Is our past without blemish? Absolutely not. Will our future be without blemish? Absolutely not. Why, because the church is made up of people like you and me. I can promise you some really good scandals in the future, why because the Church is made up of people like you and me.
The move by the Vatican under Pope Francis to normalize the state named Communist bishops while asking the underground catholic prelates to step aside is the latest is a series of moves, the biggest being the unwillingness to address the Dubia submitted by 4 cardinals asking for clarification on Amoris Laetitia which has remained unanswered after nearly two years, that have been troubling to many Catholics concerned bout the faith.
The question becomes, what is the best way to deal with this type of thing. and I think the answer is very clear, very simple and very difficult.
Practice, Prayer and faith.
Regardless of the various articles, the pronouncements of media or the hits being thrown around by those “in the know” the actual doctrine of the church has not changed, the Catechism of the Catholic Church has not been edited and the basics of being a good catholic, Confession , Communion, the spiritual and corporal works of mercy and Scripture are they same as they were. And this reality of the church as it is, vs the church as some wish to remake it for their own purposes is all the matters.
So go out and practice your faith. Go to confession, Go to mass, receive communion,, go to adoration before the Blessed Sacrament and above all pray for the church and the Holy Father. Practice the Spiritual and corporal works of mercy. Be that Christian example that inspires.
And have faith that the Holy Spirit and God know what they are doing even if we don’t and have faith that Christ’s promise that the gates of hell will not stand against the church has not now, nor ever will be revoked.
Over 2000 years the Church has gotten through some really difficult times. Rest assured that we will get though these.