“But in all of the changes at which one might guess, the Church will find her essence afresh and with full conviction in that which was always at her center: faith in the triune God, in Jesus Christ, the Son of God made man, in the presence of the Spirit until the end of the world. In faith and prayer she will again recognize her true center and experience the sacraments again as the worship of God and not as a subject for liturgical scholarship.
The Church will be a more spiritual Church, not presuming upon a political mandate, flirting as little with the Left as with the Right. It will be hard going for the Church, for the process of crystalization and clarification will cost her much valuable energy. It will make her poor and cause her to become the Church of the meek.”
Stunning! I can see the predicament the bishops find themselves in. How do they return to the Gospel of agape/love and nonviolence when so much of their diocese depends on the state. Their parishioners have never heard of the Church before the compromise with Constantine and will be shocked when we must return to that Church. What bishop wants to be remembered for losing the grandeur and power the seat now claims? He might be a saint in the distant future, but he would be reviled in his lifetime and in the near future. So, they pretend that all will be just fine and hope that they are already a cardinal before the collapse… We need leaders.