If the hierarchy cannot even adhere to the norms of justice with respect to the punishment of sex criminals and those who assist them, how can its pronouncements regarding moral theological issues of justice be trusted? If the same hierarchy tells the laity that they should not pursue justice through the use of force, how can some not think that the hierarchy is merely projecting its pusillanimity and cowardice as Christian teaching?
By his "progressive" action Pope Francis has highlighted how unnecessary much of the Roman Curia may actually be. While it may facilitate the growth and spread of certain religious communities to have them under the supervision of the patriarch rather than to the other bishops of the patriarchate, there are two questions that need to be asked:
1. Does this derogate too much from the authority of the local bishop (or perhaps, the presbyteral council)?
2. And are second millenium Latin religious communities and societies of apostolic life a good development in themselve, or do they exist because of a fundamental weakness of the local Church? (See the reflections by Fr. Gabriel Bunge on this point.)
RC social teaching unmoored from the order of charity and a full understanding of the common good becomes easily changed into liberal morality and SJW activism. Let Latin bishops return to teaching the order of charity and the Natural Law before they talk about political matters.