As the opening of the Year of Faith approaches, as we turn more and more attention to the Holy Father’s desire for a New Evangelization, we also have to keep in mind what Benedict said about us Catholics becoming a “creative minority“. We must steel ourselves to hard times, and not just because of a global economic downturn. There is another downturn going on.
“The church will become small and will have to start afresh more or less from the beginning. She will no longer be able to inhabit many of the edifices she built in prosperity. As the number of her adherents diminishes . . . she will lose many of her social privileges.”
Cardinal J. Ratzinger (1969),
— republished in Faith and the Future(2009)
Biretta tip to Pertinacious Papist