Left-wing Catholics have sparked outrage and mockery for accusing renowned Catholic author and evangelist Scott Hahn of “schism” because he expressed gratitude for a new pastoral letter from Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas.
Hahn’s detractors include prominent liberal Catholic writers and academics, such as papal biographer Austen Ivereigh, who have themselves defended or praised heterodox figures.
Ivereigh, who has a scandalous background but was appointed an “expert” for Pope Francis’ Synod on Synodality, went so far as to claim that Hahn has joined “the US rad trad schism.” But Ivereigh and other liberals attacking Hahn have endorsed Father James Martin and Cardinal Robert McElroy, who have publicly criticized Catholic teaching on sexuality.
Nowhere does Bishop Strickland’s letter mention Pope Francis, let alone advocate for schism.
The attack on Hahn is part of a pattern of leftist Catholics targeting even mainstream Church figures who appear at odds with Pope Francis – and it throws into doubt their claims of seeking a “listening church” for “everyone.”
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