I wish Benedict XVI well. Perhaps the election of so conservative a theologian was a Catholic death wish. It was certainly throwing down the gauntlet to, in his own words, “a dictatorship of relativism … that recognizes nothing as definite and which leaves as the ultimate measure only one’s ego and desires” (NY Times 4/19/05 p. A9). I think he would do well to scatter large chunks of his authority among his fellow bishops, his priests, his laity and the opposite sex. The Episcopal Church is certainly more up to date. But, as Martin Mosebach pointed out, the Catholic Church “has spent entire centuries not being fully ‘up to date’ – perhaps especially at the time of its founding in an urban, enlightened, multicultural, atomized and individualized society that it slowly infiltrated and transformed”
Read the whole thing here. The general notion is that if only the Roman Catholic Church were more like the Episcopal Church, they would be successful.