In 2005-Prophetic-Ratzinger Decried”Filth” in the Church-but later as Pope,unable to fix it.

At the beginning of his papacy, Benedict XVI, seen here with German Archbishop...
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At the beginning of his papacy, Benedict XVI, seen here with German Archbishop Robert Zollitsch at the Vatican, described himself as “a simple humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord.”

Note: Article writtenApril 06, 2010 three years ago, relating Ratzinger’s thoughts in 2005.

The priest continues, speaking of weeds in the fields of the Lord, and of how much “filth there is in the Church,” the result of priests’ betrayal of God. “The soiled garments and face of your Church throw us into confusion. Yet it is we ourselves who have soiled them! It is we who betray you time and time again.” He beseeches God, saying: “Have mercy on your Church; even within her, Adam continues to fall again and again.”

These were prophetic words.

They reflected a bitterness and lack of illusions that could only have been expressed by an experienced cardinal who had exhaustively studied the files outlining the “filth in the Church.”

The speaker was Joseph Ratzinger. He was chastising his own church during the Easter holiday five years ago, in 2005. It was a bitter indictment by a veteran of the Church, who apparently had little hope and was on the verge of retirement. It was meant as a legacy and as a warning, ….

http://globalrumblings.blogspot.com/2013/03/2005-prophetic-ratzinger-decriedfilth.html

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