Pope Francis “knows very well what he is doing”

Reblogged from Patrick McKinley Brennan‘s blog, Mirror of Justice.

Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernandez, rector of the Catholic University in Argentina, gestures while leaving the concluding session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican in this Oct. 18 file photo. Archbishop Fernandez served as vice president of the Commission for the Message at the synod. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See SYNOD-METAPHORS Oct. 8, 2014.

Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernandez, rector of the Catholic University in Argentina, gestures while leaving the concluding session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican in this Oct. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See SYNOD-METAPHORS Oct. 8, 2014.

Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernandez, the theologian widely acknowledged to have been the lead ghostwriter of Pope Francis’s much-praised apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, recently gave an interview that is remarkable for the crudity of its categories, the tendentiousness of its contentions, and, above all, what it portends for the silent lambs.  The Archbishop’s way of talking about the Church is so far from what one would expect from a serious theologian and vir Ecclesiae, it’s difficult, for me at least, not to despair at the significance of this man’s being one of the advisors on whom the Holy Father is reputed to rely the most.

The interview is here, and those who care about how we should love the Bride of Christ should be scandalized by the mentality it bespeaks and the future it all but promises.  Keep in mind that its all-but-named target at one point is the recent and utterly unprecedented suggestion (here) by Cardinal Muller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, that a new role for the CDF would be to provide a “theological framework” for this pontificate.  As readers will recall, Cardinal Muller was one of Pope Benedict’s last senior appointments in the Roman Curia.

Continue reading at  Mirror of Justice Blog.

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