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Cardinal Caffara's Last Words?

by Christopher A. Ferrara
September 7, 2017

It can hardly be a coincidence that Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, who passed away suddenly on September 6, following the death of Cardinal Joachim Meisner in July, was one of the four "dubia cardinals" (along with Cardinals Meisner, Burke and Brandmüller) who petitioned Pope Francis to address the catastrophe caused by Amoris Laetitia. For it was none other than Cardinal Caffarra, then Father Caffarra, who received this warning from Sister Lucia, clearly given in light of the Third Secret of Fatima:

"Father, a time will come when the decisive battle between the kingdom of Christ and Satan will be over marriage and the family. And those who will work for the good of the family will experience persecution and tribulation. But do not be afraid, because Our Lady has already crushed his [the serpent's] head."

And it was none other than Cardinal Caffarra who, as even the "mainstream" outlet Aleteia reported, declared publicly that "What Sr. Lucia wrote to me is being fulfilled today."

Now we read in Antonio's Socci's column that among his last words on earth was the Cardinal's sobering assessment of our situation, expressed to a diocesan priest friend only days before his death:

"The Lord will not abandon his Church. The Apostles were twelve, and the Lord will begin again with a few. Imagine the suffering of Saint Athanasius, who remained alone in defending the truth for the love of Christ, of the Church, and of men. We must have faith, hope, and fortitude."

As Socci rightly observes, "the reference to Saint Athanasius recalls one of the darkest moments in the history of the Church. When the Arian heretics took control of the Church. Almost alone, the voice of Athanasius was raised in defense of Catholic truth. He was excommunicated by the Pope and endured four years in exile. But shortly thereafter the Church [i.e., her human element] returned to the true Faith, and thereafter Athanasius was canonized and declared a Doctor of the Church."

Socci offers this personal tribute to Cardinal Caffarra, related to the miraculous recovery of his daughter Caterina from a prolonged coma: "He came to see Caterina, whose drama he had followed (we were in indirect contact) and stayed with us for the entire day. And he went to greet and bless all the others, the sick and their families. A true man of God."

Of course, the Cardinal was only stating a truth of revelation when he confided to his priest friend that "The Lord will not abandon his Church." As Our Lord told the eleven after the Resurrection: "Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world." (Matt. 28:19-20)

Nor was Sister Lucia stating anything but a revealed truth when she told Cardinal Caffarra: "But do not be afraid, because Our Lady has already crushed his [the serpent's] head" — a reference to Genesis 3:15, the prophecy of Our Lady's final victory over the devil.

All in God's good time, including the Consecration of Russia. Meanwhile, however, every Catholic worthy of the name has a duty to defend the truths of the Faith now under attack from the very summits of the Church.