Pope Francis fires social media crazed Texas bishop in move critics call ‘total war’

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By Liam Buckler Pope Francis has fired a social media-crazed Texas bishop in a highly unusual move – with critics labelling it “total war.” A one-line statement from the Vatican said Francis had “relieved” Bishop Joseph Strickland of the pastoral governance of Tyler and appointed the bishop of Austin as the temporary administrator. Strickland, 65, has emerged as a leading critic of Francis, accusing him in a tweet earlier this year of “undermining the deposit of faith.” He has been particularly critical of Francis’ recent meeting on the future of the Catholic Church during which hot-button iss…

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