Well, my last post was picked up on Gloria TV - right at the start but do watch on; at about half way through there is a report on the apparent criticism from Cardinal Murphy O'Connor about the Holy Father's appointment of Bishop Mark Davies.
The same dissent is reported by Protect the Pope. Apparently, U.S. Women Religious are considering forming a breakaway group from the Holy See by ‘disbanding canonically and re-forming as an unofficial interest group." I think this is called a schism. Following on from my last post about the Irish clergy protesting about the Church's teaching, this is part of the same problem. Dissident groups are now willing to publicly suggest breaking away and asserting their rejection of the Church's teaching. What I cannot fathom about these groups and individuals is that there are many other Christian denominations outside the Church who already promote all these teachings - why don't they go and join them if these people believe these teachings are right - despite the fact that most such groups are in even worse shape than the Catholic Church in the Western World. Ordaining women and liberalising the liturgy has not helped Anglicans and Methodists to fill their churches.
On a wider stage, I wonder if this is why the Holy Father sometimes seems to us not to be acting quickly or decisively enough to bring dissenters into line? As the Chief Shepherd he must have a great desire to keep all members of the Church within it - even those who protest and attack it from within. His desire to bring those who already do believe what the Church teaches is evidenced strongly by his efforts with Anglicans and with the Society of St Pius X. What a dilemma it must be to have to make the decision on when dissent can no longer be tolerated for the good of souls and demanding that dissenters make a decision for or against the Church which they claim to be members of and yet show such a strong desire to re-fashion in their own image and overthrow its structures and teachings.