The Roman Catholic Church was on the canvass in the late 16th Century, because the clergy had become secularist - priests, bishops, and even Popes more interested in promoting political action than in Doctrine.
Martin Luther threw the hay-maker when he challenged the Church theologically by nailing his 95 theses for debate on the Church door of Wittenberg.
All of the smart money was on the Protestant reforming factions and the Islamist threat posed by Suleiman the Magnificent.
The Catholic Church was not knocked out, but it did hear the ref doing the counting.
Before the ten count, it got off the canvass. The Church went back to its corner, swished some holy water around its choppers and spit the bad blood in the bucket - at the Council of Trent. The Church returned to its roots.
However, Catholics more so than the Red Hats seemed to make the practical difference - Ignatius Loyola - a Dog Faced Wounded Vet - formed the Jesuits and set about actually doing what the Apostles were told to do.
Another gent, Philip Neri worked up the lay people.
Neri was a rich kid from Florence. He decided to put business aside and work to help the Church and moved to Rome. For three years he toyed with idea of being a priest, but determined to work with lay people.
He amassed a group of like minded lay people and through conversations during the business day sought to live lives that would strengthen the Church. It worked. He developed a concept called the Oratory - a place where lay people could pray and discuss their Faith.
Philip Neri's Oratory became so popular that Neri's Confessor urged him to get himself ordained a priest - he did.
Neri used humor to poke fun at false assumptions doctrine and the practical life of most people.
There are Catholics out there concerned with the sad state of Church and continued lap-dogging of some in the clergy - like the President of that PR Driven School in Indiana, gutless 'catholic' politicians who go to Pancake breakfasts with the Knights of Columbus and then do the bidding of Planned Parenthood to kill more kids.
John Powers and Tom Roeser are two of the most public Philip Neri's in Chicago.
My neighborhood is packed with people who live the Gospel, while the chaps being paid to say Mass act like bitchy little girls.
There are priests like Father C. Frank Phillips,C.R. of St. John Cantius Parish at Chicago Ave. & Sangamon on the north side who have sparked devotion through the beauty, grace and dignity of the Traditional Latin Mass ( Novus Ordo & Tridentine) and he has helped attract more Americans to Holy Orders than any seminary. Go to St. John Cantius and witness a Church alive! Packed. Every Mass.
The Catholic Church has been on canvass many times in history.
There always seems to be a Philip Neri to help the Church spit out its busted teeth and get back in the fight.