The "critics" of the critics, most often self described liberals or progressives with an axe to grind against the skulls of Tradition-minded Catholics, take great umbrage over anyone being called to the carpet on account of their so-called "prophetic acts", acts which put their souls and the souls of those unfortunate enough to have allowed themselves to be conned by some teaching that may or may not contain an ounce of truth yet is seriously polluted by subtle or even overt error.
What we experience as harsh as children hopefully we learn to reinterpret as adults as something intended for our well being. Here we are talking, of course, of just corrections intended for our good, not abusive acts which offend the dignity of the child of God. Teachings upheld by the Church may seem unduly harsh, and some have tried to paint them as unmerciful in order to force a relaxation of the Lord's teachings (e.g., against adulterous unions, aberrant sexual acts, etc.) which protect man from descending into a hell of man's own making. Sadly, no sharp rebuke nor honeyed bread is capable of enticing some souls to stop snorting the drug of their own inflated self-importance in order to return to a humbler life of service.