There's a thread in the A&A forum about a letter in the Irish Times, here
. I'm not going to quote the whole thing here, but I'm curious to know just how representative that is. The author basically says that he's the Pope's servant, and that what the Vatican says, goes.
In my view, there's definitely a major gap between a) the beliefs of the average Christian priest or believer, and b) the
sophisticated theology of intellectual Christians, some of whom have so many rationalisations that you can't tell what they believe any more. Some of them are residents of Vatican City. So much time and effort by otherwise smart people, poured in to debates and analysis of semiotics, hermeneutics, semantics ... such a waste of time and talent.