Originally Posted by jcat
Your views reflect those of the majority of Catholics polled in Germany and Austria. People also stated that they wanted birth control to be accepted, and for the RC church to be involved in pregnancy/pre-abortion counseling.
Many of the cardinals are now giving interviews, and one of the main reasons given for electing Ratzinger was "to fight the rising tide of secularism in Europe, and in Germany, in particular".
I'm having difficulty following that logic. Isn't the Vatican's adherence to very narrow views one of the main reasons for the "tide of secularism"? Or is the message that the RC Church is going to close its doors to those Catholics who question its teachings, and thus go through some sort of "purification process"?