Cardinal Baldisseri on Youth and the Amazon Synod
The Osservatore Romano of December 28, 2018 publishes a revealing interview with Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri in which the prelate clearly establishes a link between the Youth Synod held toward the end of last year and the coming Synod on the Amazon, scheduled for October 2019.
According to the interviewer, “from the renewed hopes raised by comparison with the younger generation, we look to the Amazon to launch a strong pastoral and social message focused on integral ecology in the light of (the encyclical) Laudato si.”
The cardinal believes one must use the experiences acquired with young people because they are “a reference to be followed in the pastoral life of the community and of ecclesial communities.” He adds that young people are important “to society and to civil demands.”
What are these demands? They probably translate into the issues to be addressed by the Synod on the Amazon, which include, among other things, the “aspect of integral ecology proposed as a real alternative to the crisis of the Amazon rainforest, lung of capital importance for the planet and defense of the populations that inhabit that huge territory,” the prelate states.
Showing the broad scope of the issues to be studied at the synod, Cardinal Baldisseri continues: “Obviously, the theme includes the planet’s environmental, social, cultural, political and economic ecology, the indigenous issue, ecological education and spirituality.”
According to him, “Integral ecology goes hand in hand with the mission of the Church, which seeks with this synod to find and set new paths for a new and effective evangelization of the peoples who inhabit that land.”
What the distinguished interviewee appears not to see is his total disconnection from traditional Church teaching regarding current issues. This becomes even more obvious in view of the amorality reigning among both participants and documents of the Youth Synod, as reported by many news outlets.
How can this amorality be a reference for the Synod on the Amazon? How can “a new and effective evangelization” of the peoples who inhabit the Amazon become possible without the perennial teachings of Holy Church?