The Incas Sacrificed Beautiful Children to Pachamama

The work of archaeologists in Peru was reported at the end of September without any direct connection with the Amazon Synod.  It was a research activity that has particular relevance in view of the recent, so pervasive presence of Pachamama portrayals. The Pachamama, which literally means “World Mother,” rather than “Mother Earth,” was a deity

The Political Pan-Amazon Synod?

NEWS ANALYSIS: A set of ideological presuppositions, derived from the political left and also rooted in some strands of liberation theology, informed both the synodal discussions and the synod’s final document. The Pan-Amazonian synod that took place last month highlighted an array of sociopolitical and environmental concerns affecting both the indigenous people of the region

‘Act of true charity’: Bishop Schneider praises initiative calling Pope to repent for Pachamama idolatry

Bishop Athanasius Schneider, the auxiliary bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan, praised as an “act of true charity” a statement by over 100 priests and lay scholars who called on Pope Francis to repent for the idolatry of Pachamama that took place during the Amazon Synod. In a new interview with the German Catholic newspaper Die Tagespost,

Dutch bishop joins statement calling for Pope to repent of Pachamama idolatry at Amazon Synod

Bishop Robert Mutsaerts, auxiliary bishop of ’s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands, has joined the signatories of the “Protest against Pope Francis’ sacrilegious acts” whose statement protesting the pagan worship in the Vatican went online on November 12. He is the second bishop to have signed the statement since Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò joined the original signatories

“Pachamama Slayer” Tells his Story at TFP Washington Bureau

Millions of Catholics around the world were outraged when participants of the Pan Amazon Synod in Rome solemnly carried a nude fertility idol from Peru called a “Pachamama” in a procession in Saint Peter’s Basilica. In the inaugural ceremony in the Vatican Gardens, Pope Francis cheerfully received and blessed the idol. Later on during the

How Did We Get to This Situation?

I have been asking myself this question for some years now: How have we come to this situation? I am referring to the situation we see today in this church 2.0, as I called it in a previous article, not to mention what we see happening in civil society. Watching those who remain silent, almost

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”.

Interculturation: Only Drumming and Feathers?

Those who take the trouble of monitoring the Amazon Synod briefings end up with mixed feelings. All statements deal with “going out,” “openness,” “recognition,” “integral ecology,” etc. However, listening to some of the Synod Fathers, it seems that such expressions do not go beyond secondary concessions on liturgy and catechesis. Those proposing this “moderate” vision

Key Amazon Synod organizer calls for Pachamama to be ‘integrated’ into Catholic liturgy

A bishop who was a key organizer of the recently concluded Amazon Synod in Rome said in an interview that the pagan “Pachamama” statues that were present throughout the synod should be “integrated” into Catholic liturgy. At an October 30 presentation of his new book, Renewal Now (2019), Bishop Erwin Kräutler commented upon the Amazon

The Synod on the Amazon, the spirit of Pachamama and the spirit of Elijah

What was the Amazon Synod and where will it lead us? The response to this question cannot certainly be limited to an analysis of the final document, voted on October 26, 2019. The Pan-Amazonian Synod is part of a process that should be considered in its progressive phases and context, even in the media, so