Saturday, August 28, 2010

a timely "prophecy from a Catholic theologian in 1969"

Here is the amazing closing story from an excellent TIME article on the Catholic scandal, and potential ways the pope and church can navigate the future.  The article covers church and culture shift, includes the quote  from an abuse victim:"It's the peoples church, we have to take it back..This is way bigger than the Reformation"...and then this:
..A conservative website is circulating a prophecy uttered by a 42-year-old Catholic theologian in 1969, amid the turmoil of that year of radicalism and barricades. The priest envisioned a post-imperial papacy, shorn of wealth and pretenses of earthly power. "From today's crisis, a church will emerge tomorrow that will have lost a great deal," he said on German radio. "She will be small and, to a large extent, will have to start from the beginning. She will no longer be able to fill many of the buildings created in her period of great splendor. Because of the smaller number of her followers, she will lose many of her privileges in society. Contrary to what has happened until now, she will present herself much more as a community of volunteers ... As a small community, she will demand much more from the initiative of each of her members and she will certainly also acknowledge new forms of ministry and will raise up to the priesthood proven Christians who have other jobs ... It will make her poor and a church of the little people ... All this will require time. The process will be slow and painful." The theologian was Joseph Ratzinger. And his vision from 40 years ago may now unfold in ways he could never have imagined.  -link, page 5 of this Time Magazine article

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