Spong: "I believe that history will, therefore, record this pontiff as a contributor to the death of Christianity, since he allowed it to sink more and more into the pious irrelevance that characterizes it today."
Benne: "the progressive and revisionist wing of Christianity is disappearing," Benne said. "Where they predominate, denominations lose members."
Benne continues: "When in the history of the world did 4 million people ever show up anywhere voluntarily?" asked Benne. "Who on the other hand would come for a funeral of Bishop (John Shelby) Spong?"