The Church is under attack in the Western world as a liberal, secular worldview attempts to remove legitimacy from the idea of truth. As a follower of Christ, the Church will suffer the same rejection Jesus endured and we must remember that this suffering is a grace, however difficult this may be. This trial will lead to a new fruitfulness where the Church will be purified and become a stronger missionary presence that will attract new people to Christ. The media attacks against the Holy Father should prepare us for the coming attacks against the Church.
We do not stand alone in this struggle. There are other voices who see what is at stake in this cultural assault. There is a beautiful article offered in Logia: A Journal of Lutheran Theology which offers a defense of the pope and examines the origin of this attack.