IS SOMEONE OR SOME GROUP KILLING OFF THE DUBIA CARDINALS ONE BY ONE? REMINDS US OF THE BORGIA PONTICATE! CARDINAL BURKE HAD BETTER HIRE PROTECTION

Settimo Cielodi Sandro Magister

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Carlo Caffarra, Unheeded Prophet. His Last Letter to Pope Francis

Caffarra

 

*[Emphasis and {commentary} in red type by Abyssum}

The morning of September 6 saw the sudden passing of Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, archbishop emeritus of Bologna and a moral theologian of the highest rank, especially on questions of the family and life.

With his decease and after the likewise unexpected death, last July 5, of Cardinal Joachim Meisner, the four cardinal signers of the “dubia” submitted last year to Pope Francis on the controversial points of “Amoris Laetitia” have dropped by half. The two still alive are the German Walter Brandmüller and the American Raymond L. Burke.

Of the four, Caffarra was the driving figure. His signature is on the letter with which last spring he asked for an audience from the pope for himself and the other three. This time as well, as previously for the “dubia,” without getting any response.

Shortly before sending that letter, Caffarra chanced to meet with Pope Francis when he visited Carpi, near Bologna, on April 2. During the lunch he sat beside him, but the pope preferred to converse with an elderly priest and with the seminarians who were sitting at the same table.  { Incredible!  Is this what one should expect from a person who has made “mercy” the leitmotiv of their pontificate?  Truly it is more characteristic of Latin American dictators like Fidel Castro, Maduro, et al.}

The following is the complete text of the letter, the last one Caffarra wrote to the pope, published by Settimo Cielo as an exclusive last June 20, with the author’s permission.

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“OUR CONSCIENCE IMPELS US…”

Most Holy Father,

It is with a certain trepidation that I address myself to Your Holiness, during these days of the Easter season. I do so on behalf of the Most Eminent Cardinals: Walter Brandmüller, Raymond L. Burke, Joachim Meisner, and myself.

We wish to begin by renewing our absolute dedication and our unconditional love for the Chair of Peter and for Your august person, in whom we recognize the Successor of Peter and the Vicar of Jesus: the “sweet Christ on earth,” as Saint Catherine of Siena was fond of saying. We do not share in the slightest the position of those who consider the See of Peter vacant, nor of those who want to attribute to others the indivisible responsibility of the Petrine “munus.” We are moved solely by the awareness of the grave responsibility arising from the “munus” of cardinals: to be advisers of the Successor of Peter in his sovereign ministry. And from the Sacrament of the Episcopate, which “has placed us as bishops to pasture the Church, which He has acquired with his blood” (Acts 20:28).

On September 19, 2016 we delivered to Your Holiness and to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith five “dubia,” asking You to resolve uncertainties and to bring clarity on some points of the post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation, “Amoris Laetitia.”
Not having received any response from Your Holiness, we have reached the decision to ask You, respectfully and humbly, for an Audience, together if Your Holiness would like. We attach, as is the practice, an Audience Sheet in which we present the two points we wish to discuss with you.

Most Holy Father,

A year has now gone by since the publication of “Amoris Laetitia.” During this time, interpretations of some objectively ambiguous passages of the post-synodal Exhortation have publicly been given that are not divergent from but contrary to the permanent Magisterium of the Church. Despite the fact that the Prefect of the Doctrine of the Faith has repeatedly declared that the doctrine of the Church has not changed, numerous statements have appeared from individual Bishops, Cardinals, and even Episcopal Conferences, approving what the Magisterium of the Church has never approved. Not only access to the Holy Eucharist for those who objectively and publicly live in a situation of grave sin, and intend to remain in it, but also a conception of moral conscience contrary to the Tradition of the Church. And so it is happening – how painful it is to see this! – that what is sin in Poland is good in Germany, that what is prohibited in the archdiocese of Philadelphia is permitted in Malta. And so on. One is reminded of the bitter observation of B. Pascal: “Justice on this side of the Pyrenees, injustice on the other; justice on the left bank of the river, injustice on the right bank.”

Numerous competent lay faithful, who are deeply in love with the Church and staunchly loyal to the Apostolic See, have turned to their Pastors and to Your Holiness in order to be confirmed in the Holy Doctrine concerning the three sacraments of Marriage, Confession, and the Eucharist. And in these very days, in Rome, six lay faithful, from every Continent, have presented a very well-attended study seminar with the meaningful title: “Bringing clarity.”

Faced with this grave situation, in which many Christian communities are being divided, we feel the weight of our responsibility, and our conscience impels us to ask humbly and respectfully for an Audience.

May Your Holiness remember us in Your prayers, as we pledge to remember You in ours. And we ask for the gift of Your Apostolic Blessing.

Carlo Card. Caffarra

Rome, April 25, 2017
Feast of Saint Mark the Evangelist

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AUDIENCE SHEET

1. Request for clarification of the five points indicated by the “dubia;” reasons for this request.

2. Situation of confusion and disorientation, especially among pastors of souls, in primis parish priests.

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In addition to Italian, English, Spanish, and French, the letter is also available in Portuguese and German:

> “A nossa consciência força-nos…”

> “Unser Gewissen drängt uns…”

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Carlo Caffarra, Unheeded Prophet. His Last Letter to Pope Francis

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The morning of September 6 saw the sudden passing of Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, archbishop emeritus of Bologna and a moral theologian of the highest rank, especially on questions of the family and life.

With his decease and after the likewise unexpected death, last July 5, of Cardinal Joachim Meisner, the four cardinal signers of the “dubia” submitted last year to Pope Francis on the controversial points of “Amoris Laetitia” have dropped by half. The two still alive are the German Walter Brandmüller and the American Raymond L. Burke.

Of the four, Caffarra was the driving figure. His signature is on the letter with which last spring he asked for an audience from the pope for himself and the other three. This time as well, as previously for the “dubia,” without getting any response.

Shortly before sending that letter, Caffarra chanced to meet with Pope Francis when he visited Carpi, near Bologna, on April 2. During the lunch he sat beside him, but the pope preferred to converse with an elderly priest and with the seminarians who were sitting at the same table.

The following is the complete text of the letter, the last one Caffarra wrote to the pope, published by Settimo Cielo as an exclusive last June 20, with the author’s permission.

*

“OUR CONSCIENCE IMPELS US…”

Most Holy Father,

It is with a certain trepidation that I address myself to Your Holiness, during these days of the Easter season. I do so on behalf of the Most Eminent Cardinals: Walter Brandmüller, Raymond L. Burke, Joachim Meisner, and myself.

We wish to begin by renewing our absolute dedication and our unconditional love for the Chair of Peter and for Your august person, in whom we recognize the Successor of Peter and the Vicar of Jesus: the “sweet Christ on earth,” as Saint Catherine of Siena was fond of saying. We do not share in the slightest the position of those who consider the See of Peter vacant, nor of those who want to attribute to others the indivisible responsibility of the Petrine “munus.” We are moved solely by the awareness of the grave responsibility arising from the “munus” of cardinals: to be advisers of the Successor of Peter in his sovereign ministry. And from the Sacrament of the Episcopate, which “has placed us as bishops to pasture the Church, which He has acquired with his blood” (Acts 20:28).

On September 19, 2016 we delivered to Your Holiness and to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith five “dubia,” asking You to resolve uncertainties and to bring clarity on some points of the post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation, “Amoris Laetitia.”
Not having received any response from Your Holiness, we have reached the decision to ask You, respectfully and humbly, for an Audience, together if Your Holiness would like. We attach, as is the practice, an Audience Sheet in which we present the two points we wish to discuss with you.

Most Holy Father,

A year has now gone by since the publication of “Amoris Laetitia.” During this time, interpretations of some objectively ambiguous passages of the post-synodal Exhortation have publicly been given that are not divergent from but contrary to the permanent Magisterium of the Church. Despite the fact that the Prefect of the Doctrine of the Faith has repeatedly declared that the doctrine of the Church has not changed, numerous statements have appeared from individual Bishops, Cardinals, and even Episcopal Conferences, approving what the Magisterium of the Church has never approved. Not only access to the Holy Eucharist for those who objectively and publicly live in a situation of grave sin, and intend to remain in it, but also a conception of moral conscience contrary to the Tradition of the Church. And so it is happening – how painful it is to see this! – that what is sin in Poland is good in Germany, that what is prohibited in the archdiocese of Philadelphia is permitted in Malta. And so on. One is reminded of the bitter observation of B. Pascal: “Justice on this side of the Pyrenees, injustice on the other; justice on the left bank of the river, injustice on the right bank.”

Numerous competent lay faithful, who are deeply in love with the Church and staunchly loyal to the Apostolic See, have turned to their Pastors and to Your Holiness in order to be confirmed in the Holy Doctrine concerning the three sacraments of Marriage, Confession, and the Eucharist. And in these very days, in Rome, six lay faithful, from every Continent, have presented a very well-attended study seminar with the meaningful title: “Bringing clarity.”

Faced with this grave situation, in which many Christian communities are being divided, we feel the weight of our responsibility, and our conscience impels us to ask humbly and respectfully for an Audience.

May Your Holiness remember us in Your prayers, as we pledge to remember You in ours. And we ask for the gift of Your Apostolic Blessing.

Carlo Card. Caffarra

Rome, April 25, 2017
Feast of Saint Mark the Evangelist

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AUDIENCE SHEET

1. Request for clarification of the five points indicated by the “dubia;” reasons for this request.

2. Situation of confusion and disorientation, especially among pastors of souls, in primis parish priests.

*

In addition to Italian, English, Spanish, and French, the letter is also available in Portuguese and German:

> “A nossa consciência força-nos…”

> “Unser Gewissen drängt uns…”

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And then there were two!

by Steven O’Reilly

September 6, 2017 (Steven O’Reilly) – Sad news out of Italy.  LifeSite News and others are reporting that Cardinal Caffara,  one of the Dubia cardinals, has died.  May God rest his soul.  He is the second of two Dubia cardinals to have passed away in the last two months. After the first died, I penned a blog entitled “…and then there were three.”  That title was a play on the Agatha Christie murder mystery “And Then there were None.” With the passing of Cardinal Caffara we must sadly say: “And then there were two.” The two remaining ones are Cardinal Burke (79)  and Cardinal Walter Brandmuller (88).

Yikes.  It seems that being a “Dubia Cardinal” is quite hazardous to ones health.  I am not suggesting anything, but a fifty percent mortality rate in under a year raises an eyebrow – just a bit.  Just saying. Let’s just say if I were a dubia cardinal, from here on out – I’d hire some professional food testers to check my meals in the Roman ristoranti, inclusive of sipping cappucinos and the aqua – either “con o senza gas”!  Just saying.

I do wonder what sort of bench strength the Dubia cardinals have, if any.  It would be nice for some fill-ins to step forward – the team is getting a bit thin. If there are reinforcements – now would be a good time. What I said following the death of the first Dubia cardinal still holds:

“As the dubia cardinals gather together next time, there will be one less person at that conference table. Before their numbers dwindle still further, and the composition of the College of Cardinal shifts even more against them than it has already, the dubia cardinals (as well as any silent partners they have) need to act – in my humble opinion – with greater urgency and boldness. I recently, again, outlined my suggestion for the next course of action (see here). I am not saying it is the best plan, but whatever might be out there as alternatives – I hope the dubia cardinals have one; and that their plan doesn’t include too much time as a variable. The time to act is now. . .before we run out of dubia cardinals. Fortune favors the bold. Who dares, wins.” (Emphasis added!)

Our remaining pair of Dubia cardinals, I hope, act quickly and decisively with regard to a formal correction, which – based on what they have said – might look something like what I suggest in one of my articles (see High Noon: Musings on a Formal Correction of a Pope). Who knows, but they should not waste any time in getting it out to the public. Fr. Luca Brasi might come one night for a visit. Just saying.  Rules to live by: don’t sleep with the fishes.

Steven O’Reilly is a graduate of the University of Dallas and the Georgia Institute of Technology. He lives near Atlanta with his wife Margaret. He has four children. He has written apologetic articles and is working on a historical-adventure trilogy, set during the time of the Arian crisis. He can be contacted at StevenOReilly@AOL.com.

 

 

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2 Responses to IS SOMEONE OR SOME GROUP KILLING OFF THE DUBIA CARDINALS ONE BY ONE? REMINDS US OF THE BORGIA PONTICATE! CARDINAL BURKE HAD BETTER HIRE PROTECTION

  1. Jane Griffin says:

    I see you already saw this concerning news. Kind of suspicious !!

  2. Ana Milan says:

    It is absolutely necessary & expedient for the silent Cardinals & Bishops to step up to the plate & sign the Dubia. Cardinal Sarah has paid a very nice tribute to Cardinal Caffarra @lifesitenews.com & it is to be hoped & prayed for that he will step into the good Cardinal’s shoes & sign this document. The formal correction must be made NOW; no more waiting around, dates don’t apply any more, there simply isn’t the time. Souls are being misled & will, if this matter is not publicly addressed & corrected, be denied their heritage of eternal salvation.

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