Charisma of leadership is always essential. He had it and others envied him for it. He saw that Europe was a Christian category. But he also saw and knew others who planned the demise of this category and the danger of freelance attempts at reform.
The European commonwealth today is pagan. Cardinal Ottaviani died in 1979. Lacking the necessary leadership mediation from hierarchial government, in these recent years the Catholic voice has been vulnerable to distortion and chaotic misinterpretation.
The recourse of the centuries has always been to the theology of the Church. We have a hereditary task as Catholics to PROTECT and PRESERVE the framework of our theology as the Chruch has given it to us.