Bracing stuff. Of course the notion that Western people terminally infected with moderninsm should be choosing their bishops is a non-starter and a recipe for endless trouble. The problem with allowing even advisory input is that the modern world's been brainwashed to think democracy is an absolute good in itself -- an end, rather than a means. Once you embrace this (and it's the founding myth of our country and culture) no end of mischief is bound to result.
Just noticed that this article was published by the National Catholic Reporter.
You are so right about modernists pushing to de-centralize power. Heard a caller to a radio talk show last week promoting the concept and praying that the next pope will move the church in that direction. The caller's big lament was that the parish wanted to go the route of non-inclusive language and this required approval from the Vatican; he felt it should be the decision of the bishop. Yikes! For those of us stuck in liberalized dioceses, such power in our ordinary's hands would probably kill off any faithful still remaining.