We see stories like this every day. But one of the odd things I've noticed in talking to groups in the US is how there always seems to be someone around who is not Catholic but is prepared to praise the Catholic Church for the supposed subtlety and secular cogency of its arguments. It seems that some of the Church's endless stream of propaganda about itself is starting to have an effect, even on secular people.
Many Catholics are fine - I have no great quarrel with the many (probably a majority in Western countries) who are opposed to the Church's miserable moral teachings and its opportunistic attempts to meddle in politics. But please, everyone, stop making excuses for the Church itself or for its official teachings or its twisted idea of its political role.