May 25, 2016
Who really wrote Amoris Laetitia?
Sandro Magister offers a very astute guess.
In his latest article on Chiesa, see here, he writes:
“Amoris Laetitia” Has a Ghostwriter. His Name Is Víctor Manuel Fernández
Startling resemblances between the key passages of the exhortation by Pope Francis and two texts from ten years ago by his main adviser. A double synod for a solution that had already been written.”
See link above for complete article. The following are excerpts with my comments in red.
Magister notes that the key passages in Amoris Laetitia, the ones which are most intentionally ambiguous, that is, the paragraphs of chapter eight that give the go-ahead for communion for the divorced and remarried have an Argentine prehistory, based as they are on a pair of articles from 2005 and 2006 by Víctor Manuel Fernández, already back then and even more today a thinker of reference for Pope Francis and the ghostwriter of his major texts.
“During those years Fernández was professor of theology at the Universidad Católica Argentina in Buenos Aires.
“And at that same university in 2004 an international theological conference was held on “Veritatis Splendor,” the encyclical of John Paul II on “certain fundamental truths of Catholic doctrine,” decisively critical of “situational” ethics, the permissive tendency already present among the Jesuits in the 17th century and today more widespread than ever in the Church.
Magister emphasises that ‘Veritatis Splendor’ is not a minor encyclical. In 2014 Benedict XVI cited its “unchanged relevance” and concluded that “studying and assimilating this encyclical remains a great and important duty.” In fact, Magister concluded that Pope Benedict affirms ‘Veritatis Splendor’ to be essential for “overcoming the pragmatic drift of current morality, ‘in which there no longer exists that which is truly evil and that which is truly good, but only that which, from the point of view of efficacy, is better or worse.’ ”