The Church has always had blemishes, warts and sin, always. But in the history of the Church times have be worse, especially in the time of St. Francis.
Our Faith tells us as does our Lord that the Church will not face extinction in the temporal spiritual battle. Satan tempts us to think he will win, but he, delusional as he is, doesn't realize he already lost the battle in eternity. Loser, past, present and to come. He simply is.
On September 18th, Wednesday, will be a year since my Italian Mom died. We remembered her this morning at Mass at Santa Chiara (Clare ) here in Assisi. My mother's full Italian name is Isolina Clara (Chiara) Sainati. She died last year one month shy of her 93rd birthday on October 18th.
Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord, and may light perpetual shine upon her.