Cardinal Raymond Burke is backing a France-originated call to prayer and reparation on Dec. 12 for the Pachamama idolatry that took place at the Vatican during the Amazon Synod, saying that “diabolical forces” have entered St. Peter’s Basilica that need to be “vanquished.”
“Something very grave happened during the special assembly of the Bishops’ Synod for the Amazon region. An idol was introduced into St Peter’s Basilica – the figure of a demonic force,” said Cardinal Burke during a short Dec. 8 interview with the French independent TV station, TVLibertés.
“Therefore reparation is necessary and also prayers, so that the diabolical forces that entered with this idol are vanquished by the grace of God, by Christ who wants St Peter’s Basilica to be purified of the sacrilegious act that took place during the Synod,” he added.
In an initiative that originated in France, Catholics are being called to mark the liturgical feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Thursday, December 12, by prayers of love and reparation for the idolatrous parodies of her image in the Vatican Gardens, in the Synod Aula, in the streets of Rome, in the church of Santa Maria in Traspontina near St Peter’s Square and in St Peter’s Basilica itself, at the very heart of Christendom.
The initiative has been dubbed: “Let’s spiritually throw the Pachamamas into the Tiber,” and has received the support of Alexander Tchugguel, the young Austrian Catholic who actually threw five Pachamamas taken out of Santa Maria in Traspontina into the river during the Amazon Synod.
The call to prayer is simple and can be answered at all levels. It is suggested that Catholics should say five decades of the Rosary and a prayer of reparation on December 12, if possible in a church, a chapel, a sanctuary or a public place, at some time during the day, together with like-minded faithful, or at home if that is not possible, or together with a sick or elderly person in his or her home or hospital room.
Cardinal Burke gave his support to this initiative when answering a question by telephone from Jean-Pierre Maugendre, of the “Renaissance catholique” movement, in French during the Dec. 8 interview.
When asked if he was calling all cardinals, bishops, priests and lay people to associate with this initiative of prayer and reparation, the Cardinal replied: “Yes, yes. All should pray and make this act of reparation for the scandal that was caused, especially because God was offended by this act.”
Cardinal Burke insisted: “I want to encourage you in every way to go ahead with this initiative.”
Bishop Athanasius Schneider has also supported the act of reparation, calling it a “precious initiative.”
A classic prayer of reparation used for the devotion of the Five First Saturdays as asked by Our Lady of Fatima to Sister Lucia can be recited as follows:
“O Most Holy Virgin, and Our Mother, we listen with grief to the complaints of your Immaculate Heart surrounded with the thorns placed therein at every moment by the blasphemies and ingratitude of ungrateful humanity. We are moved by the ardent desire of loving you as Our Mother and of promising a true devotion to Your Immaculate Heart.
We therefore kneel before You to manifest the sorrow we feel for the grievances that people cause You, and to atone by our prayers and sacrifices for the offenses with which they return your love. Obtain for them and for us the pardon of so many sins. Hasten the conversion of sinners that they may love Jesus Christ and cease to offend the Lord, already so much offended. Turn you eyes of mercy toward us, that we may love God with all our heart on earth and enjoy Him forever in Heaven.”
Hundreds of French Catholics have asked for printed or printable PDF versions of a prayer card showing the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe on one side, and a French prayer of reparation including the invocation taught by the Virgin to Saint Catherine Labouré: “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.”
The prayer ends with this invocation:
“Hail Mary, Beloved daughter of the Father; Hail Mary, Immaculate mother of the Son; Hail Mary, Virginal spouse of the Holy Spirit.”
Both invocations were quoted by Roy Schoeman, a convert from Judaism, as being particularly loved by the Blessed Virgin whom he saw in a miraculous dream and asked how she liked to be addressed.
The ugly, naked and pregnant Pachamama appears as a total antithesis to the Holy Mother of God in her revelation to the Indigenous peoples of the Americas and the Spanish Conquistadors.
December 12 is the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Empress of the Americas, whose miraculous image was left in 1531 of the blanket-coat or “tilma” of a middle-aged man – in what is now Mexico –, Saint Juan Diego, who had already converted to Christianity less than nine years after the Spaniards overthrew the Aztec empire.
The image is rich with both Western and indigenous symbolism and shows her to be both a Virgin and pregnant, a sweet Mother who was visually as different as can be from the pagan spirits worshiped by the local population. It was her apparition that sparked off the mass conversion of millions of indigenous people to the Catholic faith, brought to them by the Spanish conquistadors who had arrived in the country some ten years earlier. Less than a hundred years later, practically the whole Latin American continent had been converted.
The majority of the indigenous Aztecs and Mayas of the region in 1531 must still have remembered the terrifying times of human sacrifice when the serpent god, Quetzalcoatl, and other divinities were given their due of human victims, and the vision of the gentle but regal figure of the Virgin Mary was for them a complete novelty. Their pagan gods were frightening in their ugliness and evil in their demands; Our Lady of Guadalupe came with a message of love and of trust, to speak of the true God:
“Know, know for sure, my dearest, littlest, and youngest son, that I am the perfect and ever Virgin Holy Mary, Mother of the God of truth through Whom everything lives, the Lord of all things near us, the Lord of heaven and earth”[.]
“Am I not here, I, who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not the source of your joy? Are you not in the hollow of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms? Do you need anything more? Let nothing else worry you, disturb you.”
She appeared on the hill of Tepeyac, where the temple of Tonantzin — the goddess “Mother Earth” of the Aztecs known as “Pachamama” farther south in the Andes — had been destroyed by the Spaniards. Also known as Coatlicue in the Aztec pantheon, she was an unpleasant divinity, wearing a “skirt of serpents” and a necklace of severed hands, human hearts and skulls. Modern anti-Catholic historians are wont to identify the pagan goddess with Our Lady of Guadalupe, who they say is honored by indigenous Americans as an occult representation of their former goddess.
This syncretic (and blasphemous) interpretation of a fully Catholic veneration for the Virgin Mother of God is very present in modern, secularized circles and would explain why the Pachamama was chosen to be carried about and venerated at the Amazon Synod, even though the perfect example of Our Lady of Guadalupe exists as an answer to the issue of evangelization of the indigenous peoples.
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