Death and Rebirth

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by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  •  April 18, 2019   

Before he was pope, Fr. Ratzinger foresaw the outcome of current persecutions

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Long before becoming Pope Benedict XVI, the young Fr. Joseph Ratzinger foresaw the crucifixion and rise of Christ's mystical body, the Catholic Church.

Sexual predator priests, false theologians and atheist governments are hell-bent on destroying the bride of Christ. While the Church is in the midst of Her greatest crisis in history, it is reassuring to know that not only was the current multifaceted crisis foreseen but a glorious outcome was foretold.

Speaking to German radio, Ratzinger's words seem ominous and yet full of hope:

From the crisis of today the Church of tomorrow will emerge — a Church that has lost much. She will become small and will have to start afresh more or less from the beginning. … But when the trial of this sifting is past, a great power will flow from a more spiritualized and simplified Church. … And so it seems certain to me that the Church is facing very hard times. The real crisis has scarcely begun. We will have to count on terrific upheavals. But I am equally certain about what will remain at the end: not the Church of the political cult, which is dead already, but the Church of faith. … [It] will enjoy a fresh blossoming and be seen as man's home, where he will find life and hope beyond death.

Ratzinger was certain that the future was bright for a Church that was about to be devastated:

The future of the Church can and will issue from those whose roots are deep and who live from the pure fullness of their faith. It will not issue from those who accommodate themselves merely to the passing moment. ... The future of the Church, once again as always, will be reshaped by saints, by men, that is, whose minds probe deeper than the slogans of the day, who see more than others see, because their lives embrace a wider reality.

Watch the panel discuss the outcome of Christ's Passion within His mystical body in The Download—Death and Rebirth.

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