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Father Joseph Ratzinger's prophetic words from 1970 are starting to come true...

Discussion in 'One Bread, One Body - Catholic' started by Michie, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. Michie

    Michie Perch Perkins. Catholic reporter. ;) Supporter

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    “From the crisis of today the Church of tomorrow will emerge—a Church that has lost much.”


    From the crisis of today the Church of tomorrow will emerge—a Church that has lost much. It will become small and will have to start afresh more or less from the beginning. It will no longer be able to inhabit many of the edifices it built in its palmy days. As the number of its adherents diminishes, so will it lose many of its social privileges. In contrast to an earlier age, it will be seen much more as a voluntary society, entered only by free decision. As a small society it will make much bigger demands on the initiative of its individual members. Undoubtedly it will discover new forms of ministry, and will ordain to the priesthood approved Christians who pursue some profession. In many smaller congregations or in self-contained social groups, pastoral care will normally be provided in this fashion. Alongside this, the full-time ministry of the priesthood will be indispensable as formerly.

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    Father Joseph Ratzinger's prophetic words from 1970 are starting to come true...
     
  2. Fantine

    Fantine Dona Quixote Supporter

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    Interesting statements. Like this one:

    I thought the gender-neutral language in this was very interesting...

    And this:

    Obviously, we're not there, because sectarian narrow-mindedness is stronger than ever.

    But he's wrong so far. The Church is bigger than ever, having evangelized the third world. But in doing so they have stopped dialoguing with the first and second worlds, and for that reason they are closing buildings and becoming poor.
     
  3. Azureknight 773

    Azureknight 773 IXA the Knight Kamen Rider CF Ambassadors

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    I find this amusing as we witness today's wave of crises. The Church herself is not immune and that there will be a big rise to secular stuffs that aren't in line with that of our Church's teaching.
     
  4. WarriorAngel

    WarriorAngel I close my eyes and see you smile Supporter

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    Just so you know - there are women who do many duties to help priests now - and they are called lay ecclesiastical ministers. They are not ordained priests.... for in case this is where you think the Church is heading. It isnt. Wanted to point that out before wheels start turning in here.

    I know - that's what i am studying besides my certificate for MA.

    ;)
     
  5. Wolseley

    Wolseley Beaucoup-Diên-Cai-Dāu

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    If "dialogue with" means in practical terms "compromise with", then I say good; let's become poor.

    What will it profit us if we gain the entire world and lose our own souls?
     
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