Married Priests Barely Pass. Women Deacons Flunk. The Criticisms of a Synod Father

The synod for the Amazon ended its work today, October 26, with a point-by-point vote on the concluding document. But this document has no normative effect whatsoever. It was simply handed over to Pope Francis so that he may decide what is to be done, and write it in a post-synodal exhortation expected in the

Pan Amazon or Pistoia Synod?

Perhaps for fear of Cardinals Brandmüller, Müller, and Burke, and not to prove Bishop Athanasius Schneider right, the Vatican judged it prudent to remove the Pachamama statue from the closing Mass of the Special Assembly of the Synod for the Pan Amazon Region. Perhaps for the same reason, the scandalous pantheistic references of the Instrumentum

A Clear Word on the Amazon: Interview with Jonas Marcolino Macuxi

False myths and true lies about the condition of the indigenous peoples of the Amazon and their predicament are circulating as never before. Perhaps the most correct and intelligent thing to do would be to listen to the voice of those directly involved, without interposed media. We are fortunate to be able to do so

The Amazon Synod and the Utopia of Poverty

Catholic doctrine teaches that both poverty and wealth are means that can serve to reach our main goal, which is eternal salvation. For this reason, the  Church does not condemn the fact of being rich or poor, but only people’s attachment to riches and contempt of poverty, attitudes at odds with the first Commandment of

Three Key Paragraphs of Amazon Synod’s Final Document

Full texts of the propositions relating to the ordination of married men, a female diaconate and an Amazonian rite, their voting numbers, plus some brief observations. Here below are the texts of the three most controversial and discussed matters of the synod which wraps up on Sunday (Vatican working translation). Female Diaconate 103. In the

Ecuador Joins the Crusade for a Catholic and Prosperous Amazon

Previous Next From September 13-16, volunteers and friends of the Ecuadorian organization Blessed Pius IX Circle and of Brazil’s Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira Institute joined in a campaign that started in Brazil and extended to several Amazonian countries. Collecting signatures for a petition asking for “A Catholic and Prosperous Amazon,” they toured most capitals of

Key Amazon Synod organizer: Final document ‘already written’ but ‘no one knows’ who authored it

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A key organizer of the Amazon Synod has confirmed that the final document is “already written,” but has said that “no one knows” who wrote it. In comments to LifeSite outside the Synod Hall on Tuesday evening, Austrian-born Bishop Emeritus Erwin Kräutler of Xingu, Brazil, who is regarded as the principal author of the synod’s

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

Amazon Synod participants must stop pretending pagan ‘Pachamama’ is OK

Quite a lot of what is happening at the Synod on the Amazon right now in Rome is shrouded in mystery, since the press is not being allowed to see the texts of synod addresses — even those of Pope Francis. We are left to contemplate the outward spectacle, which started with a strange tree-planting