Today is the feast of St Charles Borromeo, he, above all epitomised the Church's response to those ranters, "out of the sordid Reformation, sprang the bright light of the Glorious Counter-Reformation!" As one or two commentators have pointed out today's atheists are essentially Protestant, perhaps then we should learn from Borromeo. This is an over simplification, but in many ways the late Renaissance was an age of the rejection of God, the Baroque period, one of His rediscovery.
I think it is very significant that no English bishop or priest or anyone from the Catholic Media Office were willing to respond to Fry and Hitchens in the recent debate on "the Catholic Church is a source for good in the world", the left some poor Nigerian archbishop and Ann Widdecombe to be routed in the debate. Defending the faith is not a skill most bishops and priest have, nor do our payed employees.
Boromeo established seminaries precisely to train preachers to defend the faith, it strikes me that this, defending the faith, and the formation of saintly priests is precisely what our seminaries should be doing. Borromeo seems to have almost forced his priests into holiness.
By the way, is Stephen Fry, who believes the Catholic Church is a evil in the world still fronting the The Passages' appeal , "A Night Under the Stars", this year, despite The Passage being a Westminister Diocesan based project for the homeless? If he is, is it still under the Cardinal's patronage?
Now what would Carlo Borromeo do?