In her latest post, Stella made perfect sense to me:
So, there's been mixed reaction to choosing the conservative Ratzinger as Pope. I am actually happy to see it -- because I think that keeping the church's policies as they are will continue to drive more people away from it. Congregations are getting more and more gray-haired as time passes, and that's a good thing to me. An institution that bases itself upon the unreason known as "faith" has no place in a world in which men must make their way by means of reason. And therefore its slow decline through the unwillingness of its leaders to "change with the times" is a good thing.