Pope: No! Everything is not fine.
Blogged by James Preece on 15th February 2013
Pope Benedict speaking to seminarians in Rome a few days ago...
Naturally, there is a false optimism and a false pessimism. A false pessimism that says: the time of Christianity is finished.
No: it is beginning again!
The false optimism was that after the Council, when the convents were closing, the seminaries were closing, and they were saying: but it's nothing, everything's fine...
No! Everything is not fine.
There are also grave, dangerous downfalls, and we must recognize with healthy realism that this is not all right, it is not all right when wrongful things are done. But also to be sure, at the same time, that if here and there the Church is dying because of the sins of men, because of their unbelief, at the same time it is being born anew.
The future really does belong to God: this is the great certainty of our life, the great, true optimism that we know. The Church is the tree of God that lives forever and bears within itself eternity and the true inheritance: eternal life.”