The promulgation of the Declaration of the Doctrine for the Faith Fiducia supplicans on Dec. 18, 2023 and the reactions that followed it offer us a possible key to the next conclave.
The author of the Declaration is Pope Francis’ close collaborator and ghost writer, Victor Manuel Fernández, who was appointed prefect of the new Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith on July 1st, 2023 and created cardinal the following September 30th. The document is signed ex audientia by Pope Francis, in a manner that makes it unappealable. Normally the document should be an expression of the Church’s ordinary Magisterium, but it is not, precisely because by departing from Church teaching it loses all character of “magisteriality.”
Fiducia supplicans, however, constitutes a true “Bergoglian manifesto” because of a specific characteristic, which was already the case with modernism: it affirms fidelity to the Church’s Magisterium, while with an unscrupulous intellectual acrobatics it overturns it. In particular, Fiducia supplicans denies that a homosexual relationship can ever be equated with marriage, but by authorizing the possibility of blessing that relationship, it approves it, contradicting on this point the Magisterium, which has always condemned sin against nature. He affirms, in a reassuring tone, that blessing is extra-liturgical, but since one can bless (bene dicere) only what is in itself good, he thereby admits the intrinsic goodness of the homosexual relationship. He denies blessing the homosexual relationship as such, but since what is blessed is not a single person but the purported “couple,” who are not asked to end the illicit relationship, he blesses the bond that sinfully unites the two “partners.”
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