It was not their reformative movements that drove me from the church; it was the opposition to further reform--the opposition to openness, to lay involvement, to sexual liberation. (For the record, I've been a practicing Episcopalian for nearly 20 years.)
This new Pope confirms all my worst fears for the future of the church I once counted as my own. You only need to read his words from the sermon he gave before the conclave opened--one his fellow cardinals must have heard and agreed with to elect this man--to know that any further reforms in the matter of celibacy and gender in the priesthood, in the matter of ecumenicalism, in the matter of tolerance for those of other faiths and other positions even within the church is doomed while this man rules the Vatican:
This is an anti-modern speech; a speech that turns the church back more than 40 years.
How many winds of doctrine we have known in recent decades, how many ideological currents, how many ways of thinking… The small boat of thought of many Christians has often been tossed about by these waves – thrown from one extreme to the other: from Marxism to liberalism, even to libertinism; from collectivism to radical individualism; from atheism to a vague religious mysticism; from agnosticism to syncretism, and so forth. Every day new sects are created and what Saint Paul says about human trickery comes true, with cunning which tries to draw those into error (cf Eph 4, 14). Having a clear faith, based on the Creed of the Church, is often labeled today as a fundamentalism. Whereas, relativism, which is letting oneself be tossed and “swept along by every wind of teaching”, looks like the only attitude (acceptable) to today’s standards. We are moving towards a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as for certain and which has as its highest goal one’s own ego and one’s own desires.