It's from Vera Hughes in Moate, County Westmeath and her third paragraph reads:
Today’s fast-emptying churches (many “converted” to commercial use), an ageing priesthood, the unprecedented falling off of religious vocations, compulsory clerical celibacy, the adherence to archaic ritual – all portray a church that has lost its way in a fast-changing, more open, liberal and democratic world.
Wow! Ten clichés in four lines! That's pretty good going!
I especially like the "archaic ritual" bit. Is there archaic ritual and non-archaic ritual, or is all ritual archaic? Would ritual be OK if we got some snappy new rituals? Why worry about an ageing priesthood or declining vocations if you renounce ritual anyway? Is the ordinary form of the Mass, that is barely fifty years old, already archaic?
And is there any possibility-- any possibility at all-- that a world that is "fast-changing, more open, liberal and democratic" might just possibly have "lost its way" rather than the church?
What Vera Hughes is essentially saying is "The world is changing at a breakneck pace. The church is continuing its traditional practices. Ergo, the church has lost its way."
And who says the world is "more liberal", anyway? I'm not so sure about that. It's certainly not more liberal towards religious belief. I don't think it's as liberal towards eccentricity, modesty or childhood innocence. With our stultifying political correctness today, it is rather less liberal towards humour or free speech. I'm not so sure liberalism can be so easily quantified.