The message of Benedict XVI to Cdl. Meisner’s funeral Pope Emeritus Benedict Monday, July 17, 2017 Benedict spoke to the late German cardinal the day before he died. Now addressing the mourners at the funeral, he writes that his late friend lived “increasingly from the conviction that the Lord does not leave his Church, even if at times the ship is almost filled to the point of shipwreck.” © 2017 The Catholic Thing. All rights reserved. For reprint rights, write to: firstname.lastname@example.org The Catholic Thing is a forum for intelligent Catholic commentary. Opinions expressed by writers are solely their own. Comment on this column at: Facebook Twitter Comments are closed.