Church-outing might be happening with the right motives and might change minds of people who don't work for the Church, but don't expect it to change Church policy on gay clergy any time soon. This is a direct and obvious calculus, and it seems like homophobia's still profitable in the market for labor:
OVER 4,000 Anglican priests all over the world, including married ones, are expected to join the Catholic Church, Bishop Matthias Ssekamanya announced on Friday. [...]
Under the Vatican's initiative, Anglicans, turned off by their own church's embrace of gay clerics, women priests and blessing of same-sex unions, can join new parishes, called 'personal ordinariates', that are headed by former Anglican prelates.
"There is no change in the Church's discipline of clerical celibacy," Bishop Ssekamanya re-affirmed. He praised celibacy as "a sign and a stimulus for pastoral charity".
That's 4000 since the Catholic Church first made the offer about a month ago for Anglicans to cross over, keep their wives, and maintain their faith. Not too bad.
Organized religion is primarily an authoritarian structure, and people willing to submit while young to an authoritarian structure need to be kept in line through intimidation and fear. There really isn't much motivation for a church to become more liberal - sure, there are many fine examples of liberal churches, but once people start thinking on their own, they wonder why they waste their Sunday mornings each week being lectured and tithe 10% of the income they could be directly giving to charity.
There's a reason mainline churches struggle in a postmodern world while conservative churches have been gaining members. Mainline churches have been in decline for several decades, and these folks went out and polled people to find out why (specifically among Presbyterians). The biggest reason, according to the authors, was that people who dropped out didn't buy the idea that salvation only came through Jesus. They were liberal, thought that God wouldn't send good people to hell, and, well, they pretty much didn't have a reason to keep on wasting their Sunday mornings.
That's probably why the Vatican has been going on witch hunts lately trying to stop women religious from becoming too free.
Christianity's general trend right now, demographically, politically, and theologically, is to the right. There are pockets of resistance and churches doing wonderful things, but mass religion for a mass culture requires people to be given a good reason why they're special and for people to generally be kept from thinking too much.