"Most of them haven't a clue about the power of their bishops. Nor do they understand the way religious life is organized."
Can you clarify this? Especially the part about the power of their bishops.
A bishop has the canonical power to place himself above the law. In other words, a priest may be placed on leave by a bishop and allowed to remain in that no-man's land indefinitely. In fact it does happen for all manner of cases where a bishop wants to get rid of an annoying priest, but has no real canonical charge that would get rid of him definitively. Yes. There is a right to due process and indefinite suspension should be used rarely and only after all due process has been exhausted and there is still no resolution to the case. However that is not how bishops generally exercise this power to simply withdraw faculties. It is extremely rare, so as to be non-existent, where another synodal bishop contradicts the acts of a brother bishop, so there is no recourse for most priests who have been wrongly removed.
Also the zero tolerance policy established for the sexual abuse of children and youth does not apply to accusations by adult men or women, however, that is the policy that has been exercised against Father Corapi.
There's loads more to it and if you had the patience to read through ALL of those awful emails on the Corapi site you'd find some excellent essays on the canonical situation with the bishop and his religious organization. It's not really an order with a superior, but an association which answers to a local bishop.
In fact SOLT has been looking for a more friendly location since it is well known in the diocese of Corpus Christi that the current bishop is not at all fond of the group and has caused them troubles in the past. Father Corapi just happens to present yet another excuse to move against the association. Also most people do not realize that Father Corapi lived out the erimetic life in SOLT and you cannot treat his vocation in SOLT as you would a monk whose vocation is to a place and specific community as with the Benedictines, for example.
So much of the ranting and raving on that site is just plain ignorance and prelest on the part of those who judge in abject ignorance, refusing to hear anything that does not fit their own "imaginings".
It's disgusting to me. I've known too many good priests who have been shoved off to no man's land, I suppose. It is horrifying when you begin to see the realities of it.
I keep telling Orthodox listeners that it is not the pope one should fear but the power of the bishop, which is, too often, exercised above or outside of the spirit of the law and also the most precise letter of the law though they do have that power...to do what they see fit. It's like an "escape clause" and they exercise it first rather than last.
When they do not care to follow what Rome has to say they simply close their ears and eyes. That's how it works in real life. Eventually justice will catch up...but too often there are many bodies dead on the field before the war is over.