Carlo Caffarra (born 1 June 1938) is an Italian cardinal and the current Roman Catholic Archbishop of Bologna. He was educated at the Episcopal Seminary of Fidenza, Fidenza and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, graduating with a doctorate in Canon law and has a diploma of specialization in moral theology. He was created Cardinal in the consistory of March 24, 2006 by Pope Benedict XVI.

Styles of
Carlo Caffarra
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Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal
See Bologna

Early life

Caffarra was born in Samboseto di Busseto (province of Parma), Emilia Romagna.

He was ordained priest on 2 July 1961 in Rome. He then returned to his Diocese of Fidenza in 1965, where he was taught moral theology in the seminaries of Fidenza and Parma; and later, at the Studio Teologico bolognese; at the Catholic University of Milan; and at the Theological Faculty of Northern Italy, specialising in the moral doctrine of marriage and the bioethics concerning human procreation.

He taught medical ethics at the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the Catholic University Sacro Cuore in Rome. He was a Member of the International Theological Commission from 1974-1984 he also held the position of Consultor of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He was the President of the Pontifical Institute "Giovanni Paolo II" for the study of Marriage and Family in 1980 and founded sections of the same institute in the United States, Spain and Mexico.


He was elected Archbishop of Ferrara-Comacchio on 8 September 1995 being consecrated on the 21 October 1995 at the cathedral of Fidenza, by Giacomo Biffi, Archbishop of Bologna, assisted by Giovanni Battista Re, Titular Archbishop of Vescovio, and by Carlo Poggi, Bishop of Fidenza. In 2003 he was transferred to the metropolitan see of Bologna.

Caffara is a noted opponent of contraception within the Church and has argued that condom campaigns further exposed society to AIDS because the means of protection are far from reliable. [1]


Caffarra was created cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI in the consistory of 24 March 2006, becoming the Cardinal Priest of the Titulus S. Ioannis Baptistae Florentinorum. On 6 May 2006 Pope Benedict XVI appointed him a member of the executive committee of the Pontifical Council for the Family .[2]


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Preceded by
Giacomo Biffi
Archbishop of Bologna
16 December 2003–present
Succeeded by
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