After Pope Francis, 'no turning back,' insists Argentine ally
May 14, 2015
Pope Francis is changing the Church and “there’s no turning back,” an Argentine archbishop has told the Italian daily Corriere della Sera.
Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernandez, who is a close ally of the Pontiff, said that even after the end of his papacy, Pope Francis will continue to exert influence: “his legacy will remain strong.” He observed that because “the things he has already written or said cannot be condemned as error.” Moreover, he said, the faithful support the Pope over his “few adversaries” within the Church.
Archbishop Manuel Fernandez is the rector of the Catholic University of Argentina. He was appointed to that post with the support of then-Cardinal Bergoglio. As a further sign of support, Pope Francis raised him to the dignity of a titular archbishop just a few weeks after his election to the papacy.
The Argentine prelate reportedly was a key contributor to the first draft of the encyclical Evangelii Gaudium, and also has had a hand in the drafting of the new papal encyclical on the environment.
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