I reprint this from Crux this morning. We are in ominous times and stealthy attacks and bamboozling tactics from high places compromise so much of authentic Catholicism from the top down and the bottom up! Our sure and certain Faith assures us that the gates of hell shall not prevail against the Church.
What is so disconcerting is that the good and tireless work of Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI to reverse the malaise in Catholicism inherited by the wishy-washy loss of Catholic identity of the 1960's has returned with a vengenace but this time from the papal magisterium.
I know many do not like what Pope Paul VI allowed, but he never ever confirmed the silliness in the season of his papacy to be confirmed by him but he tried heroically to change course. Humanae Vitae is an example. He decried liturgical abuse of the reformed Mass, tried to get more Latin chanted in the Mass and refused to allow those who wanted to ordain women prevail on his watch. He called what was happening during his reign in terms of the destruction of Catholic identity the "smoke of Satan" which he said had entered the sanctuary of the Church. His are prophetic words that should be taken very, very seriously today.
Many people in the Church, and I include myself in their ranks, see what is happening today with the recovery of the 1960's mentality in the papal magisterium as the decisive battle between the two aging groups of the 1960's represented by Pope Benedict and Pope Francis, polar opposites. Many believe the orthodox, common sense and pastoral approach of Pope Benedict will one day prevail in a decisive victory for the Church.