Married Priests Barely Pass. Women Deacons Flunk. The Criticisms of a Synod Father

The synod for the Amazon ended its work today, October 26, with a point-by-point vote on the concluding document. But this document has no normative effect whatsoever. It was simply handed over to Pope Francis so that he may decide what is to be done, and write it in a post-synodal exhortation expected in the

Defaced Mural in Brazil of Sweden Activist to be Removed

On the eve of the Amazon Synod, people in the Amazon region are in a bad mood. A mural in the city of Sinop (MT) 500 km from the capitalof Cuiabá, depicting Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, 16, criticized by city council members, was defaced on Tuesday, October 1. On her face was written, “Lula is

Pan Amazon or Pistoia Synod?

Perhaps for fear of Cardinals Brandmüller, Müller, and Burke, and not to prove Bishop Athanasius Schneider right, the Vatican judged it prudent to remove the Pachamama statue from the closing Mass of the Special Assembly of the Synod for the Pan Amazon Region. Perhaps for the same reason, the scandalous pantheistic references of the Instrumentum

‘Demonic sacrilege’: Brazilian bishop condemns Vatican gardens’ ‘Pachamama’ ritual

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A Brazilian bishop said that Pope Francis’ Oct. 4 ceremony in the Vatican gardens prior to the opening of the Amazon Synod, where people prostrated themselves before a wooden statue of a naked pregnant woman (Pachamama), constituted a “scandalous, demonic sacrilege.” “Mother Earth should not be worshipped because everything, even the earth, is under the

Bishop Schneider Publishes Open Letter Condemning Pachamama Idolatry

In a new open letter published today, Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Astana, Kazakhstan, invoking his “ordination as a Catholic bishop and successor to the Apostles,” condemns the use of the pagan “Pachamama” idols in the churches in Rome, and praises the “courageous and praiseworthy act” of the “brave Christian gentlemen” who “expelled the wooden idolatrous