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Second “Dubia Cardinal” to pass away this year…

Dubia Cardinal” Carlo Caffarra dies at 79

News has just broken that “Cardinal” Carlo Caffarra has died at the age of 79. English Vaticanist Edward Pentin has the story:

Fr. Caffarra is the former “Archbishop” of Bologna and became widely known as one of the four signatories to the so-called dubia (doubts or questions) challenging Francis’ infernal exhortation Amoris Laetitia last year.

Caffarra is the second of the “dubia cardinals” to die. Joachim Meisner passed away only two months ago, on July 5 of this year. This leaves only two “dubia cardinals” still alive: Walter Brandmuller and Raymond Burke. Brandmuller is 88, and Burke is 69.

Caffarra’s death certainly comes as an extreme convenience to Francis, who has been refusing for months even so much as to grant an audience to the authors of the dubia because he does not want to be confronted about his document that sanctions adultery as sometimes being “what God himself is asking amid the concrete complexity of one’s limits” (Antipope Francis, Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, n. 303). In June of this year, Vaticanist Sandro Magister made public Caffarra’s letter to Francis in which he very humbly and kindly begged Francis to be allowed to speak with him about the questions they had raised concerning his “Apostolic Exhortation” — to no avail.

If Francis’ way of dealing with his opponents is simply to wait for them to die, he’s been in luck so far. Although, as the case of Fidenzio Volpi shows, sometimes that strategy backfires.