Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s Prophecy of a “More Spiritual and Simple Church”
In 1969, Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI, then theologian Father Ratzinger, spoke about the future of the Church. He prophesied, “It will become small and will have to start pretty much all over again. 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 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.” He prophesied that “when all the suffering is past, a great power will emerge from a more spiritual and simple Church” and that this renewed Church will be a sign of hope for those who have not come to know the love of God.
Jesus’ Prophecy of a Renewed Church
Similar to Pope Benedict XVI’s prophecy, Jesus King of All Nations prophesied that “a great renewal of My Holy Church, of mankind and indeed of all creation will follow the cleansing action of My Justice.” He said, “How greatly I Love My people! It is for your good O mankind that I allow My Justice to be poured out in order to awaken your conscience and correct your sinful behavior. Yet you see how dearly I Love you in that I continually warn you and even seek to comfort you in the pain of the cleansing which is almost upon you.” (Journal 414).
Let us respond to Jesus’ request to “come before His image” and let us receive His Divine Mercy against the pain of His cleansing which is almost upon us!
Let us pray that Jesus is publicly proclaimed as our True King and that He receives the honor of soon being enthroned and venerated in His image in homes and Catholic churches throughout the United States of America!