A Successor for the St. Gallen Mafia?

On April 8, 2024, Cardinal Victor Manuel “Tucho” Fernández sat for a press conference about his new document Dignitas Infinita.  He was the recently-appointed head of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (D.D.F.)—entrusted by the pope with changing the office’s reputation for policing orthodoxy.

“The Dicastery over which you will preside in other times came to use immoral methods,” said Pope Francis in a letter to Fernández. “Those were times when, rather than promoting theological knowledge, possible doctrinal errors were pursued. What I expect from you is certainly something very different.”

What Fernández has done for the D.D.F. is certainly something different.  At the press conference on Dignitas Infinita, Fernández defended the opening to blessings for same-sex couples in his text Fiducia Supplicans and dangled the possibility that Hell is “empty.”

It was classic Fernández, pushing the boundaries.

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