Derb, maybe I’m still on a high from a friend’s ordination I went to a few weeks ago, but despite all that is wrong in our beloved churches, I wouldn’t give up just yet. I’m still betting money there is reform in the future (and, however slowly, in our present)–influenced in part by the numbers of faithful Catholics I know (reporter Colleen Carroll found many young faithful, orthodox Catholics, Episcopalians, and other Christians, too, as she relays in her book, The New Faithful: Why Young Adults Are Embracing Christian Orthodoxy; p.s. I reviewed it here). For understanding what is going on in the RCC, I recommend George Weigel’s <a href=http://www.nationalreview.com/redirect/amazon.p?j=0465092608"The Courage to Be Catholic: Crisis, Reform, and the Future of the Church where he writes: “The answer to the current crisis will not be found in Catholic Lite. It will only be found in a classic Catholicism–a Catholicism with the courage to be countercultural, a Catholicism that has reclaimed the wisdom of the past in order to face the corruption of the present and create a renewed future, a Catholicism that risks the high adventure of fidelity.” There are a lot of temptations toward despair, but lots of powerful reasons not to, too.