TYLER, Texas (LifeSiteNews) — Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, has condemned the German bishops’ newly approved “rite of blessing” for same-sex “unions” as a “blessing of sin” and branded their defiance of Catholic moral teaching an “arrogance” that is “devastating.”
In a March 16 post on Twitter, Strickland declared, “Let us clearly and vigorously denounce this ‘blessing of sin’ which will bring grave harm to those involved and to the Church. The arrogance is devastating.”
Let us clearly and vigorously denounce this “blessing of sin” which will bring grave harm to those involved and to the Church. The arrogance is devastating… https://t.co/nOXmpEMN0f
— Bishop J. Strickland (@Bishopoftyler) March 16, 2023
Earlier this month, Strickland called for a worldwide condemnation of the German bishops’ approval of same-sex “blessings,” saying, “The president of every Bishop’s Conference around the world should denounce the schismatic vote of the 38 German bishops who have voted to bless same sex unions. We must speak out and call them to return to Catholic teaching. They have hardened their hearts to the Truth.”
The president of every Bishop’s Conference around the world should denounce the schismatic vote of the 38 German bishops who have voted to bless same sex unions. We must speak out and call them to return to Catholic teaching. They have hardened their hearts to the Truth.
— Bishop J. Strickland (@Bishopoftyler) March 10, 2023
READ: US bishop slams German Synodal Way: ‘No one has the authority to change Church teaching’
Strickland joins Bishop Donald Hying of Madison in denouncing the German bishops, as well as Cardinal Raymond Burke, former head of the Apostolic Signatura, and Cardinal Gerhard Müller, former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), who also spoke out against the German Synodal Way in interviews with Raymond Arroyo on EWTN.
The interviews followed a meeting in which the Synodal Way voted overwhelmingly to approve “blessings” for same-sex “unions,” with the two cardinals stating that such a thing is impossible in the context of Church teaching.
Insisting that Catholic teaching on marriage is not up for debate, Burke stated, “It simply needs to be said clearly that the question of God’s plan for man and woman, His plan for the sexual union, His plan for marriage, could be a topic of discussion and debate is absurd.”
Liberal bishops around the world continue promoting heterodox views on homosexuality, female priests, divorce, contraception, and more — advancing anti-Catholic positions that jeopardize the salvation of souls.
Such bishops often sideline, ignore and even persecute traditional Catholics who simply ask that the Faith be preserved and passed on to their children.
But traditional Catholics cannot be silenced any longer, which is why we are uniting in this international boycott of modernist bishops and dioceses until the deposit of Faith is upheld by the hierarchy again.
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There are countless examples of bishops working against Christ's Church in calling for divine law to be ignored in favor of sexual, doctrinal and liturgical deviancy, even trying to clamp down on Catholics who practise the Faith.
Just last year, Cardinal Cupich banned traditional prayers after Mass, and more recently has curtailed the Traditional Latin Mass in his diocese.
Cardinal Cupich has banned the Hail Mary and St Michael Prayer after Mass— Nick Donnelly (@ProtecttheFaith) August 27, 2021
Who but a devil would ban these prayers after Mass
The attack on the Faith is out in the open, with modernist bishops causing scandal in countless ways:
- Shutting down the Latin Mass in numerous parishes
- Rejecting the Church's teaching on sodomy
- Ignoring Vatican cover-ups of abuse by fellow bishops
- Celebrating LGBT Masses
- And so much more!
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READ: ‘Sins against Christ’: Cdls. Burke, Müller slam German bishops’ approval of same-sex ‘blessings’
Last month, Müller denounced the LGBT agenda of the German Synodal Way as a wholesale rejection of the Catholic faith. “The homosexual and gender ideologies, which contradict every scientific, philosophical, and theological anthropology, have replaced the hermeneutics of the Catholic faith in the ‘being different’ Catholicism of the German Synodal sect,” Müller stated.
In recent comments, Müller condemned the Synodal Way as “worse than schism,” saying that the German bishops have abandoned “the very essence of Christianity […] in favor of its transformation into a variant of the materialistic and nihilistic woke culture of man’s self-redemption and self-creation.”
Bishop Hying denounced the stance of the German bishops in a statement in which he reiterated the immutability of the Church’s teaching on marriage, declaring, “No one has the authority to change Church teaching, as if the truth given is malleable and adaptive to changing cultural norms.”
Shortly after the German bishops’ approval of same-sex “blessings,” Bishop Georg Bätzing, the head of the German bishops’ conference (DBK), said that the bishops will implement the practice in Germany regardless of what the Vatican says. In justification of the move, Bätzing said the bishops in Belgium have already implemented same-sex “blessings” and that the practice has “even been agreed upon with Rome.”
READ: Belgian bishop claims Pope Francis approves of blessing ceremony for homosexual couples
The German Synodal Way also voted to approve proposals to introduce women deacons and transgender priests. They showed further disregard for Rome by moving forward on their proposed permanent Synodal Council, which the Vatican has expressly forbidden.
No room for ‘inclusion’: Homosexuality and transgenderism are sins against nature itself