No doubt many Catholics see the Roman Church and the Vatican similarly to the way Lord Byron used Bede's words to describe the Colosseum.
In their view, if the massive apparatus that has become the Vatican and the papacy were to fall, it would be a disaster not only for Catholicism but for all of Christianity.
Some of us have noted for a number of years now that the scenario is not that far-fetched. The Roman Church is in a state of implosion. It has been for a very long time.
Catholics in northern Europe, or parts of the Americas where the Church was planted centuries ago, know this. They have continuously warned the hierarchs in Rome, who, in turn, have only plugged their ears and shut their eyes.