Pope's "Ecological Encyclical" Out for Repairs;
Ghostwriter Exposed as Weirdo
by Christopher A. Ferrara
May 19, 2015
Many Catholics were troubled by the rather bizarre character of Evangelli Gaudium, a sprawling, diffuse personal manifesto in which Pope Francis calls for a reform of practically everything in the Church and the world. Cardinal Burke observed that he didn’t know quite what to make of the document, but that it clearly did not pertain to the authentic Magisterium of the Church.
It has come to light that the document was largely ghostwritten by the Pope’s closest theological advisor, Archbishop Víctor Manuel Fernández, appointed Rector of the Catholic University of Argentina at then Archbishop Bergoglio’s insistence, despite objections from the Vatican. In a story sardonically entitled “And this would be the trusted theologian of the Pope?”, the respected Vaticanist Sandro Magister notes that the Pope’s upcoming encyclical on ecology, the object of ceaseless praise in the world media before it has even been published, is also a Fernández product.
And it was Fernández who published under his own name a book entitled “Heal Me with a Kiss: the Art of Kissing.” With barely concealed contempt, Magister notes that Fernández issued the disclaimer that his book on the art of kissing “is not based on my personal experience as much as on the life of people who kiss.” Magister does not come right out and say it — he is, after all, a Vaticanist whose career depends on access to the Vatican — but his message is clear: Is Pope Francis kidding with this guy?
Magister relates the embarrassment Fernández represents to Cardinal Gerhard Müller’s widely reported remark that the function of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), of which he is Prefect, is to provide “theological structure” to Francis’ pontificate. That’s a politic way of saying: to prevent the promulgation of error by Francis and/or his ghostwriter(s).
And, in fact, Magister notes that the encyclical on ecology (hardly a subject within the papal competence) has been withdrawn almost at the moment of publication because “the Pope trashed the draft Fernández produced, perhaps foreseeing that Müller would have demolished it once it came into his hands [for the usual CDF review].”
In a shot at Müller, however, a clearly incensed Fernández huffed during an interview with Corriere della Sera that the Roman Curia of which Müller is a key member is “not an essential structure” and that the Pope could govern the Church with departments in different cities, including “Bogotá, and could even confer by teleconference with liturgical experts residing in Germany.” Further, he declared, “the cardinals themselves could disappear, in the sense that they are not essential.”
As Fernández would have it all the Church needs is Francis, who as Pope has “a special illumination,” and “the bishops together with him, but not a Prefect or another structure.” Got that, Cardinal Müller?
As for Francis, Fernández states: “The Pope is convinced that what he has said and written cannot be punished as error. Therefore, in the future everyone can repeat these things without fear of sanction.” Translation: Everything Fernández says cannot be punished as error and everyone may repeat it without fear of sanction, because Francis (so Fernández hopes) will put his papal signature on it — guided, of course, by a “special illumination” that no one, especially Müller, may question.
So, when a Pope serves the purposes of neo-Modernist subversives, suddenly the Pope can do no wrong. He is not merely infallible in his formal definitions of dogma or when repeating the constant teaching of the Church, but in everything he says or writes — or has others write for him. Including Archbishop Fernández.
And this arrogant weirdo is the Pope’s closest theological advisor. It would be a joke, as Magister’s title suggests, if the implications were not so deadly serious for the Church. Thus deepens still further the diabolical disorientation among the upper hierarchy so often remarked by Sister Lucia of Fatima.
The Church will survive this pontificate, of that we can be sure. But in what condition will she be when it ends? Only God knows. And only He knows when the leadership of a Church in crisis will finally heed the Message of Fatima.