The Church Under Attack
When asked what happened, Pope Leo XIII explained that when he was about to leave the foot of the altar, he heard two voices talking - one kind and gentle, the other harsh and arrogant. He heard the following conversation:
The arrogant voice of Satan boasting to Our Lord: "I can destroy your Church." The gentle voice of Our Lord: "You can? Then go ahead and do so." Satan: "To do so, I need more time and more power."
Our Lord: "How much time? How much power?” Satan: "75 to 100 years, and a greater power over those who will give themselves over to my service." Our Lord: "You have the time, you will have the power. Do with them what you will."
The 20th century has witnessed the fulfillment of this prophecy - world wars, the spread of atheism, the general decline of faith and morals. More significantly, the Catholic Church, whom Satan has boasted he can destroy, is battered and bruised - priestly scandals, declining vocations, deep divisions and discord within the hierarchy, declining mass attendance...the list of problems goes on and on.