Wow. Mike Liccione is on fire, and with this little gem, he speaks for more than a few of us:
When I ponder the Church’s prospects, I do not go quite so far as the French bishop who, in response to Napoleon’s boastful threat to destroy the Church, replied: “You cannot succeed where so many generations of bishops have failed.” But I sometimes veer perilously close to such cynicism. One of the best signs of the Church’s divine origin is how she keeps on managing to survive her leadership. We happen to have a very good pope; but he is after all only a man, and he lived in an ecclesiastical bubble for too long. So, apparently, do many of his lieutenants.