Take a deep breath Bob. Much better when you do.
EWTN has produced a brilliant series on the history of the Papacy and the Church - available for downloading and listening on your computer or ipod. It’s here (scroll down a bit and you’ll see it)
I highly recommend it to everybody. What can clearly be seen is that there is absolutely nothing new in the way of the scandals or dissent of the present age. They are par for the course in terms of Church history, since the Bride of Christ has most always been under ferocious attack.
What IS highly unusual is the decades of relative calm of the first half of the 20th century, and yet so many seem to so blithely accept them as the norm.
Take a good look at the Arian heresy, the schism between Catholics and Orthodox, the Great Western schism, the Reformation, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution and Napoleonic periods - and on and on. And see the era immediately prior to Vatican 2 for what it truly was, a beautiful but finite oasis of relative peace in what has always been a turbulent history of our faith.