“If anyone wants to have the Church changed, he must make himself the starting-point of renewal. For the critic himself is part of what the Church is suffering from. For usually his own life is not much of a recommendation for Christianity.”?
Well, nobody bit in the combox, except for an appreciative response from Lisa Graas. A number of people guessed on my Facebook page, including Steven Greydanus of DecentFilms.com and NCRegister who correctly guessed that the quote sounded translated; Veronica Ambuul of the Colorado Catholic Herald who made a good guess of St. John Vianney; Sherry Weddell of the invaluable Catherine of Siena Institute who made the same guess I did when I was presented the quote by our own Jude Huntz, - Pope Benedict; and, again, our own Santiago Ramos, who came up with a fairly close answer in time and space - Fr. Hans Kung.
But the correct answer is Fr. Karl Rahner, SJ from Theology for Renewal: Bishops, Priests, Laity. (1964, Sheed and Ward)
The quote struck me for two reasons when Jude read it to me:
1. It was an instance of a famous academic theologian indicating a humility necessary to the job which is sorely missing today.
2. It is a direct indictment of me, and an appropriate corrective for my lent.