Catholics fear it's more of the same for the scandal-ridden archdiocese of Atlanta.
Pope Francis recently appointed Bp. Gregory Hartmayer to head the archdiocese. He'll be officially installed in May.
Much to the chagrin of faithful Catholics, Hartmayer has a history of involvement in the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests — a liberal group of clergy that is sympathetic to women deacons and priestless parishes, and regularly gives a platform to theological dissent.
Atlanta's faithful were already scandalized in years past by their previous archbishop, Wilton Gregory — now the archbishop of Washington D.C.
He allowed a pro-LGBT parish group from the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to participate in a gay pride parade year after year.
In 2013, Gregory welcomed dissident organization Fortunate Families, which rejects Catholic teaching on chastity for those with same-sex attraction. Over the years, he repeatedly hosted the gay group's annual retreats.
When Abp. Gregory moved to Washington D.C. in May, Fortunate Families took out an ad in the archdiocesan newspaper thanking him for his support.
Gregory, like Hartmayer, has supported the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests. He hosted the organization in Atlanta in 2017 and gave the keynote address.
Now, many fear that Hartmayer's tenure in Atlanta will be in the mold of his predecessor.