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Overturning Two Thousand Years of Pastoral Work

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The Church evangelizes by civilizing and civilizes by evangelizing.

In the Church’s two-thousand-year existence, the divine commandment “go ye and teach all peoples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” (Mt 28:19) has always borne fruit also in the temporal sphere. While spreading the Faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Church gradually gave rise to the true civilization: Christian Civilization. The spiritual action of the Church was also eminently civilizing wherever it made itself felt.

Saint_BonifaceAt the very moment when Christianity conquered Germany through Saint Boniface by bringing the Light of Christ, it also penetrated the virgin forests in the German territories of the Greco-Roman civilization. What Saint Boniface did in Germany, countless missionaries did in all Western nations. In the early centuries of the Middle Ages, they traveled through every corner of Europe as humble heralds of Truth.

This epic spread to other parts of the earth, especially to Latin America, the evangelization of which Pope Pius XII defined as “the greatest epic of the Faith after the foundation of the Church.” The missionary work of Spain and Portugal in the New World brought millions of souls and an entire continent to the fold of Christ, producing fruits of marked sanctity and giving life to a splendid civilization, a daughter of the European one.

1-1Heaven sealed, so to speak, this epic apostolate with the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico in 1531. Presenting herself as a mestizo woman adorned with indigenous features, the Mother of God blessed the religious-cultural work of the missionaries in the New World.

Nevertheless, the promoters of the Pan Amazon Synod, to be held in Rome this October under the aegis of Pope Francis, deny both of these elements of the pastoral care of the Church. According to them, the Church must neither catechize nor civilize the Amazon Indians. Instead, she must learn from them the true Faith and “good living.”

According to the promoters of the Synod, the Indians, instead of dogmatic definitions and established rituals, have kept the living memory of a primitive Revelation inherent in nature and accessible through “communion with nature and with the various spiritual forces,”.  Moreover, the Indians are the ones supposed to teach us the “good living” that should replace our industrial and consumerist civilization. They call this an “ecological conversion.”

The promoters of the Synod are, therefore, upending two thousand years of the pastoral work of the Church and dumping the Magisterium of so many Popes who supported and blessed the evangelizing work in the Americas. They are also despising the work of numerous saints who spent their lives and sometimes even shed their blood to bring the Light of Christ to the most remote places. For them, there is no “mercy,” but only the terrible accusation of “cultural imperialism.”

This extremism, however, ended up by causing strong reactions from the faithful, and especially from the Amazon populations. The Brazilian bishops have had to denounce a “witch hunt” that seeks to “demonize” the promoters of the Synod. No “hunting” is taking place here, but simply the voice of the faithful, which they obstinately refuse to listen.

Recently, young men from the Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira Institute in Brazil, and Tradición y Acción of Peru have gone on an “Amazon caravan” collecting signatures on a petition to the promoters of the Synod. Their success has gone beyond the best expectations.

Will the Synod’s promoters listen to the true voice of the Amazon people this time? Or will they continue trying to impose ideological schemes of dubious origin and harmful consequences?

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One thought on “Overturning Two Thousand Years of Pastoral Work

  1. Mr Izcue, I do admire your wish to eloquently express briefly the command of Jesus Himself to evangelize the world, but there are some errors in history that you need to incorporate into your explanation since you leave out THE most pertinent of reasons for the evangelization of South America.
    1. The missionary work of Spain and Portugal was about to be snuffed out by the Aztecs who had enough of them trying to stop their practices to which they objected vehemently. Sacrificing virgins and babies. They were about kill the Spaniers when the most momentous miracle happened: Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared.
    a) Heaven did not sealed the missionary work, she prevented it’s death.
    b) She did not present herself as a “mestizo woman’. That is an actual self portrait, she is Palestinian by anthropologists’ studies.
    c) The way she appeared has NOTHING Aztec in her garb. She appeared exactly how she had appeared in Spain roughly 1000 yrs before. Her image kept in the parish WHERE CORTEZ ATTENDED IN SPAIN, thus he was the ONLY one who recognized her as the Mother of God!!!!
    d) Everything she appeared with was meant for the Spaniards!! not the Aztecs. It was the bishop, once he believed (remember ??… Castilian roses in winter!! ONLY GREW where the bishop was from!!!) that added to the picture the Aztec motif!!!
    e) It was the bishop that added to the picture the Aztec things as to show them proof of what they, the missionaries were saying was true, There is a God greater than theirs!!!.
    f) “aegis” has an innuendo affiliated to pagan gods and under the control of such. Meaning that the Holy Father is controlling the theme and program of the synod. That is unabashed blasphemy.
    g) The rest of the article may be (who knows since there are so many errors of history) perhaps closer to what is happening, but to put it under the aegis of the Holy Father is nothing short of blasphemous.

    Please, show source that the program and details you offer ARE ACTUALLY AND TRUTHFULLY from the Holy Father Francis’ personal agenda. The theme is his, that is the only truth you have included, but not his concern with the raping of that area for the good of the world rich. To sweep him along with THOSE PROMOTERS WITHOUT DIFFERENTIATING… THAT IS BLASPHEMY!!!!

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