"our humble awareness that we don't see what the Pope is doing in the background; nor necessarily understand his overall strategy."
Sometimes, other people express succintly what I have difficulty saying. This is it.
From NLM blog
The thing we must always keep in mind is that the Church is both human and divine.
We can be realists about the crisis surrounding us without succumbing to despair at the same time. Sure, look reality in the face; don't look at problems with rose-coloured glasses; acknowledge problems and lay out critiques where they are merited. But let us always remember that the Church isn't merely a human institution. History has show that institution can be brought to the brink but then brought back from it.
It is a trick of satan to ultimately go after the likes of Pope Benedict and despair that he is "doing nothing" for example -- even though we do not have the sight to see and know for certain what he is doing! What a great strategy of the devil! We attack those whom we should most support and trust, thus dividing ourselves.
The focus of our "attack", if you will, should rather be upon those things that are destroying our faith, and not on those whom we know share our faith and, one way or another, seek to help it. That is particularly where our trust and patience need come into play, and also our humble awareness that we don't see what the Pope is doing in the background; nor necessarily understand his overall strategy.
Christ, and heaven, will prevail.