In 1870 under the reign of Pope Pius IX, this question was not just questioned but also answered. The Papal States which at one time held a good portion of the central Italian Peninsula, had fallen. However, rewind about ten years. A call to arms was made, the bells of Churches rang and the bugles called. The respond to this call were men of Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, Italy, France, England, the United States, and plenty others. These men became the Papal Zouaves, combined with the Swiss Guards, the Noble Guards, the Palatine Guards, and I believe the Corsican Guards, these made up the Papal Army - All the Pope’s Men.
Although the temporal power of the Pope fell for almost 50 years or so, the spirit and courage of the men that fought under the Golden Keys lived on. It still lives on today, in the hearts of every Catholic willing to defend, fight, kill, and die for the Holy Father. If any an army were to tread on the sacred ground of Saint Peter’s, the Papal Zouaves would again accept the call to arms.
Nations like China can take the lives, the churches, the priests, the nuns, the brothers and the rest of them, but they cannot take the Catholicism away from us. No one can. To quote William Wallace, proper, “They can take our lives, but they can never take our freedom” of religion.
Long live the Pope.
~ Pius :knight1: