Here is an article from 2013 that makes some interesting observations.
On the one hand, the article notes that there is a feverish attempt at creating a one world government:
Over the last decade the global elite have been on a mad dash to consolidate power over the world…
Although the elite still enjoy a huge wealth advantage over the masses, they are now resigned to behaving like tyrants to maintain control. This, in turn, exposes their dark side which has been cleverly concealed for ages. Not anymore.
Yet, on the other hand, the article also states that more and more people are turning against the global order:
People are waking up in droves..
The article then gives 10 signs that the global elite are losing control. One of them concerns the Vatican:
Under the previous Pope, Pope Benedict, scandals erupted from the Vatican ranging from covering up pedophile priests to money laundering and fraud. Benedict, in an unprecedented move, abruptly retired to make way for a seemingly much more likable Pope Francis. Pope Francis by all measures is working furiously to reclaim the church’s peaceful and humble reputation. Whether this is genuine or a PR move, it’s telling that the church was forced into such a drastic turnaround to save itself from losing all credibility.
Rome used to be able to do whatever it wanted. Not anymore. Pope Francis I seems to have increased Rome’s popularity but time will tell how long it will last.