Bishop Strickland is heading to Medjugorje

Bishop Strickland recently tweeted that is is heading to Medjugorje –

(To promote his trip, he is using one of Steve Ryan’s images of the Virgin Mary from Stephen Ryan’s new book “Beauty Will Save the World”

Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, has become a prominent figure in the ongoing tensions within the Catholic Church. His outspoken criticism of Pope Francis has generated heated debate, igniting accusations of dissent and raising questions about the future of Catholic Church authority.

Strickland, a conservative prelate known for his traditionalist views, has repeatedly publicly critiqued what he perceives as Pope Francis’ progressive leanings. He has challenged Francis’ stances on issues like LGBTQ+ inclusion, liturgical reforms, and ecumenism, accusing him of undermining the “Deposit of Faith” – the core doctrines of Catholicism.

This public opposition culminated in his removal from the diocese of Tyler in November 2023. While the Vatican offered no official explanation, it’s widely believed that Strickland’s vocal dissent played a significant role in this unprecedented action.

The Strickland saga highlights the broader fissures within the Church. Conservatives feel alienated by what they perceive as Francis’ departure from established doctrine, while others celebrate his efforts to make the Church more inclusive and relevant to a changing world.

While Strickland’s removal may be seen as a victory for Francis’ supporters, it’s unlikely to extinguish the flames of dissent. The underlying issues – authority, doctrine, and the Church’s place in the modern world – remain unresolved and continue to fuel debate within the Catholic community.

It’s important to note that the situation is nuanced, with valid arguments on both sides. Strickland’s supporters argue he’s a courageous voice defending orthodoxy, while critics see him as a divisive figure undermining the Church’s unity.

Ultimately, the Strickland episode serves as a stark reminder of the challenges facing the Catholic Church. Can it navigate the tensions between tradition and modernity while maintaining its core identity? Can it find ways to be both faithful to its teachings and welcoming to all?

To promote his trip, he is using one of Steve Ryan’s images of the Virgin Mary from Stephen Ryan’s new book “Beauty Will Save the World”

“The most beautiful images of the Virgin Mary I have ever seen in my life”

“Your book is awesome in its simplicity, profundity and yes, pictures. Well done! An inspiring and important book with a much needed positive message for Catholics and all people of faith.” – Fr. Mario Attard OFM

Stephen Ryan’s “Beauty Will Save the World” isn’t just a book; it’s a luminous pilgrimage through 100 pages of breathtaking Virgin Mary imagery. Stephen Ryan’s digitally created art captivates the eye and stirs the soul.


With Ryan as our guide, we embark on a timeless voyage exploring the captivating beauty of the Virgin Mary and its profound impact on countless lives. From popes and saints to visionaries like Padre Pio and Saint Bernadette, we encounter figures whose hearts were ignited by her “unimaginable” beauty, both physical and spiritual.

Whether it’s the ethereal glow of La Salette, the celestial visions of Fatima, or the quiet devotion of a village church, Ryan invites us to witness Mary’s radiance in all its forms. Through his digital art, we glimpse how her divine light has inspired, comforted, and guided generations of believers.

More than just a collection of stunning visuals, “Beauty Will Save the World” whispers a powerful message. It reminds us that true beauty transcends the physical, radiating from within and leaving an indelible mark on the world. In these pages, we discover that Mary’s beauty isn’t merely an artistic subject; it’s a transformative force, a beacon of hope that continues to illuminate our lives even today.