Emeritus Pope Benedict xvi: The Church is on the ‘verge of capsizing’

The Catholic Church is a boat “on the verge of capsizing,” said Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in a personal message for the funeral Mass of his close friend, Cardinal Joachim Meisner on Saturday.

Given his inability to travel, the usually silent retired Pope delivered the message in writing, and had it read aloud in the Cologne Cathedral by his personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, who also serves as Prefect of the Papal Household for Pope Francis.

In the text, Benedict said that Cardinal Meisner “found it difficult to leave his post, especially at a time in which the Church stands in particularly pressing need of convincing shepherds who can resist the dictatorship of the spirit of the age and who live and think the faith with determination.”

What moved me all the more, Benedict said, was that, “in this last period of his life, he learned to let go and to live out of a deep conviction that the Lord does not abandon His Church, even when the boat has taken on so much water as to be on the verge of capsizing.”

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  • BillyHW

    Pope Schettino abandoned his ship.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      I think he realized that he was too sick to lead the church and in his desire to do right he opened the door for the current pretender.

      • SMC_BC

        I remembering reading he was getting lots of pressure from Obama, too.

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          I don’t think he gave two rat tails of notice to what Obama thought.

    • Blind Druid

      When I heard he was gonna pull out early – I said “Damn — how Catholic is that?”

  • tom_billesley

    Perhaps “convincing shepherds” don’t have the right skill set for a sinking boat, and what he really needs are some “fishers of men”.

  • Spatchcocked

    The heat and rightly so is on Frankie the dope Pope. Frankie has been told rather bluntly that he is fucking up the franchise.
    Pope Benedict has seen commies before…..he knows exactly where that codswallop inevitably leads.

  • Spatchcocked

    Aside from the Donald there is a peril filled dearth of realists leading poor benighted Westerners and their civilization.

  • irishrus

    Whole situation definitely not looking good

  • LairdKintyre

    If Saint Gregory the Great were alive today he would bitchslap Francis senseless.

  • DMB

    The Vatican as we know it today being created by St. Peter was intended under the authority given to St. Peter to be the Earthly representation of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ until Jesus prophesied second coming. Rome at the time being the most logical choice at the time as its location due to the legacy of the Roman Empire which was an early central figure in the persecution of Christianity as a whole. A modern day equivalent would be if Islam was destroyed on Earth and Mecca became the world’s central authority on Christianity due to the historical extreme persecution of Christianity by Islam largely instigated in Saudi Arabia.

    Over the centuries the Vatican had two main purposes one to advocate for Christianity and the teachings of Jesus Christ mainly proselytization and two as a defender of Christianity although in the last several hundred years due to the protestant reformation Catholicism. Anti Pope Francis has FAILED tremendously on both parts due his repeated attempts with “interfaith dialogue” (Francis was not the first pope to do this but has accelerated the process) with other religions particularly with Islam that has resulted in the appeasement of Islam which has given the church a perception of weakness by Islam. Also with his advocating mass Islamic migration into Europe which would essentially DESTROY Christianity their rather than follow the steps of Popes during ancient times that would advocate military retaliation on the destruction of Christendom which is what is currently happening.

    This does not include the moral corruption that is occurring inside the Vatican. All of the above statements lead me to conclude that unless things drastically change in the near future the Vatican and possibly the entire church is doomed!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLaSMLSgEmQ

  • Shebel

    I wish somebody could explain why—-
    Political Leaders are Hell bent on destroying their Country. and
    Religious Leaders are HELL bent on destroying their Religion.

    Could it be that they really do BELIEVE in the Master Race and the
    Master Religion ?

    It just has NOTHING to do with Caucasians or Christians or Jews.

  • Observer

    But thanks to Popey Hopey Changey, Marxism is on the rise.

  • Watchman

    US Congressman Hank Johnson expected to make a public appeal for the Vatican to relocate its new headquarters from Guam back to somewhere in Rome, Italy.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7XXVLKWd3Q

    • Justin St.Denis

      Hank Johnson will never be able to live that down. Now that he is an established and recognized “Dumb-As-A-Box-Of-Rocks” person, he can do anything he wants and nobody will be surprised at how stupid it is. Hank Johnson is as free as stupidity can render a person. Sad.

      • Watchman

        And yet, he is voted in again and again. It’s as if his electors are saying, “We like Hank, he is just as smart as we are, maybe smarter.”

  • bob e

    No help from this bean eating caballero ..