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In 1969 Cardinal Ratzinger, who would become Pope Benedict XVI, predicted that in the future the Church will become small and destitute, a minority that will be ignored and humiliated, but that then, he predicted, the Church will find itself and arise with great power as a more spiritual and simple Church.
No reason to call it "forgotten," it's very often quoted and has been since he made it.
What's interesting, I think, is to include what he said about the 3rd Secret of Fatima before Pope John Paul II decided to reveal something about it. JohnPaul II said this in 1980:
"We must prepare ourselves to suffer great trials before long, such as will demand of us a disposition to give up even life, and a total dedication to Christ and for Christ … With your and my prayer it is possible to mitigate this tribulation, but it is no longer possible to avert it, because only thus can the Church be effectively renewed. How many times has the renewal of the Church sprung from blood! This time, too, it will not be otherwise. We must be strong and prepared, and trust in Christ and His Mother, and be very, very assiduous in praying the Rosary."
Then-Cardinal Ratzinger in a 1984 interview in Jesus magazine, about the 3rd Secret of Fatima:
"Cardinal Ratzinger, have you read what is called the Third Secret of Fatima: i.e., the one that Sister Lucia had sent to Pope John XXIII and which the latter did not wish to make known and consigned to the Vatican archives?"
"Yes, I have read it."
"Why has it not been revealed?"
"Because, according to the judgement of the Popes, it adds nothing new to what a Christian must know concerning what derives from Revelation: i.e., a radical call for conversion; the absolute importance of history; the dangers threatening the faith and the life of the Christian, and therefore of the world. And then the importance of the novissimi.
"Novissimi" is us. Add to this his re-organization of churches in the Archdiocese of Vienna.
I'm not one for turning everything into the Second Coming, but it's apparent between the mystical JPII and the extraordinarily intelligent BXVI, something of a radical change is expected. And soon. I think the Pope is resigning and has made sure there will be a youngish and very strong Pope to lead us through the next decades. I think he stays at the Vatican to make sure the new Pope understands what he believes is coming and why he believes it.
It's time for us to pray. To stop any infighting about viewpoints. To stick hard, in faith, in obedience, in humility. It's time for everyone to just come home. No matter what happens, to believe Our Lord really did want this Church to exist and will protect Her no matter what.