Gotta read this article about how the traditional Roman Catholic faith is on the upswing. The DOR is mentioned. Here's a snippet:
Cardinal Francis George, the longtime leader of the Chicago
archdiocese, once gave a homily that startled the faithful by
pronouncing liberal Catholicism "an exhausted project . . . parasitical
on a substance that no longer exists." Declaring that Catholics are at a
"turning point" in the life of the church in this country, the cardinal
concluded that the bishops must stand as a "reality check for the
Such forthright defense of the faith
and doctrine stands in clear contrast to the emphasis of an earlier
generation of Catholic theologians and historians. Many boomer priests
and scholars were shaped by what they believed was an "unfulfilled
promise" of Vatican II to embrace modernity. Claiming that the only
salvation for the church would be to ordain women, remove the celibacy
requirement and empower the laity, theologians such as Paul Lakeland, a
Fairfield University professor and former Jesuit priest, have demanded
that much of the teaching authority of the bishops and priests be
transferred to the laity.
This aging generation of progressives
continues to lobby church leaders to change Catholic teachings on
reproductive rights, same-sex marriage and women's ordination. But it is
being replaced by younger men and women who are attracted to the church
because of the very timelessness of its teachings.
Transferring the teaching authority of the bishops and priests to the laity is a losing proposition.