Bishop Victor Fernandez: From Church to Movement

On September 11, another of Argentina’s most beloved sons, Archbishop Victor Fernández, took office as Prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith. Two Argentines are at the top of the government of the Catholic Church. A source of pride for all those born in this particularly blessed land.

And the new prefect, now almost cardinal, has had some emanations in recent days in the form of interviews granted to Fr. Spadaro of La civiltà cattolica and Edward Pentin of the National Catholic Register. I would like to comment briefly on one of the prelate’s statements, but first I must point out that Catholics can rest assured that the formation and wisdom of the new inquisitor is overwhelming. Fernández affirms that the formation he received was “strictly Thomistic” [in the seminary of Rio Cuarto?] although his teacher was St. Bonaventure, very appropriate for Franciscan times. And he also recognizes his discipleship with respect to Maurice Blondel, without forgetting the “argumentative precision of Karl Rahner, the spiritual depth of Hans Urs von Balthasar, the ecclesiology of Yves Congar and the work of Joseph Ratzinger-Benedetto XVI”. And he immediately adds Étienne Gilson and Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange. And to show that he is open to the Latin American reality, he also confesses to be a disciple of Gustavo Gutiérrez, Lucio Gera, and Rafael Tello, without forgetting Hans-Georg Gadamer. An abyssal void of wisdom! Does Fernández not realize, or does he not have a good friend to whisper it to him, that by exposing the long list of his teachers, which shows his lack of fidelity to any of them and the theological potpourri that meanders in his head, he only documents his ignorance, his insecurity, and his incompetence for the position he occupies?

But the most interesting and hilarious thing the prefect has said was in the Pentin interview.

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