An article for which I just read the intro said that bloggers are getting down to the task of commenting on the Pope's visit to the United States.
I am not an American, but as a close neighbour, I've been observing.
This is an exciting time to be a Catholic. We have a Pope who is willing to brave possible hostility in order to proclaim un-varnished Catholic teaching. People are noticing.
I have noticed an increase of cross-traffic. Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) personalities such as Mother Angelica and Raymond Arroyo are showing up in Columbia Magazine (the monthly magazine of the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic men's organization), while Carl Anderson (the chief Knight...cannot recall his exact title) has been interviewed on EWTN. Dinesh D'Souza is showing up all over.
It's getting stranger. The mainstream press has been seen to be getting information about the Catholic Church correct! That so rarely happens.
Recently, on Catholic Answers Live, it was said that Protestant ministers are becoming Catholic in rather large numbers.
So what is going on?
I wonder if in these times of constant change, and constant confusion about what is or is not truth, the Church is being seen as one who does not change with the whims of public opinion. She is constant. Those honestly seeking truth will realize that truth cannot contradict itself. Is there a God, or isn't there? Did He become incarnate, or didn't He? Is life intrinsically valuable, or is it not?
When talking to dh about this, he also noted that at the same time that the Truth in Catholicism is increasingly recognized, we can be sure there will be a backlash.
Funny, just the day after we were talking about this, I read in New Advent that a Muslim leader has said that Islam will conquer Rome http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/new.php?n=12331
Whether or not the forementioned will be the backlash, it will come. It could come in the form of legislation which slowly chokes the ability of the Church to continue to proclaim Truth. I could come in the form of legislation limiting the power of parents to teach Truth to their children. It could be a combination of things.
When the scandal of misbehaving priests broke, many thought that the Church would suffer. I think the Church has gotten stronger. The evil that had been hidden so long was being brought to the light. It is now being dealt with.
People are making a conscious decision to enter the Church.
The gates of Hell will not prevail.