The Utopian Premises of Ecological Tribalism


The Ecological Turn of “Postmodernity” When compared to yesterday’s culture a few decades ago, today’s “postmodern” culture has some rather surprising differences. One such difference is its ecologist tendency to rediscover, re-evaluate and propose models that are backward, primitive, wild and tribal. In yesterday’s culture, man was acclaimed as the master of Nature. Today, everyone

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

Pope Francis’s Green Friends

“Show me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are.”  Laudato Si, Pope Francis’s encyclical published on June 18, 2015, marked a paradigm shift in the Vatican’s treatment of environmental issues. Among left-wing activists and politicians, it put the Vatican on the map of organizations promoting “green” ideology. In the mainstream

The Amazon Synod and National Sovereignty

It happened. Brazil, a state that declares itself secular, has been drawn into an international imbroglio of a religious nature that could cost its sovereignty over the Amazon. The threat is not coming from the military powers of Russia or China, but from the institutional strength of a state with a meager .44 km² of

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

Indigenous Uprising against the Fifth Centennial

The Indigenist movement raised its head on the Fifth Centennial of the discovery of America in 1992, by manifesting an outright rejection of the civilizing and evangelizing work carried out on in the New World.  Orphaned by Marxist communism, the Left instigated this movement by reinventing class struggle, including the clash of indigenous peoples with

The Amazon Synod and the Vatican’s Radical Environmentalism

People concerned with the threat of radical environmentalism would be mistaken to assume that the Catholic Church’s upcoming Amazon Synod of Bishops, to be held in Rome in October 2019, is an internal affair dealing with pastoral matters. On the contrary, it will be a laboratory of ecological activism that promises, in the Vatican’s own

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

The New Class Struggle: The Death of Communism, or a Metamorphosis?

The King Is Dead: Long Live the King! Was 1991 the year communism died, or did it just undergo a metamorphosis? In one way or another, this problem dominated public discussion at that time. It went through academic and political environments, the media, social gatherings and salons, and even sacristies. Curiously enough, in addition to

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