Tribal Rites within Vatican Walls. Outside, People Pray, Bewildered

At the opening of the Synod in the Vatican gardens, embarrassing tribal rites for “Mother Earth” are celebrated under the eyes of the Pope. Meanwhile, the faithful outside, amid conferences, public prayers, and testimonies countering claims about the Amazon, wonder about what is going on. For many Catholics, the last few days of the past

German bishops’ website overflows with praise for Amazon Synod’s final doc

As expected, German bishops, priests, and laymen have been responding favorably to the Amazon Synod’s final report that called for “ministries” for women, the ordination of married men, and an “Amazonian rite.” Katholisch.de, the news website of the German Bishops’ Conference, is now eagerly publishing many of these supportive statements. Access to priesthood shouldn’t be