The seminar titled “Synod of the Amazon: Contributions from Sustainable Development” was held in Manaus, capital of the State of Amazonas, between March 7 and 8 with the participation, among others, of His Eminence Cardinal Cláudio Hummes and the Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo.
In his opening address, His Eminence Cardinal Hummes told the small audience there:
“It is not a matter of politically changing the region, although it is a region that is part of nine countries; but of course we are not thinking about any type of new country or region, as the Church does not enter politically into this matter. As you know, there has been talk of a project of the… Colombian anthropologist Martin von Hildebrand who speaks of an ecological corridor for the natives. But the Church has never dealt with this subject nor will she address it.”
The least anyone who has read the newspaper El Espectador (September 17, 2017) or visited the website of Instituto Humanitas UNISINOS could do is to smile…
How does the Church “not enter into this”? How can His Eminence explain that Archbishop Sánchez Sorondo has twice received the radical green activist Martin von Hildebrand to talk about exactly that Triple A Corridor (or Anaconda Path), a large area involving territories of eight countries, which has the Brazilian government worried?
Has the Church “never addressed this matter”? What must Archbishop Sorondo, sitting next to the Cardinal, have thought when he heard this statement?
These questions may well go unanswered…