Two Synods: One on the Amazon, One in Germany

Two synods are beginning that will have serious consequences for the unity of the Church. The first is called “Amazon Synod,” but it is public knowledge that its organization, funding and participants largely come from the German world. The other “synod” begins on the first Sunday of Advent, that is, December 1. It will take

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

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: Commenting Strictly on the Instrumentum Laboris’ Statements on Climate and Ecology

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Numbers refer to items of the original document. “9. The Amazon River basin and the surrounding tropical forests nourish the soil and regulate, through the recycling of moisture, the cycles of water, energy and carbon at the planetary level. The Amazon River alone sends 15% of the total fresh water of the planet every year into

Cardinal Urosa: The Omissions of the Instrumentum laboris

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October is approaching, and with it the Amazon Synod so desired by Pope Francis, which has aroused harsh accusations and controversies. Venezuela is one of the nine South American countries that own this vast territory now more than ever at the center of the global debate. It is, therefore, necessary to listen to a respected

Note to Vatican Enviro-Boosters: The Amazon Is Pretty Awful

“Gatherers and hunters par excellence.” That phrase from the Amazon Synod’s solemn-sounding Instrumentum Laboris is hard to let go. Its glittering fatuity is the keynote of a Vatican syllabus for a theologized pre-industrial age in communion with “the identity of the cosmos.” A neo-neolithic age. It is impossible to think the bishops believe their own cant. Max Scheler’s

Promoted by Pre-Synod Documents: Spiritual Refuge for Modernized Indians, or Lifesaver for Urbanites Having an Existential Crisis?

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Cardinal Baldisseri There is no doubt that the Synod on the Pan Amazon region will have a universal dimension. So say its organizers. “One writes ‘Amazon’ and reads ‘world,’” is how the Osservatore Romano summarized various interventions by Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary of the Synod of Bishops, and Cardinal Claudio Hummes, rapporteur of the coming

Long Live the Aboriginal Peoples’ Unproductivity!

Those already of a certain age remember the propaganda in favor of agrarian reform in various Latin American countries in the sixties, and later the arguments put forward by Marxists and leftist Catholics in the clerical and civil spheres. The refrain then used to drag countries into this insane project was always the same: Landowners

The Instrumentum Laboris for the Amazon Synod Condemns Private Property and Exalts Poverty

The serious and just accusations made against the Instrumentum Laboris (IL) for the Amazon Synod have focused on the fact that its text is contrary to the Tradition of the Church and the teachings of Revelation. However, there is a central aspect in the drafting of the IL that has not been sufficiently considered:  Its

The Synod of Great Ruptures

The “new civilization,” dreamed up by the organizers of the Amazon Synod, rejects the city, preferring the jungle; rejects politics, preferring ecology; rejects the law, preferring the primitive situation of indigenous tribes. Cardinal Walter Brandmüller has described the Synod’s working document as “heretical” and “apostate,” and it breaks with the traditional teaching of the Church

From Liberation Theology to Ecofeminist Theology A Revolution Entrenched in the Church (V)

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“Divinities, Rites and Cults” of Ecofeminist Theology The Instrumentum Laboris for the Synod on the Amazon refers in different places to the concept of divinity that indigenous peoples possess and to the rites they employ to worship that divinity and its connections with the earth. We thus find it useful to transcribe below another chapter