No one in the Church can act purely on his own authority, the Pope continued. He pointed out that this is especially true of the Roman Pontiff, who “cannot do as he pleases; quite the contrary, he is the custodian of obedience to Christ and his Word.” If they expect the faithful to follow their leadership, Pope Benedict said, bishops and priests should make it clear that they themselves accept the guidance of the Church. He explained: “No one, in fact, is truly capable of feeding the flock if they do not live in profound and authentic obedience to Christ and the Church; and the docility of the people towards their priests depends on the docility of priests toward Christ.” …(Source)
It’s a sad thing indeed that the bishops have forgotten this obedience to Christ. I see that in the predicament that the Knights of Columbus finds itself in. It does not want to supercede the Bishops’ judgement on who is and who is not a Catholic. That is a totally understandable position. On the other hand, any politician who is a pro-abort is not a Catholic, and therefore allowing them to pretend to be one is also a scandal for any Catholic organization.
If the bishops would clean up their act and obey the Gospel, a lot of things would sort themselves out. Instead, their infidelity is largely responsible for the divisions that are being created.