German Bishop: Amazon Synod’s Proposals Have ‘Great Importance’ for Us

Bishop Franz-Josef Bode told the Register that the recent synod’s push for married priests and women deacons ‘complies with our reflections’ for the German Church’s upcoming ‘Synodal Path.’ . The vote at the Synod of Bishops on the Pan-Amazon Region last month to propose ordaining married men — the so-called viri probati — and to

The Indians, a Privileged Class

Pe. Antônio Vieira SJ

Undoing the slanders against the colonization of the Americas In the overseas kingdoms, all are full-fledged citizens This common Catholic mentality meant that the kingdoms of Spain and Portugal did not look upon new possessions as mere colonies or additions, but as parts of themselves: “The basic concept of the Spanish Empire is not what

Cardinal Burke: Pope would be leading a schism if he endorsed errors in Amazon Synod working doc

Cardinal Raymond Burke, one of the Church’s most outspoken defenders of perennial Catholic teaching, suggested that Pope Francis could be leading a “schism” if he were to put his “stamp” of approval on the Amazon Synod’s controversial working document that has been criticized by top-ranking prelates, including Burke, as constituting apostasy, heresy, and “false teaching”.

Former vicar general of Rome: Ordaining married men in Amazon a ‘wrong choice’

Cardinal Camillo Ruini: “In the Amazon, and also in other parts of the world, there is a serious shortage of priests, and Christian communities often remain deprived of the Mass,” Ruini, who was Vicar General of Rome from 1991 to 2008, said in a Nov. 3 interview with Italian daily Corriere della Sera. “It is

Cardinal Cañizares: “priestly ordination is for men only”

Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera affirmed that the male priesthood is of the essence of the Catholic faith and that “no one in the Church can do anything but admit that priestly ordination is for men only.” In an opinion piece that appeared in the Spanish daily La Razón in September, Cardinal Cañizares, archbishop of Valencia,

Tribal Rites within Vatican Walls. Outside, People Pray, Bewildered

At the opening of the Synod in the Vatican gardens, embarrassing tribal rites for “Mother Earth” are celebrated under the eyes of the Pope. Meanwhile, the faithful outside, amid conferences, public prayers, and testimonies countering claims about the Amazon, wonder about what is going on. For many Catholics, the last few days of the past

John Paul II: The Old Missionaries are a bright and perennial example yesterday and today

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APOSTOLIC TRIP TO BRAZIL OF THE HOLY FATHER JOHN PAUL II OCTOBER 12-21, 1991 ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER MEETING WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES OF BRAZIL Cuiaba, October 16, 1991 From the two last paragraphs of number 4:   These missionaries – Franciscans, Capuchins, Salesians, Jesuits, Dominicans, Carmelites, Benedictines, and many others –

Amazon Synod shows good and evil becoming friends in the Vatican

Right- Cardinal Hummes

We now know a bit more about what happened after the pagan ceremony of the “Pago a la tierra” (“Payment to the Earth”) in the Vatican gardens under the pope’s very eyes. The next evening, on Saturday, October 5, the group of “indigenous” Amazonians — wearing feathers, t-shirts, and trendy sports shoes — and their

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

The Amazon Synod and the Utopia of Poverty

Catholic doctrine teaches that both poverty and wealth are means that can serve to reach our main goal, which is eternal salvation. For this reason, the  Church does not condemn the fact of being rich or poor, but only people’s attachment to riches and contempt of poverty, attitudes at odds with the first Commandment of