In a German radio broadcast in 1969 Fr Joseph Ratzinger said among other things , " She (the Church) will become small."
I must stress that in the title of the thread “How small does the church become before it disappears ?” I am not asking about the Universal Church , but about my local church , the part of the Universal Church I am most acquainted with .
Going back to my younger days , within the town were four parishes served by eleven priests .
Now the town has two parishes served by two priests .
So we have gone from 4 parishes and 11 priests to 2 parishes and 2 priests .
I have been thinking that if in the future the church here declines at the rate it has in my lifetime there will soon be no church here .
Any thoughts ?
Anyone whose local church is having similar problems ?