Reposted at Rorate today. What did God say to Abraham-- if there were only 20, or 10, such men? What if there were even 10 such stalwarts in the college of Cardinals? Not just true, but with true fortitude to care for the flock without regard to personal gain.
On our part, of course, it may be noteworthy to state that we often get the shepherds we deserve.
In short, things aren't great. But we have a duty to remain faithful, hope, love, and pray.
May God's mercy descend upon us in 2014 or whenever it please Him best.