Catholic Abuse Victim Calls Cardinal’s Book ‘Filth’

By The Ruth Institute Published on January 24, 2024

Christine Niles interviews Faith Hakesley on her show “Forward Boldly.”

Catholics all over the world are demanding the resignation of Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández, the Vatican’s doctrine chief, for a 1998 book he authored, Mystical Passion, describing union with God using explicit, some say blasphemous, sexual terminology.

Niles writes:

Its most controversial passage involves the “mystical encounter” of a 16-year-old girl, confiding to Fernández when he was a priest. In this experience, the girl meets Jesus, then proceeds to sensually touch Him all over His body before they exchange a prolonged kiss on the lips, as the Blessed Mother looks on approvingly.

According to one priest, “That isn’t mystical. That’s demonic.”

Faith Hakesley joins this episode of “Forward Boldly” to weigh in with her own perspective as a survivor of priestly sex abuse.

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A Clerical Abuse Survivor’s Response to Cardinal Fernández’s Book, The Mystical Passion

Faith Hakesley at Advice from a Survivor.

Pope Francis elevated Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández to prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF) last year. Fernández drafted the controversial Fiducia Supplicans, a doctrinal declaration released with the pope’s approval on December 18, 2023.

A resurfaced scandalous book, The Mystical Passion, written by Fernández in 1998, has recently brought him more attention.

I read some of The Mystical Passion and found it nauseating. It’s sexually graphic, blasphemous, and completely inappropriate on so many levels. It would likely be especially triggering for any survivor of sexual abuse. It certainly was for me. I only got through a few portions before I felt physically ill and had to stop.

Even more concerning than this book’s graphic descriptions is that it was inspired by a 16-year-old girl’s “spiritual” but sensual encounter with Jesus, as relayed to Fernández. This encounter is included in the book.

To be clear, I’m not suggesting Fernández abused anyone; however, that a Catholic priest would speak/write so graphically is despicable. Also, what I read suggests both grooming and spiritual abuse.

Some of the lines stood out to me because my rapist said almost identical things while he was grooming and abusing me. As has happened in many cases of clerical abuse, my rapist often combined abuse with spirituality. He would try to make the awful things he was doing seem beautiful and godly.

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