28 June 2023

Bishop Stika Resigns

Alleluia!!! Tho' he was appointed by Pope Benedict, he was absolutely committed to Francis's plans to destroy the Church. One down! How many more to go?

From Rorate Cæli

Bishop Rick Stika of the Diocese of Knoxville has resigned after allegations of covering up sex abuse and complaints regarding his bullying and overbearing manner towards his priests. Notably, in 2021, priests of the Diocese of Knoxville petitioned the apostolic nuncio for "merciful relief" from Stika's leadership. Their petition may resonate with the experiences of traditional priests and laity under the current pontificate:

"Our experience of our appointed bishop varies among us, but the undersigned do share a common awareness that the past twelve years of service under Bishop Stika have been, on the whole, detrimental to priestly fraternity and even to our personal well-being.

While we acknowledge the reality of suffering that comes with bearing our daily crosses, our appointed bishop seems determined to increase that suffering for his own purposes, purposes which seem unrelated to the demands of the Gospel.

What we have not attempted to relay to you here by way of example is the lack of sympathy the bishop demonstrates for his priests facing personal trials, or the lack of charity he displays for such priests when he speaks about us to others, even publicly.... It seems to us that ours is a depressed presbyterate, and has been developing as such for twelve years, due to the leadership of Bishop Stika.

It is precisely in a spirit of total dependence upon the pastoral leadership of the Apostolic See that we make this appeal for merciful relief—in whatever form is judged possible and appropriate—from the sufferings we’ve endured these past twelve years."

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