New Archbishop of Buenos Aires misunderstands the Eucharist. Another darkness in the long night of the Bergoglio Papacy.

The poor as equivalent to the Eucharist?

Pope Francis appointed Monsignor García Cuerva as the new Archbishop of Buenos Aires, a senior pastor with a dubious understanding of the Eucharist.

The speculation has come to an end. As reported by the daily bulletin of the press office, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Cardinal Mario Aurelio Poli as Archbishop of Buenos Aires, who had reached the age of 75 at the end of November last year. At the same time, Francis appointed Msgr. Jorge Ignacio García Cuerva, the former Bishop of Rio Gallegos, as the new Archbishop and Primate of Argentina.

The formal aspects

Archbishop García Cuerva was born on 12 April 1968 in Rio Gallegos in the Argentinean state of Santa Cruz (Patagonia). He studied philosophy and theology at the seminary of the diocese of San Isidro and was ordained priest on 24 October 1997. He also obtained a licentiate in Church History at the Catholic University of Argentina and in Canon Law at the Catholic University of Salta.

He first served as parochial vicar of Nuestra Señora de la Cava in Beccar in the province of Buenos Aires until 2005, then as parish priest of Santa Clara de Asís and parish priest of Nuestra Señora de la Cava until 2014.

He was vice-president of the Diocesan Caritas of San Isidro, regional advisor for prison chaplaincy, secretary of the Commission for Prison Pastoral Care of the Argentine Bishops' Conference and chaplain in several prisons in the province of Buenos Aires.

In 2017, Pope Francis appointed him titular bishop of Lacubaza and auxiliary bishop of Lomas de Zamora. On 3 March 2018, he received episcopal ordination. Just a few months later, Francis appointed him Bishop of Rio Gallegos, with the inauguration taking place in March 2019.

On 20 July 2021, Francis appointed him a member of the Roman Congregation for Bishops, now called the Episcopal Dicastery.

The substantive aspects

The son of a military officer and dentist, he came from the upper class Argentinean community of San Isidro. His family background is anti-Peronist. Monsignor García Cuerva attended exclusively public schools and socialised with children from the same social milieu. He then discovered Peronism and the option for the poor in the seminary, which was steeped in liberation theology. 

In February 2021, Bishop García Cuerva asserted that he had not allowed a Salesian priest to celebrate a blessing ceremony for the homosexual union of two men (one male and one transsexual). However, the new Archbishop of Buenos Aires also said at the time that "we accompany all people without exception in their legitimate desire to receive God's blessing". This was precisely the reason the Salesian had also given for his action. The Bishop's supposed no merely referred to the formalism of having or not having granted permission. This obfuscation tactic of firing smoke candles is all too common among modernist clerics on the homosexual issue.

It is fitting that Garcia Cuerva baptised the adopted children of the well-known transvestite and homo activist Florencia de la V (a man who has been formally recognised as a "woman" since 2010) and his homosexual partner to great media hype.

In addition, the understanding of the Eucharist taught by Bishop García Cuerva caused astonishment, horror and incomprehension. His theses on the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar do not agree with Catholic teaching. During the alleged pandemic of 2020-2023, he banned the viaticum, the communion of the dying and had chapels closed where Perpetual Adoration was held. He also claimed that Christ's presence in the Eucharist was Christologically equivalent to that in the poor. Service to the poor was congruent with Eucharistic adoration.

His farewell letter to his former diocese of Rio Gallegos, published yesterday, is peppered with buzzwords from Pope Francis with no defined content:

"But today, in this message, I want to thank you: thank you because here, in the Diocese at the end of the world, I have learned to be a Diocesan bishop alongside the people and to dream together of a field hospital church, as the Pope tells us."

For Argentinian blogger Caminante-Wanderer, the appointment means the Argentinian Church is "irretrievably lost". Because of his age of 55, Msgr García Guerva will be Primate of Argentina for the next 20 years. After that, "the Church will no longer exist in Argentina", Caminante-Wanderer said.

The blogger added:

"The evil of Pope Francis is immeasurable. I was sure that he would not appoint Bishop Víctor Fernández, whose hand he had let go of a long time ago: he used it for a long time and threw it away when it no longer served him as he normally does. But I thought that he would choose a more civilised character - Lozano, Azpiroz Costa or Colombo, for example - rather than an ultra. For Monsignor García Cuerva is a professed representative of a new Church that can hardly be identified with the true Roman Church and the faith it professes."

The new archbishop can probably look forward to the cardinal's purple soon.



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