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Wednesday May 27, 2015

Another Peculiar Friend of Francis

by Christopher A. Ferrara

In my column of May 19 I discussed the strange case of the Pope’s trusted ghostwriter and friend, Archbishop Víctor Manuel Fernández, who wrote a book on “the art of kissing” as well as all or most of an apparently withdrawn draft of the upcoming papal encyclical on “climate change” — a matter on which the Pope has absolutely no competence or authority to pronounce in the first place.

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Christopher A. Ferrara is an attorney specializing in First Amendment and other civil rights litigation on behalf of Catholics. His articles and commentary on Catholic Church affairs have appeared in The Latin Mass magazine, The Remnant, Christian Order, Catholic Family News, The Fatima Crusader magazine and elsewhere. He is co-author (with Thomas Woods) of The Great Facade, a widely acclaimed analysis of changes in the Church since Vatican II. He and his wife Wendy, a convert from Protestantism, have six children.

James W. Bannister was born in Toronto, Canada and earned degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Toronto. He practiced law in Canada for 12 years, then moved into business management consulting, training and teaching. Jim has taught and practiced the art of communication for nearly a quarter of a century, working in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. He was a convert to Catholicism before Vatican II and is dedicated to restoring the Church to what it was when he was baptized. He has been working with Our Lady's Apostolate since 1990.