A “Way of the Cross”? Or a Cross in the Passion of the Church?

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The texts and illustrations of the Way of the Cross presented by REPAM are beyond words. They seek to identify the Passion of Our Divine Redeemer, by which He redeemed all men from the original sin committed by our first Parents, with pagan customs of aboriginal peoples and the environment. This Way of the Cross

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

Venezuela’s Parliament Denounces the Disappearance of 80 Pemon Indians

Rayner Peña reports on Panampost[1] of April 9 (EFE): “Venezula’s Parliament Denounces the Disappearance of 80 Indians” of the Pemon ethnic group since the end of February. “The Venezuelan Parliament’s Interior Policy Committee denounced on Tuesday the disappearance of 80 indigenous Pemons from a region bordering with Brazil” since a confrontation with Venezuelan security forces

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 Amazon Science and Myth

As an introduction, it is unnecessary  to recall the importance and interest of the Amazon for Brazil and the world. Brazil’s control manifests itself in various ways and its political sovereignty over the Amazon should be out of the question. That includes scientific sovereignty, which the country strives to exercise against disinformation and mystifications as

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

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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

Six Characteristics of True Environmental Stewardship

Church Sainte Chapelle - Paris

Many North Americans, Latin Americans, and Europeans are justifiably skeptical of the global environmental movement. It shows many of the characteristics, not of a serious scientific movement, but of a political ideology or even a quasi-religious sect. The overwhelming majority of its leaders and foot soldiers espouse a not-so-hidden socialist ideology that seeks to dismantle

Amazon Synod: Off to a Bad Start


The Synod on the Amazon will be held in October 2019 under the title “Amazonia: New Paths for the Church and for an Integral Ecology”. Reading its preparatory document dated June 8, 2018, one is struck by its praise of the culture of indigenous peoples and even wonders if it was ever necessary to evangelize