(RNS) — The Rev. Thomas Weinandy has resigned as a consultant to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Doctrine after writing a letter to Pope Francis accusing him of fomenting “chronic confusion” as leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

The letter and the writer’s subsequent departure as a longtime top adviser to the bishops are the latest salvos in a struggle that pits traditionalists such as Weinandy against those who appreciate what they perceive as Francis’ more welcoming approach — especially on such controversial topics as homosexuality.

“Who am I to judge?” Francis has said when asked a question about

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