Pachamama and the Gods of Ancient Greece. The Lesson of Paul in Athens

The synod for the Amazon has been filed away, but the “scandal” that accompanied its unfolding is far from being healed. Generating this “sign of contradiction” was Pope Francis himself, at first on October 4 in the Vatican Gardens, by attending prostrations in front of unidentified objects of worship including a wooden statuette of a

Married Priests? Yes, But in Perfect Continence. The Lesson of the Church’s First Centuries

Fr. Thomas Michelet

Thomas Michelet, a Dominican, teaches theology in Rome at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, “Angelicum.” He did not take part in the synod for the Amazon, but he followed its discussions, in particular on the ordination of married men to the priesthood. He does not declare himself either for or against. But he

From Words to Deeds. The Six Points On Which the Post-Synodal Exhortation Is Already Written

With the synod for the Amazon filed away, the anticipation is now over what Pope Francis will decide, on the basis of the votes delivered to him in the final document. To judge by the improvised speech in Spanish that Jorge Mario Bergoglio gave in the synod hall at the end of the sessions, on the afternoon of

Married Priests Barely Pass. Women Deacons Flunk. The Criticisms of a Synod Father

The synod for the Amazon ended its work today, October 26, with a point-by-point vote on the concluding document. But this document has no normative effect whatsoever. It was simply handed over to Pope Francis so that he may decide what is to be done, and write it in a post-synodal exhortation expected in the

“Dis-evangelized” Amazon. The Numbers of a Catholic Church Reduced By Half

At the press conference on Monday, October 14 Paolo Ruffini, prefect of the Vatican dicastery for communication, was asked why updated statistical data have not been released on the religious affiliation of inhabitants of the Amazon, seeing the impetuous growth of the Evangelical and Pentecostal Churches, at the expense of the Catholic Church. Paolo Ruffini

Bishop Kräutler Also Knows That in the Amazon They Practice Infanticide. But He Does Not Want It To Be Punished

The previous post from Settimo Cielo on infanticide in the Amazon and on those who defend it in the Church struck a tremendous chord. But there’s something else. It is not true that prominent figures of the synod in progress are unaware of the existence of this practice among some tribes. Such sensational ignorance could in fact

Cardinal Müller Accuses: From This Synod They Have Driven Out Jesus

Cardinal Müller

The Synod on the Amazon has begun. “But it will have consequences for the universal Church,” warns Cardinal Gerhard Müller, in a lengthy interview with Matteo Matzuzzi for the newspaper “Il Foglio,” released on the very day of the opening of the work. “If one listens to the voices of some of the protagonists of this

Infanticide: There Are Those Who Defend It, Even in the Church

Cardinal Pedro Barreto

At the jam-packed press conference on Tuesday October 8 on the synod for the Amazon, the Swiss journalist Giuseppe Rusconi posed the following question: “One of the leitmotifs of this synod is the representation of the Indian peoples as if they dwelt in the earthly paradise before original sin. They are lauded for their primitive

Let the Amazon Learn From China, Where the Church Flourished With Very Few Missionaries. Celibate

The mantra with which the proponents of married priests justify their demand is the irreversible shortage of celibate priests in regions with small communities scattered over remote places, like the Amazon or the islands of the Pacific. It must be guaranteed – they say – that the celebration of the Mass is offered to all