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