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By Lisa Bourne, LifeSiteNews, July 19, 2019

Lisa BourneVillanova University historian Massimo Faggioli has labeled three U.S. bishops “devout schismatics” who attempt to undercut the authority of Pope Francis.

The “schismatic instincts” of Archbishops Charles Chaput of Philadelphia and Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco along with Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, “have been on display since the beginning of Francis’ pontificate,” Faggioli said.

“But they were particularly visible in August 2018,” he said, when they “sided with Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the former papal nuncio to Washington who called on Francis to resign.

Writing in a July 16 article for La Croix magazine, Faggioli discussed various forces that challenge Francis from a place of devotion to “conservative political-theological assumptions” over Catholicism.

He first listed Italy Interior Minister Matteo Salvini as example of a “devout schismatic.” A Catholic, Salvini is controversial with the left for his firm stance against open borders. He roiled liberal Catholics earlier this year when he held up and kissed a rosary at a political rally and commended his country, its citizens, and himself to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. ….