Three Errors in the Synod’s Approach

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Facing the Amazon Synod, we need to pay attention in order to avoid making three errors. The first is to consider the Synod, its themes, and the theological approach of the Instrumentum laboris (IL) as deriving from the needs of our times, something which has no previous history and is unaffected by a long period

Pandora’s box

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If you follow the daily press conferences of the Amazon synod, you will hear the same tune every time: new ways, listening to the indigenous population, climate change and Mother Earth. It seems that the fundamental problems just don’t want to be mentioned. In this respect, this synod is very similar to the Youth Synod

‘A path is open for the ordination of women’ synod bishop claims

A Brazilian bishop has called for the ordination of women to the diaconate for service in the Amazon region. The bishop said that 2009 revisions to canon law could allow for the ordination of women deacons, but a leading canon lawyer in the Vatican has disputed that idea. Bishop Evaristo Pascoal Spengler, OFM leads 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

Amazon Synod: Seizing Power

We publish below Vaticanist Giuseppe Rusconi’s interview with José Antonio Ureta, columnist of the Pan-Amazon Synod Watch, which appeared on the Rossoporpora blog. On the distant origins of this Synod, and on the importance of what is at stake, we interviewed Professor José Antonio Ureta, known here in Italy above all for his recent book,

Cdl. Brandmüller: Everything is at stake at the Amazon Synod

In a new statement on the ongoing Pan-Amazon Synod of Bishops in Rome, Cardinal Walter Brandmüller – a respected Church historian and one of the two remaining dubia cardinals – warns against the replacement of the Catholic faith by “a pantheistic natural religion of man.” With regard to the Amazon Synod’s working document (Instrumentum Laboris), the German

Dutch Bishop: Amazon Synod – the intention is a new religion?

If you read the Working Document of the so-called Amazon Synod, it seems that the intended outcome for the synod is a new religion. A kind of eco-socialism, an amalgam of ecology, climate change, ecumenism, viri probati, consecration of women and, oh yes, also a single mention of Jesus, but not as Son of God,

Cardinal Sarah: Ideological push in Amazon synod an ‘insult to God’

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The push by some Westerners to use the Vatican’s Amazon synod to advance their personal agendas is an insult to God and his plan for the Church, Cardinal Robert Sarah said in an interview published this week. “This synod has a specific and local objective: the evangelization of the Amazon. I fear that some Westerners

Pan-Amazonian Pandemic: A Pivotal Moment in the Church

Contrary to the picture painted by the Pan-Amazonian Synod planners, Western culture has brought great blessings to this world Note: This is the second article in series in which I express my serious concerns about the working document (instrumentum laboris) for October’s Pan-Amazonian Synod. In the first article in this series, we noted that the working

Bishop Grech, Backer of Relaxed Communion Rules, Picked for Key Synod Position

The bishop was the principal author of Malta’s guidelines endorsing reception of Communion by divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, and also has been accused of strong-arm actions against critics. VATICAN CITY — In a significant appointment in light of Pope Francis’ emphasis on synodality, Bishop Mario Grech of Gozo, Malta, was named today as the