Monday, March 04, 2013

Ross Douthat at the New York Times offers...

...a balanced view of Ratzinger's legacy.

This piece seems empirically undeniable -

But for all of Catholicism’s problems, the Christian denominations that did not have a Ratzinger — those churches that persisted in the spirit of the 1970s and didn’t reassert a doctrinal core — have generally fared worse. There are millions of lapsed Catholics, but the church still has a higher retention rate by far than most mainline Protestant denominations. Indeed, it is difficult to pick out a major religious body where the progressive course urged by so many of Ratzinger’s critics has increased vitality and growth.

1 comment:

Lauran said...

In truth, what the critics hate most about the Catholic Church aren't her faults but her virtues.

Innocence means little to the Left, but courseness does--which is why they claim to despise the Church for it's few disturbed priests when, in fact, they really despise the Church speaking out against faithlessness, the homosexual lifestyle, abortion, contraception.

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