The Catholic Church will survive until the Last Day. Why? Because we have the Pope. The papacy was not cobbled up by a cabal of power-hungry old men in the Middle Ages, but is a divine institution personally erected by Christ. The divine institution of the papacy is supported in Scripture.
All of this is superbly and clearly explained by Fr. Eduard Perrone at Assumption Grotto parish -- the existence of which is the only thing capable of making me seriously contemplate living in Detroit. How fortunate the people there are to have such a parish, and such a pastor! You can find audio of Fr. Perrone's talk on this page. There will be more talks to come. As we find ourselves on the eve of a papal conclave, now is a good time to brush up on our papal theology, and remind ourselves why it is so important to pray for the election of a holy and heroic Pope (ahem)(Cardinal Burk)(ahem).
Thanks to Diane at Te Deum Laudamus! for bringing this to our attention.