This may well be the culling of the Church. Anyone involved in politics knows that to discredit the credibility of one's foe is the first goal to accomplish. The mainstream media has been trashing the Catholic Church since the first scent of blood; i.e., the sex abuse scandal broke on the European continent and in Ireland.
This will help accomplish the second goal: to pick off the stragglers who were weak, young, or diseased.
Knowing that there is a growing virulent and violent demographic presence in the form of the Scimitar sets the stage for accomplishing the third goal: keeping the Catholic Church weary of attacks on many sides, otherwise known as "death by a thousand cuts."
Never mind that with the diminishment of the Catholic Church goes the last and greatest bastion against relativism. It is, after all, the sole source that offers epistemological, anthropological, theological, and soteriological certitude. Truth then is up for grabs by the highest bidder and the strongest political clout.
I do not turn a blind eye to the foolish, selfish, and sinful behavior that opened the door to this onrush of attacks. Without the sex scandal the task would have been much harder for her enemies to make such an immediate and unbalancing attack.
But the enemies of Mother Church think they have the upper hand. After all, they learned it well decades ago:
“The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly – it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over” Adolf Hitler (from the chapter "War Propaganda" in Mein Kampf)
My greatest prayer is that all of this will lead us to a counter-counter-reformation led by the Holy Father and other great souls. For them, to reform the reform that will lead to a leaner, better fit, and more faithful Church engaged in whole-hearted Marian chivalry.
But for these meantimes, stay close to the Altar, pray and defend our priests, be a Pope's man - or woman, and keep your armor oiled and ready:
Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground. So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate, and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace. In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all (the) flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
- Ephesians 6,12-17