The New York Times today had several stories concerning Pople Benedict XVI. I am amazed at some of the negative reactions to the fact that he is orthodox, a keeping of the standard of doctrine, theology and morality.
I quote the Times (whose whole article was very defeating), "In his view, the church does not exist so that it acan be incorporated into the world, but so as to offer a way to live. It is not a human edificie but a divinely created one. And theology is not a dry academic exercise. Theologians should support church teachings to serve the faithful, not depart from it."
Maybe I am misunderstanding the quote, but it sounds like a pretty could statement about the church to me.
We are here to offer a way to live, not to live according to the world. The church was not created by men but by God. Theology should simply be autobiographical beliefs and is there to serve, not to create academic towers.