Let me also remind the priests that Archbishop Apuron is the local vicar of Christ. As long as he is not removed by the Pope, he is legally the local vicar of Christ, and I say this in light of the fact that the Vatican is aware of Guam's situation. Because LFM has been unsuccessful in rallying the majority of Catholics, their next step is to try and rally the priests against the Archbishop. Therefore, you are being reminded that Archbishop Apuron is the local vicar of Christ and representative of the Pope.
A priest may correct the Archbishop with love or voice his opinions to him, but that is as far as it goes. Below is an article from CNN in which Pope Francis addressed the religious and clergy. Bear in mind that this command to be obedient to the Bishop comes from Pope Francis. According to CNN (the bold is mine):
(CNN)Pope Francis has warned gossip-loving priests and nuns not to fuel the "terrorism of gossip," encouraging them to resist the temptation to spread voices and tales within their community.
"If you get an urge to say something against a brother or a sister, to drop a gossip bomb, bite your tongue! Hard!" he said on Monday in Vatican City.
In an impromptu speech to members of the clergy, which comes at the end of the Year of Consecrated Life, the pontiff compared those spreading gossip to terrorists, since they can send a community into chaos.
The Pope urged clergy members breaking their vows of obedience, poverty and chastity to fall into line. The dialogue is welcome, he said, but after the dialogue comes obedience, adding that "anarchy is the daughter of the devil, not of God."
Francis also lamented the decline in the number of vocations and people opting for a religious life.
"Why is the womb of consecrated live becoming so sterile?" he asked, cautioning against shortcuts or easy solutions.
"Some congregations experiment with 'artificial insemination.' What do they do? They welcome... 'Yes come, come, come'. And then there are problems," he said. "No. We must be serious about who we take. We must clearly distinguish if it is a real vocation, and help it to grow."
The Roman Catholic Church is still facing the consequences of sex abuse scandals, which shocked many believers, in particular in Western Europe and North America and among millennials.
The Church has 400,000 priests around the world, according to the Vatican. Agence France-Press says there are 693,000 nuns.