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“Abp.” Victor Manuel Fernandez

“Heal Me with your Mouth”: Amoris Laetitia Ghostwriter’s Book on the “Art of Kissing” now in English

You may recall that approximately two years ago we reported on a curiosity about “Abp.” Victor Manuel “Tucho” Fernandez of Argentina. In 1995, while a “priest” for the diocese of Villa de la Concepción del Río Cuarto, he wrote and published a book entitled Sáname con tu Boca: El Arte de Besar (“Heal Me with your Mouth: The Art of Kissing”).

No, this isn’t satire. You couldn’t make this up if you tried!

“Pope” Francis (Jorge Bergoglio) is very familiar with his compatriot Fernandez, who has been one of his closest advisers since his time in Buenos Aires. In fact, when Francis was elected head of the Novus Ordo Sect on March 13, 2013, he wasted no time raising his buddy Fernandez to the rank of “Archbishop”. Fernandez has been serving as the rector of the “Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina” in Buenos Aires since 2009. Bergoglio, who was “archbishop” there from 1998-2013, was instrumental in getting Fernandez appointed to that position against conservative resistance.

Sáname con tu Boca was published by the Lumen publishing group. In the book description provided by the publisher, Fernandez assures his readers that — of course! — he is not writing about kissing from his own personal experience but from that of others whom he has interviewed:

I want to clarify that this book was not written based on my personal experience but based on the lives of those who kiss. In these pages I want to synthesize the popular feeling, what people feel when they think of a kiss, what they experience when they kiss. For that I chatted at length with many people who have abundant experience in this area, and also with many young people learning in what manner to kiss. I also consulted many books, and I wanted to show how the poets talk about kissing. So, trying to synthesize the immense richness of life, these pages emerged in favor of kissing. I hope that they help you kiss better, that they motivate you to release the best of yourself in a kiss

(Source: Description provided by Publisher)

The big news today is that this book has now been translated into English and the text made available online for free. The translation of the entire book was posted on the social media platform Medium by a user account that claims to be that of Victor Manuel Fernandez. The online version includes pictures that appear in the book. We caution our readers regarding both the content and the images:

The book’s table of contents lists the following chapters:

  1. Introduction
  2. What is a kiss for?
  3. Paths that lead to a kiss
  4. What the poets say
  5. The anti-kiss
  6. What is said on the street
  7. An infinite kiss
  8. The supermystic kiss

We’ll leave it at that and not delve into or comment on the contents further.

Perhaps it will be useful to recall to the authentic Catholic teaching on the morality of kissing. Aside from platonic kissing between relatives and a kiss used as an innocent greeting, kissing is generally reserved for the married life for obvious reasons that need not be elaborated on here. Outside of wedlock, romantic kissing is obviously an occasion of sin. A brief but good summary of the Catholic teaching on this is provided by Fr. Thomas Slater, A Manual of Moral Theology, Vol. I (5th & rev. ed., p. 220), and will generally be found in any pre-Vatican II Catholic moral theology manual. For those looking for an in-depth treatment of the morality of kissing will find this in Fr. Winfrid Herbst’s book Kissing, available online.

We call him “Smoochie”: Mr. Victor Manuel Fernandez

Of course, the question that arises inevitably at this point is, just what earned this Victor Manual Fernandez the rank of “Archbishop” in Francis’ eyes? Why did Bergoglio make him his personal “theologian”? Remember that not only did Francis raise this man to being a bishop (thank goodness episcopal ordination is not valid in the Novus Ordo), he also chose him to be his own ghostwriter, both for the environmental encyclical Laudato Si’ as well as, reportedly, for the “Apostolic Exhortations” Evangelii Gaudium and — everyone’s favorite — Amoris Laetitia. (For this reason, we have called him “The Jorge Whisperer”.)

In fact, in May of last year the Italian Vaticanist Sandro Magister uncovered that key passages in Amoris Laetitia bear a striking resemblance to what Fernandez had written in a theological journal ten years prior. This would also explain why Fernandez has now published a lengthy article attempting to defend Amoris Laetitia (refuted by a Novus Ordo deacon here) — he’s basically defending his own text. But no matter how many “theologians” attempt to justify adultery in “concrete cases”, it will never work, because adultery is an intrinsic evil, meaning no circumstance can ever make it morally permissible.

Ladies and gentlemen, what we have been witnessing since March 13, 2013 is a gigantic theological freakshow. We have long moved past simple error and heresy. We are now in absurdity, absurdity so bizarre that it makes the Twilight Zone look like reality TV by comparison.

It is not known whether Francis has read Fernandez’ book on the “Art of Kissing”. What is known, however, is that the Jesuit Antipope places a lot of emphasis on tendernesscaressing, and kissing and indeed seems obsessed with bestowing tender kisses — no, not just on babies and little children, but on confirmandsaltar boysheads of statethe feet of infidels, and so forth.

Fernandez and Francis are two peas in a pod. Fernandez is Francis, and Francis is Fernandez. Back in 2015, the semi-traditionalist GloriaTV published the following interesting video on the two Argentinian pseudo-Catholics:

Ah yes, kissing.

Judas liked it too.