It's also sad for people who consider faith important to them. Because if religion follows the Vatican, it will just continued to be viewed as a hateful cult.It's sad for the people who oppress the church. In places of oppression the church thrives. China, Iran, India these places are seeing growth, despite overt government persecution. Where the church is dying is in places where human pride is strongest.
I also find it interesting that you're suggesting the church is a victim, considering it's one of the most oppressive forces in human history.