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Joseph Ratzinger—What Will the Church Look Like in 2000?

By James T. Majewski ( bio - articles - email ) | Feb 27, 2021 | In Catholic Culture Audiobooks (Podcast)

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Preview: "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."

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James T. Majewski is Director of Customer Relations for, the host and “voice” of Catholic Culture Audiobooks, and co-host of Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast. A film and voice actor based in New York City, he holds a BA in Philosophy and an MFA in Acting. See full bio.

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  • Posted by: James T. Majewski - Mar. 05, 2021 5:24 PM ET USA

    canónigoregular -- I couldn't agree more! Glad you enjoyed the reading.

  • Posted by: canónigoregular - Mar. 04, 2021 8:32 PM ET USA

    Benedict XVI - What a scholar! What a thinker! What a priest! The historical facts and characters covered in this talk are fascinating by themselves. After listening, I had to look up the online biographies of the four churchmen he mentions as diverse examples of currents from the enlightenment era of the turn of the 18th-19th centuries. The breadth and depth of Fr Ratzinger's analysis are enormous and compelling. Let us all be a part of the purification of the Church.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Feb. 28, 2021 1:08 PM ET USA

    Excerpt from C. Ratzinger's "Faith and the Future": "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.... It will be hard-going for the Church, for the process of crystallization and clarification will cost her much valuable energy. It will make her poor and...meek."