Let’s face it, Cardinal Cupich who is not pro-choice nor those other bishops in his camp, such as the Bishop of Rome, but he and they are of the school of thought that social justice demands a multifaceted approach to the Church’s full panoply of social teachings some of the most important from the 19th Century.
But there is a twist, liberation theology embraced wholeheartedly by the Bishop of Rome politicizes the methods to achieve a goal and creates partisans and non partisans as in a political party. So in effect, regardless of the political party they support, the bishops now as a group are politicized into two primary parties.
Liberation theology in the 1970’s in South America, like Argentina, and in Latin America, like Nicaragua let to political warfare between left wing Catholics, both clergy and laity and right wing Catholics in government and militias, leading to the martyrdom of many liberation theology adherents including bishops, priests, nuns and scores of laity.
One of the most violent and horrific photos I have every seen on the full front cover of the NCR in the late 1970's was that of a massacre of priests/religious who had their brains scooped out and laying on the ground beside them. The NCR was trying to make a political and religious point about the tactics of the right wing government there and its militias threatened by liberation theology of Jesuits and others in that part of the world. Oddly enough, the NCR, as far as I know, has never placed any photo on the front cover or elsewhere of dismembered babies as a result of abortion.
Today’s polarization leads to processes in the left’s camp that affects defined Church teaching on sexuality and marriage, birth control and abortion, and a communistic economic system compared to a capitalist system, thus exacerbating politics leading to a possible civil war outside the Church.
The the meme of progressive Catholics since the advent of Liberation theology is not only to change political ideologies but replacing it with a Church ideology stratifying and polarizing both the church and state.
As it regards the Church, the leftist meme of social justice means that there must be in justice, women’s ordination, gay marriage, gender ideology, birth control and abortion and the rest of it, which by the way, is promoted in the must passive and active ways by the USA’s Democrat party with its prominent Catholic leaders, President Biden, Speaker of the House Pelosi and other democrat Catholics who not only want to change the USA but the Roman CAtholic Church too.
The foundation of moral theology in progressive, heterodox Catholicism shifts from natural law, which must be suppressed, to an ideology of social justice.
And that is the division that is leading to a possible schism not only in the USCCB, but the Catholic Church throughout the world. Just as there is division among bishops here, so too is the College of Bishops throughout the world also polarized. Pope Francis did not create this polarization but he has certainly exacerbated it since March 13, 2013, 3/13/13.