A Priest Reveals the Dramatic Last Words of Cardinal Caffarra

By Antonio Socci (translation by Matthew Mangiaracina)

In recent years, many Catholics have looked to Cardinal Caffarra as one of the few lights in the present darkness.

A priest confided to me that in the past few days, he went to tell the Cardinal of his distress over the disasters that he endures in the Church every day, mentioning some incidents to him.

The cardinal burst into tears, saying:

The Lord will not abandon His Church. There were twelve apostles, so the Lord will start again with a few. Imagine the suffering of Saint Athanasius, who was left alone to defend the truth for the love of Christ, of the Church and of men. We must have faith, hope and fortitude.”

The priest confided in me: “The cardinal was very sorrowful, but he conveyed to me so much courage and love for the Church.”

Caffarra’s reference to St. Athanasius refers to the darkest moment in Church history, when the Arian heretics took control of the Church in the fourth century.

Almost alone, Bishop Athanasius’ voice rose to the defense of Catholic truth. He was excommunicated by the pope and suffered exile four times.

But shortly thereafter, the Church returned to true faith and subsequently canonized Athanasius by proclaiming him Father and Doctor of the Church.

The priest that spoke with the cardinals repeated that he was very sorrowful. One might perhaps think that he died of a broken heart. Certainly in the secrecy of prayer, he had offered God his life for this poor, lost Christianity.

He was certain that in the world and in the Church, the Lord will win in the end. Thus, in recent years, he was found to be the protagonist of a powerful defense of the Catholic Faith and of the sacraments in the face of Pope Bergoglio’s Amoris Laetitia.

In this testimony, he was comforted by the prophetic words which he had received years ago from Sister Lucia of Fatima in a letter in which she wrote to him that “the final battle between God and Satan will be about marriage and the family”.

This story – in addition to revealing to everyone his wisdom, his faith, and his courage – also shed light on his deep humanity.

I have a personal memory of this. It was August 15, 2010, the feast of the Assumption. My daughter Catherine had just awoken from a coma and was admitted to the “House of Awakenings” in the Bolognese hills.

To our surprise, that day, we saw Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, Archbishop of Bologna, arrive in the intense heat, in his own humble and simple way.

He had come to see Catherine, whose plight he had followed, (we were in indirect contact) and he stayed with us the entire day.

He was dressed like a simple priest. He also went to greet everyone who was sick, as well as their relatives. A true man of God.

Up until then, I knew him as a very robust theologian, friend and collaborator of John Paul II and Benedict XVI who appreciated him so much.

But that day – in that place of pain and hope – I found him to be a true father. His humanity and his paternal wisdom struck me, and I found them all again in his last mission for the Church.

(Originally published at AntonioSocci.com. Reprinted from 1Peter5)

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10 Responses to A Priest Reveals the Dramatic Last Words of Cardinal Caffarra

  1. toadspittle says:

    Apparently, they were not rhe actual “dramatic last words” of the late Cardinal at all – but only some of the last words he spoke to “a priest ” – who doesn’t even merit a name.
    Try to get, if not the story itself, at least the headline – factual.
    I suppose, if the priest was only a priest, and not a bishop ot cardinal – he doesn’t need a name of his own. Indeed, why bother naming anybody at all in a story – except, possibly, to to make it more plausible?

    “The priest that spoke with the cardinals repeated that he was very sorrowful.”
    I assume that should read, “cardinal.”
    …But who knows? Maybe “the sorrowful priest” does.

  2. Roger says:

    “the final battle between God and Satan will be about marriage and the family”.

    Marriage? Like wise the Family (thats brithers and Our Lord spoke of conflicts between Brother, parents and children)
    Well it is easy to forget expressly everything that Our Lord spoke about marriage and get sidetracked into the
    Sacrament of Marriage. The Triumph Of The Immaculate and the preparation to attend that Marriage!!

    The following of Scripture and especially an understanding of the Triumph Of The Immaculate
    (that title sets the bar as to whom will be permitted and who won’t for this Triumph)

    Matthew 10
    [21]”The brother also shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the son: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and shall put them to death.”

    Fatima (Apoc The Woman Clothed with the Sun)
    Apoc 19
    [7] Let us be glad and rejoice, and give glory to him; for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath prepared herself.
    [8] And it is granted to her that she should clothe herself with fine linen, glittering and white. For the fine linen are the justifications of saints.
    [9] And he said to me: Write: Blessed are they that are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith to me: These words of God are true

    Matthew 24:
    [38]”For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, even till that day in which Noe entered into the ark,”

    Matthew 22
    [2] The kingdom of heaven is likened to a king, who made a marriage for his son.
    [3] And he sent his servants, to call them that were invited to the marriage; and they would not come.
    [4] Again he sent other servants, saying: Tell them that were invited, Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my calves and fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come ye to the marriage.
    [5] But they neglected, and went their own ways, one to his farm, and another to his merchandise.

    [11] And the king went in to see the guests: and he saw there a man who had not on a wedding garment.
    [12] And he saith to him: Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? But he was silent.
    [13] Then the king said to the waiters: Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the exterior darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
    [14] For many are called, but few are chosen.

  3. toadspittle says:

    “[11] And the king went in to see the guests: and he saw there a man who had not on a wedding garment.
    [12] And he saith to him: Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? But he was silent.
    [13] Then the king said to the waiters: Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the exterior darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

    Maybe the man was too poor to have a wedding garment?
    Haven’t got one myself, these days. They cost a fortune.
    Seems a bit hard on him, anyway. Maybe he asked for it though.

  4. Roger says:

    Toad you have never said a truer word about yourSELF. Self is the problem.
    So what are these garments required by Christ, that will cost you the loss of Self?

    Romans 13
    [14] “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh in its concupiscences.”

    Colossians 3:
    [12] “Put ye on therefore, as the elect of God, holy, and beloved, the bowels of mercy, benignity, humility, modesty, patience:”

  5. toadspittle says:

    “Romans 13
    [14] “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh in its concupiscences.”
    Colossians 3:
    [12] “Put ye on therefore, as the elect of God, holy, and beloved, the bowels of mercy, benignity, humility, modesty, patience:”

    It’s a fair while since I had to avoid making provision for concupisence, Roger.
    Nor do I have any idea how to put on either Jesus Christ, or bowels. Nor do you, I suspect. The trouble with the bowels, and, say, the wedding garment stuff is thhat it is all incomprehensible. Except to you and 2,000 year-old Jews. What is both annoying and amusing is your apparent and arrogant attitude that you alone know how everyone else on earth (particularly me) should behave and think.
    You do not.
    Perhaps a bit of mercy, benignity, humility, modesty, and patience on your part might help?

    (Oh, and where do I mention “self”?)

  6. Roger says:

    “Maybe the man was too poor to have a wedding garment?
    Haven’t got one MYSELF these days. They cost a fortune.
    Seems a bit hard on him, anyway. Maybe he asked for it though.”

    What is incomprehensible about a wedding garment? When do we first read of clothes? Adam and Eve after the Fall.
    What is Grace? What is the purpose of the Sacrament of Baptism? What is the Marriage Of The Lamb?
    Our Lord said of Marriage that the two become one. What God has joined together let NOT man put asunder.

    Fatima has a Promise of the Triumph Of The Woman The Immaculate. We also know that the Church is also the Bride Of Christ. (Marriage and a Family of children why thats children of Mary and of course a contra of the Serpent).
    Do not marriages concieve Children?
    We know through Genesis of the Enmity between the Woman and the Serpent. Between Her and His offspring.
    We know of Cain and Abel.
    Of course if you wish to be distracted by worldy materialism that is up to you! But it isn’t incomprehensible.

  7. toadspittle says:

    I’d have thought that a “wedding garment,” is near “worldly materialistic” as it’s possible to get. Have you any clue how much people spend on dressing up for weddings, Roger? I doubt it.

    And what’s inconprehensible about it, is not the garment in itself, but the idea – that we can be bound hand and foot and cast, wailing and gnashing, into the outer darkness – just for not wearing one.
    …Or so it says here.
    But it’s only a parable, we will be told. Doesn’t really happen. Does it, now?

  8. Roger says:

    The saints describe the putrid smell of Sin. The soul rotting away with Sin.
    Against this we have the newly Baptised, Confessed whose soul is now white and pure.
    There is no excuse for the Catholic not to wear wedding garments for the Marriage of the Lamb.

    Extract from “My DailyBread”
    Knowledge Without Virtue
    CHRIST: My child, the desire for knowledge is natural and normal, but it is not good unless this knowledge helps you to become a better man. A simple workingman who follows My words is far better than a learned professor who does not care about My commandments.
    Your daily life is a journey toward eternity. The knowledge which helps you to gain Heaven, is the first and most important knowledge for you. The more you learn of Me and My doctrine, the better for you.
    All other knowledge is to be esteemed according to how it helps you to live a holier and more useful life. There are many things which are unimportant in your particular walk of life.
    If some men were more diligent in rooting out their faults and correcting their defects, they would be much better off than they now are, with their learned discussions about many things.
    It is better to be great than merely to be considered great. You will be great if you learn My words and act on them in your daily life. If you merely talk about a holy life, you may impress men, but I know you for what you are a failure forever

  9. toadspittle says:

    “There is no excuse for the Catholic not to wear wedding garments for the Marriage of the Lamb.”
    Well, that’s different, Roger, I had no idea lambs got married.
    Must have been playing truant that day, from school.

  10. Roger says:

    Toad for the lesson that he missed at school because of His truancy.
    1/ The Lamb Of God
    2/ The Marriage of the Lamb
    3/ The fine linen , glittering and white .. Justification of the saints.

    John 1
    [29] “The next day, John saw Jesus coming to him, and he saith: Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who taketh away the sin of the world.”

    Apoc 19
    [7] Let us be glad and rejoice, and give glory to him; for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath prepared herself. [8] And it is granted to her that she should clothe herself with fine linen, glittering and white. For the fine linen are the justifications of saints.
    [9] And he said to me: Write: Blessed are they that are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith to me: These words of God are true.

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