Sandro Magister makes discovery…
The Jorge Whisperer:
Key Texts in Amoris Laetitia found in “Abp.” Fernandez’s Theological Articles from 10 Years Ago
Our apologies to Robert Redford, “The Horse Whisperer”
What do you know… We’ve been saying all along that the ghostwriter of Francis’ latest magisterial disaster — the “Apostolic Exhortation” Amoris Laetitia — is Argentinian “Archbishop” Victor Manuel Fernandez (aka “Smoochie”), but we had no idea how right we were: The Italian Vaticanist Sandro Magister has now uncovered that key passages in the exhortation bear striking resemblance to what Fernandez had written in a theological journal ten years ago. In and of itself, this would not be a big deal — but it does raise the question to what purpose Francis held two “Synods on the Family” in Rome (in 2014 and 2015), if in the end he was going to simply repeat the “solution” proposed by Smoochie Fernandez ten years before. Here is some of Magister’s introductory commentary to his findings:
They are the key paragraphs of the post-synodal exhortation “Amoris Laetitia.” And they are also the most intentionally ambiguous, as proven by the multiple and contrasting interpretations and practical applications that they immediately received. They are the paragraphs of chapter eight that in point of fact give the go-ahead for communion for the divorced and remarried. That this is where Pope Francis would like to arrive is by now evident to all. And besides, he was already doing it when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires. But now it is being discovered that some key formulations of “Amoris Laetitia” also have an Argentine prehistory, based as they are on a pair of articles from 2005 and 2006 by Víctor Manuel Fernández, already back then and even more today a thinker of reference for Pope Francis and the ghostwriter of his major texts. … During those years Fernández was professor of theology at the Universidad Católica Argentina in Buenos Aires. … Partly on account of those two articles, the congregation for Catholic education blocked the candidacy of Fernández as rector of the Universidad Católica Argentina, only to have to give in later, in 2009, to then-archbishop of Buenos Aires Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who fought tooth and nail to clear the way for the promotion of his protege. In 2013, just after he was elected pope, Bergoglio even bestowed episcopal ordination upon Fernández, with the title of the extinct metropolitan see of Teurnia. While he confined to the Vatican Apostolic Library the chief culprit of the rejection, Dominican theologian Jean-Louis Bruguès, without making him a cardinal, as instead is the tradition for all the librarians of the Holy Roman Church.
(Sandro Magister, “‘Amoris Laetitia’ Has a Ghostwriter. His Name Is Víctor Manuel Fernández”, Chiesa, May 25, 2016)
Magister then lists a number of passages in Amoris Laetitia and the corresponding parallel texts in Fernandez’s essays published in the journal Teología in 2005 and 2006:
For those who do not know yet or may have forgotten, “Archbishop” Fernandez authored the 1995 book, Heal Me With Your Mouth: The Art of Kissing — hence our moniker “Smoochie” for him — a book we suspect Francis himself has read, since he places so much emphasis on tenderness, caressing, and kissing, and indeed himself seems obsessed with bestowing the most tender and gentle kisses — no, not just on babies and little children, but on confirmands, altar boys, heads of state, the feet of infidels, and so forth. Ah yes, kissing. Judas liked it too. If you have not yet done so, we invite you to listen to our informative and entertaining 2.5-hour podcast examining Amoris Laetitia, where we show how it contradicts Catholic teaching and review some of the reactions to the document from various sources:
Magister’s excellent investigate work here is to be commended, demonstrating once more, as it does, that the Vatican II Sect is a big circus with lots of actors, especially the one that can now call himself the “active member” of the two-headed “expanded papacy”:
Someone call “Fr.” Federico Lombardi at the Vatican press office. Surely it is time to once again revoke Sandro Magister’s press credentials!
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