We have seen the newly-consecrated Bishop Eugene’s understanding of the dignity of the episcopacy as successors of the apostles – which gave a particular relationship between priests and bishops, and between bishops themselves. He refers to this in his response to Bishop Arbaud’s complaints about the Oblates at ND du Laus.
Will it be said that two Bishops do not agree when it is a matter of the Church’s interests, the honor of the priesthood and the rights of justice and fairness? If I knew that one of our men was in the wrong, I don’t say in the respect and submission that is your due, but even in the esteem only that your dignity and virtues require, I would not have words strong enough to condemn him, and I would be ready to demand that he make all the amends that you would require.
The Oblates had not been disrespectful of the Bishop, and their conduct had been irreproachable.
Thanks be to God, however, there is no question of that, and in the annoyance that your correspondence gives me, I have the consolation of finding in it the assurance that you are satisfied with everyone’s conduct.
The problem was that someone had complained that the Oblates were too lenient with penitents in the confessional
It all comes down to a few vague allegations, evidently exaggerated, that some secret enemy communicated to you.
Letter to Bishop Arbaud of Gap, 20 February 1833, EO XIII n 81
A diplomatic way of getting his point across while calming the waters!