Before he died in 2000, Fr. John Hardon warned, just as Bishop Jenky does, that Catholics will need heroic faith to survive the revolution that is coming as a result of the breakdown of religious life in the Western world. Here's a portion of his prophetic warning made in 1999 at a National Meeting of the Institute on Religious Life:
The Holy See [Pope John Paul II was pope at the time.] seriously wonders how much of the Catholic Church will survive in wealthy prosperous nations of the Western world like our own. What then is the remedy? There is only one way which the revolution can be reversed -- and it had better be reversed. Professed Catholics who call themselves Christians must reexamine their faith. We must be sure we believe that God became man in the Person of Jesus Christ. We must believe that when God became man He instituted the Holy Eucharist. We must believe that the consecrated life -- of consecrated poverty, consecrated chastity, and consecrated obedience is most pleasing to Jesus Christ. When God became man He made sure He lived a life, I repeat, of consecrated chastity, obedience and poverty....Not only religious life, but the Catholic Church will be preserved only where there are -- hear it -- Catholics who are living martyrs....Ordinary Catholics will not survive this revolution. They must be Catholics who are thoroughly convinced that God became Man in the person of Jesus. They must be convinced there is only one supreme authority on earth: the authority of Jesus Christ vested in the Vicar of Christ. What the Church needs, desperately needs, is strong believing Catholics. Otherwise, one nation after another, like our own, will be wiped out as a Christian country.Father ended his talk with a prayer a portion of which read: "Lord Jesus...Help us, we beg You, to become more and more like You -- living examples of what the early Church showed the pagan world: that you are our God and we are Your creatures, born in this wold to convert a pagan world to Christianity."