A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel García Márquez

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What is the Church's response to the old man in "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings"?

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The Church's response—in the shape of Father Gonzaga—to the old man is generally hostile. Father Gonzaga is somewhat skeptical of the old man's claims to be an angel. The old man can't speak Latin or Aramaic, and the supposed miracles he performs are unrelated to the sickness of those he heals. At the same time, like the good churchman he is, he wants to make sure of the Vatican's position before pronouncing judgment on the matter.

Though Father Gonzaga remains deeply skeptical right until the end, there's always a sense that he's amenable to changing his mind. After all, if there really were a...

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