Our Lord Jesus to Luisa Piccarreta on September 6, 1924:
In what a sorrowful state my Church is! Those ministers who should defend Her, are Her most cruel executioners. But in order for Her to be reborn, it is necessary to destroy these members, and to incorporate innocent members, with no self-interest; so that through these, living like Her, She may return to be a beautiful and graceful child, as I constituted Her — without malice, more than a simple child — in order to grow strong and holy. Here is the necessity that the enemies wage battle: in this way the infected members will be purged. You — pray and suffer, that everything may be for my glory.
…today we see it in truly terrifying form: the greatest persecution of the Church does not come from external enemies, but is born of sin within the Church. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, interview on flight to Lisbon, Portugal; LifeSiteNews, May 12th, 2010
I know that after my departure savage wolves will come among you, and they will not spare the flock. (St. Paul, Acts 20:29)