Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jul 17, 2023 / 15:30 pm
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone and Diocese of Tyler, Texas, Bishop Joseph Strickland on Sunday both publicly condemned a message falsely attributed to Strickland that appeared to advocate schism from the Catholic Church.
Earlier in the month an image had circulated on social media appearing to suggest that Strickland was backing a move toward a “separation from the Bergoglian sect,” an apparent reference to a schismatic break from the Holy See.
The Texas prelate on Sunday openly condemned the message and denounced it as false.
“A fabricated and scurrilous message using my image and name is circulating which falsely depicts me making a statement advocating separation from the Catholic Church,” Strickland wrote on Twitter on Sunday morning.