Joseph Ratzinger, (Pope Benedict XVI) Faith and the Future, 1969
“The church will become small and will have to start afresh more or less from the beginning. 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. . . . The real crisis has scarcely begun. We will have to count on terrific upheavals.”

Joseph Ratzinger, Milestones, 1998
“Setting [the Novus Ordo] (New Mass) as a new construction over against what had grown historically, forbidding the results of this historical growth, thereby makes the liturgy appear to be no longer a living development but the product of erudite work and juridical authority; this has caused us enormous harm. For then the impression had to emerge that liturgy is something “made,” not something given in advance.”

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