Archbishop Chaput has recently written an article in Catholic Philly on “Father” James Martin, the infamous sodomite-advocating priest. Martin has been lambasting Faithful who hold to the perennial Church Teaching which is infallible and therefore by that fact irreformable (see Pastor Aeternus, Chapter 4, Section 9).
James Martin is a papal advisor. By writing such corrections of Martin, the bishops risk that Francis, a papal congregation or Vatican official will step in.
Francis has shown constant willingness to scandalize the Church by making official judgments based on his private opinions. Private opinions are not binding, only official ones based on perennial Church Teaching (see Pastor Aeternus, Chapter 4, Section 9): Scripture, Tradition, Dogma and the Unanimous Consent of the Church Fathers (see Pastor Aeternus).
Francis has gone so far as to fire the entire John Paul the Second Insitute who tried to interpret Amoris Laetitia, in line with perennial Church Teaching. This sends a chilling message. Can a bishop or theologian be orthodox Catholics and work in the Church?
The answer seems to be no. This is a violation of the very foundation of Catholicism, the Truth (1 Timothy 3:15). So now you see what bishops are facing.
Archbishop Charles Chaput has been generally been a very faithful bishop. He has a reputation for sanctity which is a prerequisite for canonization. although some one-issue Catholics think otherwise.
Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois issued a decree (PDF) calling all homosexual people to confession and amendment of their lives. He did so in the face of and resistance from the Vatican to target homosexual individuals.
He has been unswerving in his criticism of the permissive practice and thinking of all homosexuals as Psychologically wounded. This blanket-judgment of Psychological injury is not conducive to bring a person to a life of reform.
Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas has been outspoken as well. He attacked so-called homosexual marriage several times, most specifically the Supreme Court decision to allow same-sex marriages.
He has a reputation of orthodoxy, although some people, like Michael Voris of Church Militant, have been critical of all bishops who do not shut Martin down.
Church Militant has a much-needed focus on the homosexual crisis. Scandal, coercion, bribery have all been addressed and continue to be addressed by Church Militant, Michael Voris specifically.
By Firing the John Paul II Institute Francis has implicitly denied that Teaching is to be interpreted in line with perennial Church Teaching and even implicitly denied Dogma.
A pope’s whim is not binding (see Mark 17:40 sqq). Peter denied Christ three times, this could hardly be considered binding according to the Promise of Christ to him:
“Whatever you bind on Earth is bound in Heaven” (Matt 16:19).
The fact that Peter wept bitterly, that is repented (Mark 14:72) seals the event as non-papal.
The three bishops above are all Saints. Many people expect Saints to all be the same, have the same approach and speak on the exact same topics. This is a complete ignorance of hagiography (the science of studying the Lives of Saints).
Saints varied in their virtues. Some were exemplary at self-mortification like Saint Francis of Assisi who whipped himself with thorns on one occasion.
Some were great scholars, like Saint Thomas Aquinas, who rigorously studied the Faith in a precise and razor-sharp manner. One who hardly expect Saint Francis of Assissi to be as astute at scholarship and mental discipline as Saint Thomas Aquinas, nor expect Saint Thomas Aquinas to be as acute at bodily mortification as Saint Francis of Assisi.
Saints vary in different virtues. That is the nature of varities within their personalities and particular charism (gifts).
Grace perfects natures, it does not change nature.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us, now and at the hour of our passing. Amen.