Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández

Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández, prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, presides over a press conference on Friday, May 17, 2024, on the Vatican’s new document on Marian apparitions. / Credit: Rudolf Gehrig/EWTN News

Vatican’s New Apparitions Guidelines Stress "caution" in Discernment Process: Official

May 17, 2024

“The Church has stated that the faithful are never forced to believe in this phenomenon. They are never obliged. There’s no obligation,” Fernández said.

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun departs the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome, Nov. 18, 2014. | Bohumil Petrik/CNA.

Fiducia Supplicans “creates confusion”, Doctrine Prefect Should Resign: Chinese Cardinal

Jan 25, 2024

In a statement published Jan. 23 on his blog, Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun said the declaration contains numerous passages in need of clarification.

Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández celebrates his Mass of titular possession at the Church of Sts. Urban and Lawrence at Prima Porta on the northern outskirts of Rome on Dec. 3, 2023. | Credit: Elizabeth Alva/EWTN

Doctrine of Faith Prefect Says Pope Francis Knew about His Book "Mystical Passion"

Jan 17, 2024

The prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith said in a recent interview that Pope Francis previously knew of his Spanish-language book.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin celebrates Mass for peace in Ukraine on Thursday in the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome, Nov. 17, 2022. | Credit: Daniel Ibáñez / CNA

Fiducia Supplicans "has touched a very sensitive point": Vatican Secretary of State

Jan 13, 2024

The Vatican’s secretary of state acknowledged the divided reaction to Fiducia Supplicans, which allows nonliturgical blessings for couples in “irregular” situations.

Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández. | Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/ACI Prensa

"I certainly would not write [that] now": Doctrine Prefect on His Sexually Explicit Book

Jan 8, 2024

Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández, one of the most powerful men in the Vatican, responded to criticism about a book he wrote in the 1990s on spirituality and sensuality.

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Rediscovered Book by Faith Prefect Features Erotic Passages on "spirituality, sensuality"

Jan 8, 2024

A 1998 book by Cardinal Victor Manuel Fernández featuring provocative, sexually-charged themes has resurfaced, likely adding further scrutiny to the already embattled prefect of the Vatican’s doctrine office.

Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández. | Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/ACI Prensa

Cardinal Fernández: Vatican’s same-sex blessings guidance is ‘clear answer’ to German bishops

Jan 3, 2024

Members of the controversial German Synodal Way overwhelmingly approved developing formalized ritual texts for same-sex blessings in March 2023.  

Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernandez. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Let Each Bishop “make that discernment”: Vatican Prefect on Fiducia Supplicans Application

Dec 27, 2023

In an interview published in a Spanish newspaper, Dicastery of the Doctrine of the Faith prefect Cardinal Victor Fernández responded to criticism of the declaration.

Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández. | Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/ACI Prensa

"Not much new" Will Come out of this Year’s Synod, Vatican’s Doctrine Chief Predicts

Oct 1, 2023

Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández predicts that “those who expect big changes” to come out of this month’s Synod of Bishops will be “disappointed.”