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, Bishop Schneider praised the “Protest against Pope Francis’ Sacrilegious Acts” with regard to the pagan ceremonies that took place in the Vatican during the October 6-27 Pan-Amazon Synod. The statement of protest, published on November 12, has now been signed by nearly 200 priests and lay scholars.
Speaking with Regina Einig, Schneider explained that “the public appeal without doubt serves the salvation of souls.”
“In front of the eyes of the entire world,” he explained, “and in the presence of the Pope, there were conducted clear acts of religious adoration of symbols and statues of the pagan, indigenous, South-American religions, the so-called ‘Pachamama.’”
Bishop Schneider also pointed out that the Pope “has even justified” the presence of these pagan idols in the Catholic church in Traspontina, and that “he has apologized” for their being removed from there and being thrown into the Tiber river.
“Such conduct of the highest Church authority which does not only not forbid the symbols of pagan religions and their worship, but, rather, even justifies them, causes a great damage for the salvation of souls, because thereby the First Commandment is being undermined and in practical terms is being rescinded,” Schneider said.
“Therefore,” he added, “the public appeal in question is an act of profession of faith and of a fraternal warning against a great danger to the salvation of souls, and it is therefore finally an act of true charity.”
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