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Sunday, June 25, 2023

Sunday Meditation: Pope Benedict's Prophecy

“From today’s crisis will emerge a church that has lost a great deal. It will no longer have use of the structures it built in its years of prosperity. The reduction in the number of faithful will lead to it losing an important part of its social privileges. It will become small and will have to start pretty much over again. It will be a more spiritual church and will not claim a political mandate flirting with the Right one minute and the Left the next. It will be poor and will become the Church of the destitute.” —Prophecy of Benedict XVI

And where are you likely to find the growing Church with many children where orthodoxy is embraced and reverence for Jesus Christ in the Eucharist is recognized by all and not rejected by 85% of those attending the Mass?



  1. I’ve really enjoyed this series Mary Ann, thank you. Love his papacy or not, and I hope everyone is still praying for his soul, Pope Benedict XVI was spot-on in his prophecy here. I’m visiting family out of state right now, and in a couple of hours, will drive past several Churches to attend the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at an SSPX Chapel. I do so without apology.

  2. Thanks for your kind words, Andrew. I'm working on another post in the series. Please pray for me. I'll pray for you at Mass this morning and for all the blog visitors, but especially those who are so kind in the comment section.

  3. I am not so fortunate in that my diocese is very hostile to the ursus antiquitor. The SSPX comes to our area once a month and I will not attend the “Minstrel Show” mass in my area. But next week is Mass week with the SSPX. God bless you Mary Ann.

    1. Dito here, except we just came up for air and wiil hold our breath or will drive 8 hour round trip next 3 weeks.

  4. I think you are quoting the “Ratzinger prophecy”, a more full account of it is here:

    Keep up the good work.

  5. The Pope, Vicar of Christ, Viceroy of Heaven (I’ve started using that title since it helps me understand better the phrase “Vicar of Christ”), is connected directly to Jesus Christ within the Holy Trinity through the Papal Office. Christ speaks to His Bride, the members of His Body, through this man in this Office. We recognize Our Lord, we hear His voice, and we follow Him.

    “27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me”. (John 10:27)

    This man led me into the Church because I recognized Christ my Lord in him.

    These words you quote here are well known and actually a comfort to me as they speak of the storm we all see, but that the Lord God is with us, we need not fear the trial.

    I second what Andrew Dunn said above: thank you.

    1. Remember, Francis has renounced the title “Vicar of Christ “. Maybe he got that one right.

  6. Thank you for the link to the longer Ratzinger quote, Woody. I recommend readers go and read it in full. It certainly puts what's happening in perspective. God bless Pope Benedict. May his time in purgatory, if he has any, be short.

  7. As the tragic, unfaithful Apostles busy themselves tearing out all the green and growth and flowers of the Catholic fields, the pronouncement of one the few, so very, very faithful Apostles - in response to the persecution directed at him for the crime of being faithful to Christ; supporting faithful sheep; defending Sacred Tradition; glorifying Our Lord in his deeds …

    - quote -

    “To be persecuted for speaking truth is an honor every Christian should be willing to embrace. It is walking with Jesus Christ who is Truth Incarnate. If we know Jesus it is easier to speak His Truth no matter what forces oppose us. The opposition is temporary, Jesus is forever.” (Bishop Strickland, June 25)

    - unquote -

    The choice of LeFebvre is now the choice of Strickland … will soon be the choice (I have little doubt) of myself, my family, every Catholic everywhere. There is no hiding from this conflict. Who do you serve? Who do you say “I am”?

    The fields are being burned to the ground, as Pope Benedict XVI foretold. It will not be pleasant, and no Catholic will be spared … by definition of the prophetic statement, we will all be tried by fire. Know the Faith. Love the Faith. Stay in the Ark. Stick to Sacred Tradition and the Creeds. Love Jesus more than your self and your security, your comforts … Jesus, Mary, Heaven, saving souls … only this.

    Bishop Strickland seems to be at peace. Be prepared, peace requires preparation.

    Side note: I met Bishop Strickland in BBC an airport soon after his Consecration to Bishop … I was still a relatively new Catholic. I didn’t know he was a Bishop, until the end of our conversation. I only knew he was a Priest and that was enough for me to enthusiastically engage him in conversation. I brought nothing to the conversation but enthusiasm, and he kindly shared his time with me. My impression: solid man, courteous, kind, intelligent, deep, austere, a military bearing.

    God bless him. I offered Mass for him today.

  8. This 'prophecy" was written in 1969: "In 2009 Ignatius Press released Father Joseph Ratzinger’s speech “What Will the Church Look Like in 2000” in full, in a book entitled Faith and the Future."

    Since Ratzinger had so much to do w/what happened to the church including the excom of +L, is it not a statment of intent/plan? What I found most chilling about it, is that Ratzinger foresaw the 'reforms' of Luther and Escriva regarding the priesthood and that ALL of us would be living in a "totally planned" (1984) society.

    On the Priesthood: "Undoubtedly it will discover new forms of ministry and will ordain to the PRIESTHOOD approved Christians (what is an "approved Christian"? does it include women) who pursue some profession (opus dei). In many smaller congregations or in self-contained social groups, pastoral care will normally be provided in this fashion. Along-side this, the full-time ministry of the priesthood will be indispensable as formerly (sounds like someone added this sentence for orthodoxy because full-time ministry is incompatible w/the small, poor (can't support priests) church that isn't occupying all the bldgs they've sold off to pay for "the narcotic of some pleasure or other" --Lifesite News reveals one secretary's public sodomy but covers for the other and the vice that brought about his resignation).

    Perhaps why the vatican is so busy supporting vaccinating and locking us down like cattle: "Men in a totally planned world will find themselves unspeakably lonely"

    on the Church: "in the presence of the [?Holy?] Spirit until the end of the world."

    On the sacraments (which are a sign instituted by Christ to give grace). "In faith and prayer she will again recognize the sacraments as the worship of God and not as a subject for liturgical scholarship."

    Ratz/Francis: "or from those who merely criticize others and assume that they themselves are infallible" and here "The process will be all the more arduous, for sectarian narrow-mindedness as well as pompous self-will will have to be shed."

    At the same time Ratzinger was rehabilitating SSPX and tridentine mass he was rehabilitating Luther and protestant supper meal

    The Catholicity of the Augsburg Confession (1976)

    Jesuits/Ignatius Press publicizing a speech ensures to my mind that the sentiments/vision expressed therein is NOT Catholic.

    "Another source in Rome told LifeSite’s Dr. Maike Hickson: “The fact that Josef Clemens was and is an active homosexual is well known among us here in Rome.”

    Update: Gänswein wrote to the journalist Maike Hickson that he was not aware that the man who took the picture was the gay propagandist David Berger adding that he is often asked to pose for photos.

  9. It is not by chance that Ingrid Stampa and Josef Clemens have been named among the Vatilekas instigators, in a sort of gangs’ warfare

    But to think that Paolo Gabriele – previously a floor cleaner at the Vatican Secretariat of State– managed to become the first ever Chamber Assistant to His Holiness should give us pause.

  10. Also in regard to the priesthood, in 1969 Ratz "prophesizes" the role of "accompaniment" that Francis has not ceased to froth at the mouth about since he took over from Benedict XVI:

    "The kind of priest who is no more than a social worker can be replaced by the psychotherapist and other specialists; but the priest who is no specialist, who does not stand on the [sidelines],but the priest who is no specialist, who does not stand on the [sidelines], watching the game, giving official advice, [when were any of these straw men he sets up ever the definition of a catholic priest (and ratz is writing
    in 1969)--what happened to preaching the gospel, baptizing all nations in the name of Jesus Christ, administering the sacraments, passing on the faith?] but in the name of God places himself at the disposal of man, who is BESIDE them in their sorrows, in their joys, in their hope and in their fear, such a priest will certainly be needed in the future."

    TIA has something about this today: "Authority Supplanted by ‘Service’" (but it is also the Faith and the sacraments (giving grace) which has been erased) in this idea of the priest as an accompanier of man rather than a servant of God to do the great commission that Jesus Christ gave the priesthood when He instituted it at the Last Supper and when He ascended into heaven. All their fancy ideas about serving and hierarchy fly right out the window when they are covering up their own vicious sins of sodomy and pedophilia - then they will tell any lie and demand obedience on pain of losing your reputation, your livelihood, and your priestly faculties. They have even sent priests who don't go along to the insane asylum and no doubt some have been murdered.

    “I don’t know what happened to my brother. They won’t even tell me where they found him, how they found him,” he said.

    According to his girl friend, Pellegrini had had a homosexual relationship with a Chicago priest and was part of a secret clerical "Boys Club" that not only included homosexual assignations, but also ritualistic, occult worship and the sexual abuse of young boys garnered from low income ethnic families in the city. Pellegrini's girlfriend told the police that Frank had told her that he wanted out of the Club and had scheduled a meeting with Chancery officials on the matter shortly before his death. She said that she and Frank had planned to marry.

    One of the puzzling mysteries surrounding the murder involved Cardinal Bernardin. According to the police who were present at the crime scene, shortly after Pellegrini's body was discovered, Cardinal Bernardin arrived at the murdered man's home to quiz the officers about the killing. The cardinal told police that he did not know the murdered man. This raises the obvious question of how he learned of the killing so quickly and of what special interest was Pellegrini to him since he did not know the victim. The Pellegrini case was reopened in the early 1990s, but to date, the crime remains unsolved and Father Greeley remains silent ...