"Welcome home, good and faithful servant." Rest in peace.
Sad to say my first thought when I read this was "How many cardinals and bishops in the Church will be thinking, 'One down, three to go.'" like the tweeter who commented on the Steve Scalise shooting, "One down, 216 to go?" And, of course, priests and laity as well. Can't you just imagine Fr. Martin high-fiving with St. Jeannine Gramick?
Please join me in offering the rosary today for the repose of the soul of Cardinal Meisner. The pope learned of his death "with great sadness." Well...I'd like to think that's true. On the other hand, wasn't Cardinal Meisner one of the "rigid," inflexible pharisees, a hypocrite who cared too much about rules and lacked mercy? Pope Francis certainly didn't respect him (or the other cardinals of the Dubia) enough to respond to the Dubia or the April letter asking for a papal audience. For a pope who talks about transparency and openness, he is slow to act like he means it.
The race is over for Cardinal Meisner. The rest of us struggle on in this exhausting marathon praying that Pope Francis will offer us a drop of water to quench our thirst for the true faith instead of offering an ear-tickling syrup of faux mercy and frequent blows to Church doctrine.
Cardinal Meisner, pleace intercede for the faithful and for all the clergy, especially those most in need of God's mercy because they scandalize the little ones and lead them to sin.