No. Quite the reverse. The liberals lose by a larger margin at every General Conference, and are extremely frustrated, to the point of considering leaving the UMC.
I am frustrated by the fact that UM conservatives seem to see homosexuality as the primary battle and abortion as a secondary issue, whereas in my view the situation is exactly the opposite. The UMC’s official position remains staunchly conservative on homosexuality, while it is confused and ambiguous on abortion.
I’ll be shocked if they don’t during the next general conference (2016 I believe).
I’ll be shocked if they do. More likely they will start talking about dividing the denominational assets and separating into two denominations, so they don’t keep butting heads every four years to no purpose. I hope they don’t do that, but it seems that more and more folks on both sides are talking about it as a lesser evil to the present gridlock.
But really that is beside the point. My original point stands - yes there are elements of sanctification and truth in the Protestant world, but there is also error and evil. The elements of truth and goodness can also be found in the Church - without the officially sanctioned error.
Unfortunately, in practical, empirical terms this is obviously not the case. The “fullness of truth” claim is only tenable in this form: that the Catholic dogmas are compatible with all truth. That is a believable, and indeed compelling claim. The claim that all elements of truth are currently expressed and practiced in the Catholic Church is patently false, and you simply discredit the case for Catholicism when you expect people to believe something so absurd.
Furthermore, the primary reason for attending services of another Christian body is to express fellowship with believers of that tradition. Conservative Catholics seem to think of worship in solely vertical terms, excluding the importance of fellowship among believers. This is one of those elements of truth which is not well expressed in Catholicism as currently constituted, particularly in its most aggressively “orthodox” forms. (Many American parishes do try to foster fellowship, but usually in clumsy and heavy-handed ways, which more traditional Catholics understandably resent.)