Italian journalist Paolo Rodari's interview of Víctor Manuel Fernández, Jorge Mario Bergoglio's successor as Archbishop of Buenos Aires and Pope Francis's most trusted advisor, offers deep insights into Pope Francis's reform agenda in the context of his life and pastoral work in Argentina. Following the outline of Evangelii Gaudium, of which he wrote the first draft, Archbishop Fernández clarifies the pope's project of renewing the missionary character of the whole Church. The joyful announcement of the Gospel by "missionary disciples" emphasizes "mercy over principles," respects the "hierarchy of truths" in Church teaching, and embraces evangelical discernment in "going out to the peripheries."
Víctor Manuel Fernández
Víctor Manuel Fernández is a theologian and rector of the Catholic Pontifical University of Argentina in Buenos Aires. Pope Francis named him archbishop in one of his first episcopal appointments after becoming pope. He collaborated with then Cardinal Bergoglio in drafting the document of the Aparecida Conference of Latin American Bishops in 2007.
Paolo Rodari is a journalist on the daily paper la Repubblica. He has worked in various news journals and collaborated with Fr Gabriele Amorthe on the bestseller L'ultimo esorcista: La mia battaglia contro Satana (The Ultimate Exorcist: My Battle Against Satan).