Who is “Tucho” Fernández, the Cordovan chosen by the Pope to occupy a key position in Rome

2023-07-01 18:01:58

Pope Francis appointed this Saturday the Archbishop of La Plata, Víctor “Tucho” Fernández, in charge of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, the entity in charge of canonical trials for pedophilia, in a task that the pontiff considered “very valuable”. and for which he encouraged him to choose paths other than the “immoral methods” that the body used “in other times.”

Fernández, 60 years old and archbishop of the Buenos Aires capital since 2018, is the first Argentine to hold such an important position in the Holy See since the arrival of Jorge Bergoglio and will replace Jesuit Cardinal Luis Ladaria Ferrer from “mid-September”. who exceeded the 75-year limit for executive positions in the Curia, reported an official statement from the Vatican.

Víctor “Tucho” Fernández was born in Alcira Gigena, Córdoba

Víctor Manuel “Tucho” Fernández was born on July 18, 1962 in Alcira Gigena, in the south of the province of Córdoba. He was ordained a priest on August 15, 1986 for the diocese of Villa de la Concepción del Río Cuarto. He obtained a licentiate in theology with a biblical specialty at the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome) and later a doctorate in theology at the Faculty of Theology in Buenos Aires.

From 1993 to 2000 he was parish priest of Santa Teresita in Río Cuarto. He was the founder and director of the Lay Training Institute and the Jesús Buen Pastor Teacher Training Center in the same city.

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In his diocese he was also a seminary formator, director of ecumenism and director of catechism. In 2007 he participated in the V Conference of the Latin American Episcopate (Aparecida) as a priest representing Argentina and, later, as a member of the drafting group of the final document.

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From 2008 to 2009 he was Dean of the Faculty of Theology of the Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina and President of the Argentine Theological Society. From 2009 to 2018 he was rector of the Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina. On May 13, 2013, he was named Archbishop by Pope Francis.

He participated, as a member, in the Synods of Bishops on the family in 2014 and 2015, in which he was also part of the writing groups. In the Assembly of the Argentine Episcopal Conference in 2017, he was elected President of the Episcopal Commission for Faith and Culture (Doctrinal Commission). In June 2018, he assumed the position of Archbishop of La Plata.

He was a member of the Pontifical Council for Culture and Consultant of the Congregation for Catholic Education. He is currently a member of the Dicastery for Culture and Education. Between books and scientific articles, he has more than 300 publications, many of which have been translated into several languages. These writings show an important biblical basis and a constant effort of dialogue between theology and culture, the evangelizing mission, spirituality and social issues.

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