Letters to the editor -
Please pass the news on to Bill Westcott that since the problems he describes in his last column weren't due to celibacy, the lack of married priests or the lack of women priests, then his solution of dropping celibacy and allowing for married priests and women priests - "Ordinatio Sacerdotalis" and Responsum ad Dubium" (reminders that women can't be priests is an infallible teaching) notwithstanding -makes no sense.
As for the Church disappearing, it ain't gonna happen.
In the early 1800's the great man himself, Napolean, bragged to one Cardinal Consalvi that he would destroy the Church. The cardinal looked him in the eye and said if popes, bishops and priests hadn't destroyed the Church in 1,800 years, what made Napolean think he was going to do it in a couple?
A few short years later, the mighty emperor of all he surveyed and self-appointed destroyer of the Church was exiled to a speck of island a thousand miles from nowhere, ruler over chickens and cabbages, while the Church with all her broken vessels carried on. Don't sell short Christ's promise and guarantee that the Church will last till the end of time.
P.S. Here's a bet. Name your money. 10,000 generations from now the Catholic Church will not have had a single woman priest. The Church can no more change the law on a male-only priesthood than scientists can change the speed of light or the laws of gravity.
Bayport, New York