Strickland Won't Go "Voluntarily"

Tyler Bishop Joseph Strickland, 64, Texas, has heard nothing from the Vatican that Francis will ask him to resign, he told (September 12), “I have received no information on this from Rome.”

Asked if he would resign if Francis asked him to, Strickland said no. “As a basic principle, I cannot resign the mandate given to me by Pope Benedict the XVI”, he said.

He added, “Of course that mandate can be rescinded by Francis, but I cannot voluntarily abandon the flock that I have been given charge of as a successor of the apostles.”