Despite being born and raised during the papacy of St. John Paul II, I really didn’t know much about him until 5 years ago. Now, I’m sure like many, I regret not paying attention more. The more I learn about JPII, the more I realize he truly was a saint for our times.

When I started to take my faith more seriously was right around the time that Pope Francis became pope. Thus for me, Pope Benedict has always been the pope after John Paul II and before Francis, and not much more. But, the more I read and learn of him, the more I wonder if he was also a man for our times.

A few weeks ago, my father-in-law shared the transcript from a 1969 German radio interview with then Fr. Joseph Ratzinger (future Pope Benedict).  In this interview, Ratzinger spoke on the future of the Church.

I wanted to share a couple excerpts from that interview. If you had told me that he said this yesterday, I would have believed you. His 1969 words were prophetic, but also hopeful.

“From the crisis of today the Church of tomorrow will emerge — a Church that has lost much. She will become small and will have to start afresh more or less from the beginning….”

“And so it seems certain to me that the Church is facing very hard times. The real crisis has scarcely begun. We will have to count on terrific upheavals. But I am equally certain about what will remain at the end: not the Church of the political cult, which is dead already, but the Church of faith. It may well no longer be the dominant social power to the extent that she was until recently; but it will enjoy a fresh blossoming and be seen as man’s home, where he will find life and hope beyond death.”

For the full transcript of his closing remarks, check out this link here.


Be the Men,


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