Interested in learning more about your Catholic Faith and the history of our glorious Church? New president of Catholic Answers (a phenomenal Catholic apostle - check them out at their website), Christopher Check gives a masterful lecture on the very important, and not very widely known, history surrounding the advance of Attila the Hun to the gates of Rome where he was turned back, not by Rome's Legions, which had collapsed, but by one man - the Successor of St. Peter, the Bishop of Rome, the Holy Father, St. Pope Leo the Great. If you have a spare hour, you'll find little better use than learning a bit more about a period in history which still shapes our world to this very day. I highly recommend checking it out,
It is especially important to remember that the Church - the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church - centered on Peter, and his successors, that is the light in this dreary and dark world. Christ has entrusted His mission to His Church to be continued on through the centuries by, yes, fallible, men. We, as Catholics, certainly have shown that even high ranking Churchmen can be cads, remembering another Leo (Pope Leo X) will suffice for that, but the Church has, out of all proportion, produced many holy men (and women) who have left an indelible mark on the world we all live in. Even the most virulent atheist must, if he be honest, thank the Church for the great good she has done, and continues to do, in the Name of Christ, in the world. Stopping the Huns from leveling Western Civilization is but one example among many, but one - as Mr. Check brilliantly shows - that has lasting implications today.
Often in the past it has been precisely the Roman Catholic Church who has turned back evil when it has treated to swamp the world and darken the Light (think of the Crusades for example). Pope Leo the Great did it with Attila. Pope John Paul the Great did it with the USSR. And, I suspect, another great pope will be called upon to do so with the ever increasing threat of Islamic extremism.