Pope Benedict XVI’s original priestly name was “Father Benedict”.
In June 1970, he delivered a lecture in Munich entitled “Why I am still in the Church today”, (from Father Benedict: The Spiritual and Intellectual Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI, by James Day (Sophia Press),
“From today’s crisis will emerge a church that has lost a great deal.
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 become small and will have to start pretty much over again.
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.”