There are some ongoing problems with how the Church's liturgical cycle fits around this calendar's precision of time -- most notably surrounding the Apostles' Fast -- which are not cut-and-dry one way or the other. Is there an issue with the way the liturgical cycle fits on this calendar? Unquestionably yes. Is this issue insurmountable? Perhaps not. But I'm not certain it is helpful or accurate to be too presumptive in insisting that it has worked and does work, simply because it has been adopted; nor too dismissive of those who have genuine questions and points to make in this regard.
Of course it can be fixed. The problem is not the "New" calendar, it is the old and arbitrary way that Pascha is currently reckoned that actually now violates rather than upholds the canons that is the problem. Fix that and everything else is restored to God's own glorious harmony.
The issue of calendar(s) has long since become an emotive rallying point. This makes it very difficult to discuss, since either those supporting the old calendar quickly start branding everyone support of the new as intrinsically 'ecumenists'; or those supporting the new start branding those who question it as antiquarian and out-of-touch.
We are the people of Truth and light, not falsehood and darkness. A serious, unemotional re-examination of the real intent of the canons is in order, don't you think? Not to justify preferences, but to determine what does, indeed, uphold the ideals and teachings of the Church, to establish good order and unity.
In such situations it is always helpful to take a step back, remember the right framework of obedience and humility, and seek more openly to understand what calendars are and what they mean to Orthodox liturgical life, and how this should inform our discussion of the merits, strengths, weaknesses and problems encountered on any calendar system as it used by the Church.
Absolutely. We should not allow "traditions of men" to subvert the message of Christ, to do the things that uphold Christ in the world and not simply because "that is the way we have always done it". That is what got the Jews in trouble, wasn't it?
Little thoughts from a little brain.
Herman the Pooh