The Amazon Synod is fraught with contradictions.
The Synod Fathers discuss the Amazon while at the same time vetoing the participation of representatives of the Bolsonaro government. They claim that riverside populations lack religious assistance while forgetting that, in the country’s cities, millions are waiting to hear the preaching of the Gospel.
Today, I want to deal with another contradiction.
For example, the recent act renewing the Pact of the Catacombs (during the Synod) says: “Renewing in our churches the preferential option for the poor, especially for the original peoples, and along with them, guarantee their right to being protagonists in society and the Church.”
Cardinal Claudio Hummes, Synod Rapporteur, adds, “Listening to the Spirit, listening to our Amazonian peoples, listening to the cries of the earth. We have this openness.”
Listen to aboriginal peoples? What did the Nazis do?
Writing in October 1938 about the Nazi ‘resurrection’ of ancient pagan gods, Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira commented: “The number of people in Germany seeking to restore the old pagan religion under Rosenberg’s leadership was growing by leaps and bounds.”
“As everyone knows – and the Vatican’s Osservatore Romano has repeatedly and thoroughly reported – that is literally a religious cult. … Many leading figures in Nazi ranks go into the jungles, and in the still of the night, faithfully reproduce the ritual worship of old pagan gods just as it was before Germany was Christianized by Saint Boniface and his successors. In their speeches and propaganda leaflets, these neo-pagans proudly proclaim that this worship is not merely symbolic but has the clear, positive, and unmistakable imprint of idolatry.”
Should the Synod follow “ancient wisdom” or obey the Divine Mandate?
Would the Synod approve that Nazi-operated resurgence of the cult of pagan gods in ancient Germany?
If the Synod’s mentors are consistent, of course it would. That would be preserving the cultural identity, ‘integration with nature,’ and ‘ancient wisdom’ of ancient Germany.
Did the Church err by converting the Roman Empire? Did the Church violate the culture of the ancient pagan empire? Is the testimony of martyrs over three centuries not an affirmation of the Truth of Our Lord Jesus Christ against the errors of paganism?
Was Saint Paul wrong when he preached in the Aeropagus about the only True (Unknown) God, thereby violating the culture, customs, and “ancient wisdom” of the Greeks?
“But Paul standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are too superstitious. For passing by, and seeing your idols, I found an altar also, on which was written: To the unknown God. What therefore you worship, without knowing it, that I preach to you” (Acts 17:22-23)
As one can see, the Synod is either a fabric of contradictions or a new religion that preserves the “ancient wisdom” of pagan peoples and despises the Divine Mandate: “Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Mt 28:19).
May Our Lady preserve in the Catholic flock, the “Catholic sense,” the “sense of Faith,” and illuminate it against ecotheology, the new form of Liberation Theology.
Translated by the staff of Pan-Amazon Synod-Watch.