Despite all the gloom and doom out there, I think we are entering a great moment in the life of the Church. If history is a consistent teacher, then all of this confusion and persecution is a precursor to God's action.
Look even before the foundation of the Church. When did things start turing around in the Old Testament? Just when things looked most bleak. It was at that moment that a prophet or king arose and refined everything.
In the history of the Church it was when things seemed hopeless that saints arise and that a new fervor, particularly from places unexpected (a man in poverty, begging and wearing odd clothes named Francis? Really? HE is going to restore the Church by telling people to be poor and live roughly? Does THAT sound like a message anybody would buy?)
The pot is being stirred. The ingredients are being added. The burner is lit. Like a good soup it will not be done instantly. It takes a long time for everything to simmer and then for the flavors to properly mix, and then cool and be served. It is a process and a long one if you are already hungry.
Faith and hope.
(About the title - It's aways darkest blah blah blah)