In 1969, a 42-year-old Catholic theologian uttered a ‘prophecy’ (‘Time Magazine’, June 7, 2010, p. 19) on a German radio station on a day when violent rioting broke out between Catholic nationalists and the Protestant population in Northern Island. That day, barricades were constructed at interface areas between Catholic and Protestant neighborhoods, and the area was rocked by intense rioting. In this broadcast, the priest envisaged a post-imperial papacy, shorn of wealth and pretences of earthly power, and added these remarkable words:
‘From today’s crisis [in Belfast], a church will emerge tomorrow that will have lost a great deal. She will be small and, to a large extent, will have to start from the beginning. She will no longer be able to fill many of the buildings created in her period of great splendor. Because of the small number of her followers, she will lose many of her privileges in society. Contrary to what has happened until now, she will present herself much more as a community of volunteers … As a small community she will demand much more from the initiative of each of her members and she will certainly also acknowledge new forms of ministry and will raise up to the priesthood proven Christians who have other jobs … It will make her poor and a church of the little people … All this will require time. The process will be slow and painful’.
(‘Time Magazine’, by Jeff Israely and Howard Chua-Eoan, June 7th, 2010, p. 19)
The theologian was Joseph Ratzinger, better known today as Pope Benedict XVI, and the question is this; ‘What information did he have that enabled him to confidently make that ‘prophecy’?’ If he was not blessed with psychic powers, then it is probable that he was subtly revealing the substance of the Third Secret of Fatima.