To the flock of the Diocese of Tyler,
This weekend, we will conclude the Easter season by joyfully celebrating together the great solemnity of Pentecost, when the loving God fully revealed himself as the Holy Trinity, and through the Spirit gave birth to the Church and opened the kingdom to all who believe in Christ.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As your shepherd, I want to personally embrace a Novena of prayer, fasting, almsgiving and mortification in reparation for the sins of shepherds against the flock, Christ's bride the Church.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As the Church seeks to make reparation for the grievous sins that have been committed by some of her members, many bishops have proposed that their dioceses take up the Church’s tradition of observing the Ember Days. I join with these bishops and encourage the priests, deacons, religious, and lay faithful of the Diocese of Tyler to consider observing these special times.
Dear Priests, Deacons, Religious and all Holy Faithful of the Diocese of Tyler,
A letter (click here) by Archbishop Viganò, former Nuncio to the United States, raises grave allegations and calls for the resignation of numerous high ranking prelates including Pope Francis.
Let us be clear that they are still allegations, but as your shepherd I find them to be credible. Using this standard the response must be a thorough investigation, similar to those conducted any time allegations are deemed to be credible. I do not have the authority to launch such an investigation but I will lend my voice in whatever way necessary to call for this investigation and urge that it’s findings demand accountability of all found to be culpable even at the highest levels of the Church.
As this unfolds I urge all in the Diocese of Tyler to pray fervently for Holy Mother Church and beg the Intercession of Our Blessed Mother. We are the flock of Jesus Christ. He is Lord of His Church and His Holy Spirit will guide us through this darkness.
Almighty God Father, Son and Spirit have mercy on your Church and cleanse her in the fires of your Love.
Blessed Virgin Mary, Pray for us.
All Sainted Popes & Bishops in Heaven, Pray for us.
All Holy Men and Women, Pray for us.
I direct all priests to include this notice in the masses on August 26, and post it on their websites and other social media immediately.
Most Reverend Joseph E. Strickland
Bishop of Tyler
February 23, 2018
The protection of human life, from the moment of conception to natural death, is an issue of primary importance in the United States, and the State of Texas. Every adult Catholic should vigorously defend life, both in the public square and in the voting booth. All persons who are committed to the protection of life should unify around the teaching of the Catholic Church, beautifully taught by Saint John Paul II in his encyclical, Evangelium Vitae:
Laws which legitimize the direct killing of innocent human beings through abortion or euthanasia are in complete opposition to the inviolable right to life proper to every individual; they thus deny the equality of everyone before the law. Pope John Paul II, Evangelium vitae, no. 72.
Likewise, the Catechism of the Catholic Church says:
2270 Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person – among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life. 2271 Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law.