It's not just liberals and progressives who should be challenging the increasingly reactionary views of Archbishop Chaput. His public statements have, at many points, put him at odds with Pope Francis and in certain cases have clearly sought to contract the pope's mission.
He tries to put forth a public image of support for Francis, but anyone who was watching closely noted his dissenting view of Amoris Laetitia, attempts to cancel the youth synod, and support for Viganò (and absence of support for the pope) in Aug 2018.…
Furthermore, he inexplicably praised giving an award for Catholic lay witness to Bill Barr at the National Catholic Prayer breakfast, received during a 1-day break between Federal executions Barr scheduled.…
Chaput wrote, "As an added bonus, he’s disliked by all the right people. I want to thank the various and interesting critics of General Barr for confirming me in that judgment."

Are "all the right people" those Catholics who care about Church teaching on human dignity?
Because Archbishop Chaput rarely comes out with what he really thinks on contentious issues (he's a big "I received a letter from a concerned Catholic that I'll share with you" kind of guy), this display of open praise for Barr and contempt for those who oppose him was startling.
He really has disappointed me. Before Francis I thought he was an orthodox bishop who cared about social justice and human dignity. But sadly in the past decade he has demonstrated himself to be, above all, a partisan culture warrior.
This is not a right/left question (nor should it be). It's the descent of a promising and talented churchman in his twilight years into an ideologue who has worked to resist Pope Francis and undermine his teachings.

Thankfully he never received a red hat.
Despite what some might imagine, we have openly criticized very few bishops by name at @Where_Peter_is, and even fewer US diocesan bishops (perhaps 3-4 total). Sadly, Archbishop Chaput has, through his troubling words and actions, merited a public response several times.

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