The Synod at the Service of the Neo-Pagan Agenda

Antoine Mekary - ALETEIA - MEDIA

Original version in Spanish Antoine Mekary – ALETEIA – MEDIA Edward Pentin, Rome correspondent for National Catholic Register, was kind enough as to request my first impressions on the recently released Instrumentum laboris for the next Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.   The Instrumentum laboris of the coming Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, made

A “Church with an Amazonian Face” and the Danger of an “Ethnic Heresy” (Part 2)

During the two long episcopates of Bishop Samuel Ruiz and Bishop Felipe Arizmendi in the diocese of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Mexico (1959-2017), a Diocesan Directory for the Permanent Indigenous Diaconate[1]  was established and promulgated in January 1999. It was intended to serve as a model in the pursuit of the “goal of achieving

A “Church with an Amazonian Face” and the Danger of an “Ethnic Heresy” (Part 1)

One of the most delicate balances kept in the Catholic Church is the proper relationship between its parts and the whole, between diocesan communities and the universal Church, between the bishops and the Pope, between the Latin rite and the Eastern rites. This is evident  in the Schism of the East, the Anglican rupture, the

Indian Theology: Between Religious Syncretism and a Return to Paganism (2)

In the previous article, we briefly described the emergence of Indian Theology as a cultural recycling of Liberation Theology. We concluded by pointing out that this theology aims to recover the traditional religious thought of indigenous peoples favor a synthesis of that thought with Catholic theology. The Zapotec priest Eleazar López Hernández, a “midwife” of

Indian Theology: Between Religious Syncretism and a Return to Paganism (1)

Pope Francis in Puerto Maldonado

Therefore, far from abandoning their worldview, the Indians should work “for the re-appropriation of a heritage permeated by ancestral wisdom. Such a legacy advocates a harmonious relationship between nature and the Creator.”[2] Moreover, the document presents such beliefs as a model for other cultural areas, citing the words that Pope Francis addressed to the indigenous

The Pan-Amazon Synod, or Eleazar López’s Revenge on Joseph Ratzinger

CELAM - Aparecida

The coming Synod will take place in Rome and will deal with the Amazon, the vast lowland area of South America. Paradoxically, however, the great winner of the event will be a Zapotec Indian born in high mountainous areas of North America, more precisely in Oaxaca, Mexico. He is Father Eleazar Opez Hernandez,[1]  a priest

The Pan-Amazon Synod: A Church with the Face of a Healer?

The main objective of the next Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops is “to find new ways of developing the Amazonian face of the Church.”[1] Since one can only grow something that already exists, it is well to study the physiognomy that the missionaries installed in the Amazon are already giving their communities and

Pan Amazon Synod: From Evangelization to “Intercultural Exodus” (Part 2)

In the previous article we showed how the Church knew how to adapt to the cultures of the peoples she successively evangelized while preserving and improving everything they had of good, beautiful and true, and eliminating everything that was bad, ugly and wrong so as to make flourish a culture at the same time authentically

Pan Amazon Synod: From Evangelization to “Intercultural Exodus” (Part 1)

Kiwxí is the title of a movie[1] issued by the Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network to pay homage to Brother Vicente Cañas S.J, a Spanish missionary murdered in 1987 for his intervention in territorial disputes between Indians and newly arrived landowners in the northwest of the state of Mato Grosso in what was then a real Brazilian

A Mission That Baptized No One in Fifty-Three Years: The Flawed Evangelization Model of the Pan-Amazonian Synod

David Kopenawa

Since 1965, the Institute of the Consolata for Foreign Missions, originally from Turin and present in 28 countries, has had a mission among the Yanomamis in Brazil. The mission is currently led by the Italian priest Fr. Corrado Dalmolego, assisted by three women religious of the Institute’s female branch. Fr. Corrado Dalmolego In a recent