Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Orthodoxy and "the other path"

In TNR, Ross Douhat writes that those who wish the Catholic Church would liberalize should consider the decline experienced by protestant denominations that have liberalized. Excerpt:
As Ratzinger himself once remarked, much of Protestantism has "taken the other path"--the path of ever-greater accommodation--when it comes to modernity and particularly sexual ethics, and "it is quite plain that it hasn't thereby solved the problem of Christianity in today's world." The new Pope's vision of Catholic orthodoxy may not win the day over Islam, or Pentecostalism, or agnosticism. But the vision of his opponents appears already to have lost.

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