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More on Benedictís revolutionary act: his astonishing predictions
LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Steve Jalsevac

Posted on 02/28/2013 5:54:07 AM PST by BlatherNaut

...It should be emphasized that the article was written because of a truly extraordinary action by Pope Benedict that was unprecedented in the entire history of the Roman Catholic Church. Yes, there were a couple of other resignations of popes in the past, but the circumstances were totally different. Never has a pope resigned because he felt too tired and weak to carry on. This was a revolutionary act of huge significance and very much related to all that we have been reporting on the international culture war of life vs death.

Benedict's radical action and sense of urgency for doing so makes more sense in the light of excerpts from what then Fr. Ratzinger stated in a series of 1969-70 radios addresses on German and Vatican radio. These were published in 2009 in the book, Faith and the Future.

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TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: benedictxvi; josefratzinger

1 posted on 02/28/2013 5:54:13 AM PST by BlatherNaut
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To: BlatherNaut
From the article:

Benedict's radical action and sense of urgency for doing so makes more sense in the light of excerpts from what then Fr. Ratzinger stated in a series of 1969-70 radios addresses on German and Vatican radio. These were published in 2009 in the book, Faith and the Future.

“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…. As a small society, [the Church] will make much bigger demands on the initiative of her individual members…."

This is a revelation to me. I didn't know that he had written anything in this vein but I see the truth in it and expect to see this kind of radical change played out soon. In fact...at the local level we're already seeing it in dioceses across the western world as parishes and schools are closed and consolidated. But I expect to see it on a grander scale.

2 posted on 02/28/2013 6:07:08 AM PST by pgkdan ( "Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not." ~Thomas Jefferson)
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If you really start digging you will be surprised and fascinated by many of the writings of the former Cardinal Ratzinger. Not always in an agreeable way I might add.

My local Diocese may indeed shrink to 200 Latin Mass adherents meeting at a church across town. Is that a good thing for the world and society? Personally I think not.


3 posted on 02/28/2013 6:12:31 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I find the comments on this article interesting.One poster says “When Augustine sensed his death approaching he “excommunicated” himself (ceased receiving the Eucharist, he did not separate himself from The Church)* and undertook a public penance. In his last days he manifested his solidarity with the public sinners who seek for pardon and grace through the renunciation of communion.”The Pope wrote this.


4 posted on 02/28/2013 6:19:39 AM PST by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: BlatherNaut

Very interesting post and comments. Thanks.


5 posted on 02/28/2013 6:22:15 AM PST by PGalt
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To: BlatherNaut

Watch live-Meeting with Cardinals.

http://www.ewtn.com/multimedia/live_player.asp


6 posted on 02/28/2013 6:40:57 AM PST by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: zot

read post 1 and 2


7 posted on 02/28/2013 7:23:44 AM PST by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: pgkdan

Benedict XVI’s prediction is nothing new and novel, but tracks perfectly with St. Paul’s letter to the Romans, chapter 11 verse 5 (”Even so then at this present time also, there is a remnant saved according to the election of grace.”)


8 posted on 02/28/2013 7:47:45 AM PST by nd76
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“Dear friends, may no adversity paralyze you. Be afraid neither of the world, nor of the future, nor of your weakness. The Lord has allowed you to live in this moment of history so that, by your faith, his name will continue to resound throughout the world.” ― Pope Benedict XVI

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“There are times when the burden of need and our own limitations might tempt us to become discouraged. But precisely then we are helped by the knowledge that, in the end, we are only instruments in the Lord's hands; and this knowledge frees us from the presumption of thinking that we alone are personally responsible for building a better world. In all humility we will do what we can, and in all humility we will entrust the rest to the Lord. It is God who governs the world, not we. We offer him our service only to the extent that we can, and for as long as he grants us the strength. To do all we can with what strength we have, however, is the task which keeps the good servant of Jesus Christ always at work: “The love of Christ urges us on” (2 Cor 5:14).”

Pope Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est

9 posted on 02/28/2013 9:07:24 AM PST by BlatherNaut
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To: GreyFriar

Thanks. I read post 1 and 2. It certainly looks as though more and more persecution is coming, and the hope is for a purified remnant of Christianity.


10 posted on 02/28/2013 3:31:28 PM PST by zot
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To: BlatherNaut
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11 posted on 02/28/2013 5:17:09 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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