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?

Festival du Chamanisme 2017

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