My blogging colleague at Les Femmes has written of the treatment meted out to a good priest that she knows. Her post is here. Father Aitcheson, prior to his conversion to the Faith, was a member of the Ku Klux Klan. He repented of his sin of racism well before he entered seminary. Maria Santos Bier, a writer for the Washington Post, got wind of this and wrote a hit piece for the Post on Father. Of course the "compost" would lap it up in a heartbeat, for they got to tar a hated Catholic priest as a racist. Mary Ann correctly points out that Bier committed a mortal sin of detraction. For those confused about detraction, it is defined in Catholic moral theology as "the unjust damaging of another's good name by the revelation of some fault or crime of which that other is really guilty or at any rate is seriously believed to be guilty by the defamer".
So while good priests see their vocations seriously compromised owing to long-repented faults, flaming dissident priests are celebrated precisely because of their poisonous heresies.
Father James Martin has been in the news in Catholic media circles. Rightly ejected from Catholic speaking venues because of his promotion of sodomy, he has taken to whining and pouting all over social media. In the course of so doing, he continues to spew forth heresy. Consider this facebook post of his. It's a long screed, and the heresy appears in the very last sentence: "And the Holy Spirit knows what She is doing". Yes, you read that correctly. He refers to the Third Person in the Trinity in the feminine. In both Scripture and Tradition, all Three Persons of the Trinity have always been referred to in the masculine. Given Martin's sordid history of promoting sexual perversion, we know he was taking another jab at Christ's teachings, blaspheming the Holy Spirit in the process.
Father Martin is the sort of priest who is celebrated by the Washington Compost and other rags - because both Martin and the progressives hate Catholic morality. Mary Ann's piece suggests that Bier might be carrying on in the tradition of the traitorous Brutus; so is Father Martin.