely quoting the Bible. “Embarrassed” could have made the whole thing up. Have to watch for that!
Yes, I’m sure that’s exactly how it went down….not…
Why don’t you people read news reports? It’s exactly how it went down:
Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, an outspoken critic of the president, asked colleagues to amend the document by quoting the church catechism and the Bible as saying anyone who creates scandal would be better off having a “millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in … the sea.”
The proposal was met with silence when put to a voice vote and was not adopted.
Thank you for the link. I still would like to see video of it. Sometimes things read differently than they seem when you actually see them.
So that was not mentioned at the meeting at all. Perhaps that was what the bishop said about footnotes .The footnote is to CCC 2984 and it is 2985 that has the quote about the millstone So maybe it was disingenuous. It may have been something that was on the bishop’s papers but no-he did not say that at the meeting.
Embarrassed, did our Lord Jesus “embarrass” Himself when He spoke of millstones?
Bishop Strickland is following our Lord Jesus, Saint John the Baptist and countless Saints and others who love enough to speak the truth, even when it is not popular. At one time, most bishops fell into the Arian heresy. Truth is not determined by popular vote. Maybe the silence of many bishops is based more on fear than on rational thought. See what the Holy Spirit says in 1 Corinthians 5:9-13 and 11:23-32. (And, have you ever wondered why parishes, vocations and Catholic life is flourishing in the Diocese of Tyler?)
“…that those who cause scandal would have it better if a millstone were tied around their necks..”( a reference to Matt 18:6)– Jesus also said that if anyone was ashamed of his words, the Father would be ashamed of that person. So Embarrassed, are you ashamed of Jesus’ words, or B. Strickland’s use of them? If the latter, on what basis do you find this comment inappropriate?. Are not abortion advocates like Biden and Pelosi spoiling for a fight with the Almighty at judgment, a fight they are sure to lose? In light of the eternal consequences involved, I find it decidedly irrational that the bishops remained relatively silent on this matter.
On youtube at the 51:00 mark of the USCCB fall meeting 2021, Day 2 Part 2, Bishop Strickland asks for reconsideration of an amendment of #16 in the document which had been rejected by the Committee (On Doctrine, maybe). The rejection was allowed to stand by voice vote.
I tried to find video or audio that confirms this. I have a hard time believing he called them “so called Catholics.”
I would not say that Bishop embarrassed himself at all. What he said was actually very biblical.
Couldn’t wait to attack the good Bishop, how very nice of you, like our Pope Benedict the XVI said the future of the Church will be smaller but more devout.
I will take a real bishop who is a man and not afraid to be a man and a leader of the church who speaks the truth, then any lavender bishop we have disgusting and embarrassing.
Bishop Strickland is said to have quoted Qanon, just demonstrating where his head is at.
YFC— Bishop Strickland “IS SAID” to have quoted Qanon? If you aren’t sure of the facts, don’t make accusations.
Maybe YFC just heard it from the friend of a friend who thought he might have heard it somewhere from someone else.
YFC, can you reference Bishop Strickland quoting QAnon? “Is said to have” is hearsay at best, if not calumny.
The Bishop quoting QAnon (more than once?) is the issue you’re raising. And, if what was said by QAnon, BLM, Dr. Fauci, Ted Cruz, or anyone else happens to be true, it isn’t any less true because they said it. Truth is the issue here, not “is said to have quoted…”
I’m not familiar with that book of the Bible.
Bib, dissenting left-wing Catholics get it confused with Qoheleth from the Book of Ecclesiastes. They don’t read the Bible, that’s why they confuse it with QAnon. They also sometimes confuse King Saul with Saul Alinsky and his Rules for Radicals with Moses’ Ten Commandments and James Martin with James, author of a universal epistle. Is that now as clear and logical as government COVID rules?
Can you cite a source?
I have been trying to verify anything that has been said here about him and so far, I have not found anythiing.
The one I have been able to verify as not correct is the first comment by Romulus Augustus-Bishop Strickland did not give “total support” to Father Altman, especially since his “persecution”, which I assume means his discipline by his bishop.
He supports Father Altman when he speaks Catholic Truth. He supports the Catholic Truth being stated about abortion and about same-sex marriage. He said that he did not know the circumstances of Father Altman’s removal from ministry. He said that he did not agree with some of Father Altman’s opinions, but they are just his opinions. He said that Father Altman should obey his bishop.
It seems to me that people are distorting what the bishop says. They may just be remembering it wrong or they may have a bad source of information.
My source was a Pints with Aquinas podcast on youtube. I don’t want to give the link because the youtubes show up big now in the comment section.
Sorry. I think I messed up my source. I am still in the middle of the Pints with Aquinas video.
It was in an interview with Fr. Mark Goring on Youtube.
it is called Bishop Strickland responds to removal of Fr. Altman. It is easy to find and is not as long as the Pints video.
And Strickland is free to quote whoever he wishes to quote, after all this is still The United States of America or is it? If it was up to the Democrat Party it would be the People’s Republic of America.
Of course Bishop Strickland can quote whoever he wants. He can even quote Charles Manson if he likes. I’m not sure there is much difference between Qanon and Manson, however.
Here is one reference: https://www.ncronline.org/news/people/catholic-bishop-praises-jim-caviezels-speech-qanon-connected-conference
Here is Bishop Strickland’s own tweet urging the listening to Qanon speeches: https://mobile.twitter.com/bishopoftyler/status/1452714358459490314
The speech is by Jim Caveizel, the guy who played Jesus in The Passion of the Christ. Thank you for providing a link.
Your welcome, and yes the actor, who was speaking at a Qanon meeting.
Qanon is all in your mind. Just a radical leftest word for anyone who disagrees with them. The boogie man of the left.
Take off the tin foil hat. Bishop Strickland is not on the right, nor a conservative, nor a Qanon — just Catholic.
I don’t have any idea what QAnon is, and have previously only heard that the mysterious QAnon is a terrible radical group of some kind. I have also heard that the group is fictional and does not really exist. But I just loved Jim Caviezel’s speech. Will listen to it a couple more times, keep it permanently, and share it with others. This group, QAnon, sounds like it is very patriotic and very pro-Christian. Is that true? If so– that is very inspiring. I will try to find out more, and see what the truth is.
Apparently Anne you don’t follow news. Qanon is real and really dangerous, and a bishop promoting q speakers should be ashamed of himself.
“Qanon is real and really dangerous, and a bishop promoting q speakers should be ashamed of himself.” Yes unlike the bishops who cause scandal by letting heretics like Biden, Pelosi and the rest of the crowd receive the Blessed Sacrament despite their unmitigated support for child killing.
Nice try, YFC, you sound like Stan in the Monty Python skit “Loretta”. That skit is rather racy, but it “hits the nail right on the head”. Stan WAS delusional, and only one man in the skit had the guts to tell them all they were wrong in encouraging him. Even the actors found Stan’s ideas so nutty, they had to cover their faces to keep from laughing in one part. YFC and some others are in a hell (LGBTWXYZ+++) of their own making and want to take us with them. I guess “Q” are the normal people.
Basically, what YFC is telling you is that people, such of those who believe that marriage is between one man and one woman, are queer (Q’s). He suffers from reversals as do all those who misuse the rainbow. He gave us the impression years ago on here that he thinks it is alright for a man to be “married” to a man.
Anne TE, I am definitely talking outside my personal field of knowledge, but from what I understand the Q at the end of LGBTQ stands for queer or some people say questioning. The Q in QAnon is the name of a person who comments on a website called 4chan. He or she claimed to be someone in the military with special knowledge. It is the name that they posted under like you post under the name Anne TE. According to the Internet, Q has not posted in a long time.
In the LGBTQ understanding of queer, it can be someone who is not straight but not OK with being labeled gay or lesbian or bisexual. Some people don’t want to be labeled male or female. Some people learn about themselves by doing-so they get in a relationship that is gay and they realized “this is not me” and until they get to a place where they feel that they truly fit, they do not know what to label themselves. Some just don’t want to be labeled at all. People who believe that marriage is between one man and one woman are not called queer.
Q as in Qanon has nothing to do with queer in anyones mind except those who are so obsessed with the gays that they can’t even think straight.
The coastal elitist wants to suppress the views that oppose the will of the ruling elite. But they will let the sexual perverts parade through society….
YFC, B. Strickland is not urging the listening to Qanon speeches but to listen to Jim Caveizel’s talk. So what did you find offensive in the talk, because that is the real issue. Please respond with specifics on the actor’s words, and thanks in advance.
Anne, I guess you didn’t hear about the recent Qanon gathering in Deely Plaza in Dallas in which they claimed JFK jr was going to be resurrected and run with Donald Trump. And you think -I’m- delusional?
And for the rest of you this is the same Qanon that Bishop Strickland recommends you listen to.
Dan his address was at a Qanon event. If he doesn’t at least believe the major outlines of what Q believes, why is he there?
Sorry YFC, but your reply to my post was irrelevant and avoided the question. So I will ask it again: what in the actor’s talk gave you offense? B. Strickland lauded the talk, not the occasion of its giving. Please, no more obfuscation. And again, thanks in advance.
I’m not going to poison my mind with junk anymore than I have to. Qanon is junk and speeches at Qanon meetings are junk and tweets by bishops encouraging Qanon speeches are junk. Listening to this speech would be a near occasion of sin. Our country is going into a huge junkyard because crazy Q anon believers think JFKjr is going to be resurrected in Dallas and run as Trumps running mate. And you want me to listen to that junk?
I cannot reply to YFC’s 10:05 post as there is no reply button. So if allowed I will reply to my post urging YFC to respond to that which annoyed him in Jim Caveizel’s talk. His non-response saddened me. He originally said “Bishop Strickland is said to have quoted Qanon, just demonstrating where his head is at.” The inference one would naturally draw is that B. Strickland is unbalanced and dangerous. But B. Strickland was recommending Jim Caveizel’s talk and nothing else. Where it was given was incidental. What was said in the talk was the only point of relevance. The only point. As such YFC has defamed B. Strickland, who on all accounts is an honorable man and one of the brighter stars in the ecclesiastical firmament. Had I been guilty of sullying the good bishop’s name, I would expect to be held accountable by my peers on this blog, and would apologize. Et tu, YFC?
Oh Poor Bishop Strickland. Victim. Unable to defend himself.
Sources matter, Dan. I am merely pointing out his poor choice of sources. If that defames or victimizes him, I feel no sorrow, except for you.
Maybe to convert them away from Scientology and the occult. Hollywood is filled with Scientology and the occult. As far as that man you say is the real Qanon, I have heard about Qanon but have never heard him speak nor want to do so. I do not believe JFK jr. died and will be resurrected. Quite simply put, he was not that virtuous.
This reply was meant for YFC’s post Dec. ! at 10:05 am.
I need to clarify, also, that I believe JFK jr. died but not that he is going to resurrected. I do not listen to fake news. There are plenty of people out there who claim to be the Jewish, Islamic or even Christian messiah. The Lord Jesus warned us about such false prophets. We are to ignore them.
When I said I did not think JFK jr. was all that virtuous, I meant he was just a man and not God. I did not mean that he was not a good person as I really do not know that much about him. I believe he will be resurrected on the final Judgment Day as will be all of us, but not until then.
Love to listen regularly, to the Bishop Strickland Hour podcasts on Virgin Most Powerful radio. Bishop Joseph Strickland is a wonderful, rare, dedicated, honest, authentically-Catholic, saintly bishop. The one, lone member of the USCCB who knelt to pray with that group protesting so-called Catholic politicians to receive Holy Communion, at the USCCB meeting. Bishop Strickland is 100% faithful to Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Loved Jim Caviezel’s outstanding speech. Will keep it, and send copies to others. Everyone should hear this– especially, young people.
Thanks for spreading Qanonsense
No, Q, I am not “spreading Qanonsense. Please listen to Jim Caviezel’s fabulous speech. Try listening to it several times. This man has become an outstanding Catholic teacher.
The first 8 minutes was good and then it looked like he was acting and it got weird. He said he was in a movie about trafficking-drugs or what he did not say- so I thought maybe he was doing a scene from it. It made no sense at all. Then he finally says what he is talking about is freedom from sin. That is good but we never achieve that in this world. Even St. John Paul II went to confession every week. (which Bishop Strickland in another video does not advise because it causes scrupulosity.) So the enemy is the devil and you are not supposed to fight him. You fight yourself which may be what the whole thing was about but it was weird.
At least the crowd cheered the Name of Jesus.
cd, No! Lifelong, our Adversary is the Devil. And Christ and Our Lady help us to fight the Evil One. It is intended that God shall completely defeat the Devil, in the end. That is exactly what our Catholic Faith is for. We must be patient, as God is– and patiently put up with our lowly, sinful state, as we go along in life, in our process of seeking purification of sin, day-by-day, with God, Christ and Our Blessed Mother, and our Guardian Angels (and St. Michael the Archangel, plus many other powerful saints and angels) at our side, helping us. We are not abandoned and alone, in our battles, ever. Our Lady is so powerful in her purity and virtue, from her Immaculate Conception– that she is pictured stepping on and crushing sin, symbolized by the serpent — with her bare feet. Christ, Our Savior’s great mission on earth, is saving souls, and guiding us all to Heaven.
Yes, you let God and Mary, St. Michael and the angels, your Guardian Angel fight the devil.
cd– I meant, that God, Christ, Our Lady, our Guardian Angels, etc., all are always there, at our sides, to help us fight the Devil, and help us with our human weaknesses, and our difficult times of temptation. We are not alone! Got plenty of help!
We shouldn’t get scrupulous, or depressed, about sin. We are not the sins that we commit, we are beloved Children of God, who make errors all the time, because of our sinful state– we can’t help it, it’s hard. We all must be patient with ourselves. Patience is the key, and lots of faith in God’s Unconditional Love and Great Mercy. God understands everything. Great big clerics and popes often go to Confession weekly. For us little laymen, though, it is recommended that we go to Confession once a month. And be super-patient, and accepting of ourselves, as is. God loves us exactly the same, eternally– whether we are full of sins, or full of virtues. It is the Devil who afflicts us, and our human weaknesses, but Christ can conquer all of it, bit by bit.
cd and others– Please listen to Jim Caviezel’s speech again, maybe two or three more times. He is speaking the exact truth of our Catholic Faith, just as he was taught, by our Church. He is telling the audience the exact truth of our Catholic Faith, just as a priest might do, in a sermon or class.
The exact truth of our Catholic Faith is that Jesus Christ died so that sins could be forgiven. Jesus Christ is the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, the Son of God. He is eternal but He was made flesh when the Holy Spirit (the Third Person of the Holy Trinity) overshadowed a young virgin named Mary over 2000 years ago in occupied Israel. When he was 33 years old, He was the victim of a conspiracy of the Jewish leadership who caused him to be falsely accused, tortured and executed by crucifixion by the Roman procurator. On the third day after his death, He rose from the dead and was seen on earth for 40 days. He ascended into Heaven by his own power and sent his followers the Holy Spirit so that they could know all revealed Truth and teach it. These followers taught others who became, in time, the Catholic Church. Entry into the Church is available to all who believe in the Truths of the faith through the Sacrament of Baptism which remits all sin. Sins committed after baptism can be absolved by a priest in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Before his death, Jesus Christ instituted the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist in which priests validly ordained are given the power to confect the Sacrament which renders Christ present in His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. The goal of Catholics is to go to Heaven after bodily death (the soul never dies). This is done through faithfulness to the teachings of the Truth, participation in the Sacraments and through the increasing goodness of their thoughts, words and deeds through grace given by God. No one goes to Heaven on their own merits. Catholics pray to Mary and the Saints for help with earthly and spiritual needs.
part of it but… Sounds like you are on your way to becoming a teacher of the Catholic Faith, too! Mary has a special place in helping her Son to save souls, she is our powerful Virgin Mother of God, our Co-Mediatrix, in Heaven.
Th daughter of John Phillips (of 60s hitmakers the Mamas and the Papas) has shared the story of his deathbed conversion.
One of his back up singers was visiting him in the hospital and asked him “Can I tell you about the Gospel, about salvation and about Jesus Christ?”
She told him the Gospel for an hour and then asked him
“Do you have any interest in receiving Christ as your Savior?”
He did. He accepted the Lord. She does not say that he was baptized.
This is what we are supposed to be doing.
Let’s get back to basics.
The Lord knows who is doing what. He is just as aware of the sins of the great as the sins of the small.
Traditionally, Catholics were always taught that no matter what sins you know someone else committed, in God’s eyes yours may be worse.
“The great sins of the world are superficial wounds on My Heart, but the sins of a chosen soul pierce my Heart through and through.” In Diary entry 580, Jesus said to her: “I am more deeply wounded by the small imperfections of chosen souls than by the sins of those living in the world. … These little imperfections are not all. I will reveal to you a secret of my Heart; what I suffer from chosen souls. Ingratitude in return for so many graces is my Heart’s constant food, on the part of such a chosen soul. Their love is lukewarm…”
Well, I am glad to see this here. I did not know what happened. All of a sudden the website went back to the top of the page and the comment was gone. I did not name it great sins superficial. I never got the chance to put my name in.
Well, I looked up the “Patriot Voice” convention in Las Vegas, where Jim Caviezel gave his outstanding speech, and its linkage with “QAnon,” and some of the QAnon beliefs. QAnon makes no sense at all to me. Guess they have a lot of Donald Trump-style political activists, from their end of the Republican Party, with kooky beliefs. Trump was pretty kooky, but we so appreciated his Pro-Life and Pro-Religious Freedom beliefs, Pro-Original American Constitution, patriotic beliefs, and support for Christianity– even though he, himself, wasn’t much of a practitioner of the Christian Faith. QAnon makes no sense at all to me, so I will just ignore that. But I really love Jim Caviezel’s outstanding speech. Couldn’t care less about QAnon.
Whoops! The final word in my
moniker for my post of Nov. 30th at 6:48pm, should be “Speech!”
From reading, it looks like QAnon is a name for a bunch of extreme right-wing political groups, many of them very extreme in their loyalty to their “Napoleon” cult leader– “King Donald Trump.” Many were involved in the Jan. 6th riots at the Capitol last year, and consider Trump to be their prized “president in exile.” They also have many kooky, goofed-up ideas and beliefs, that have no basis at all in reality. Nutty as fruitcakes! Some are potentially violent right-wing political agitators.