This edition of CF NEWS No.2304 posted at 12.44 pm on Sunday, November 3rd, 2019



Amazon Synod I ~ Final Mass: no Pachamama statues, Pope slams critics    VIDEO    read more >>>
Amazon Synod II ~ Cdl. Müller criticizes key Synod organizer
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Amazon Synod III ~ Bp. Schneider condemns Pachamama statue as 'new golden calf'
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Amazon Synod IV ~ Vatican drops women'ministries' from English version of doc
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Amazon Synod V ~ Catholic world rejects globalist Synod
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Amazon Synod VI~ If 'pagan' rites are part of synod, they're still 'worship of God'
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Amazon Synod VII~ LifeSiteNews reporter slams Synod final document
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Amazon Synod VIII ~ Who wrote the Synod's final document?
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Amazon Synod IX ~ Cdl. Müller warns against rise of 'old paganism'
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Amazon Synod X ~ Pope on Pachamamas retrieved from Tiber River
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Amazon Synod XI ~ 'Humanly speaking, it must be said: It's over'
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Amazon Synod XII ~ 6 points on which post synodal exhortation is already written    read more >>>
Amazon Synod XIII ~ Dubia cardinal praises men who threw Pachamamas in Tiberread more >>>
Amazon Synod XIV ~ Pope Francis settles for three-quarters of a loaf read more >>>
Amazon Synod XV ~ 3 Cardinals, 3 bishops condemn pagan ‘Pachamama’ rituals read more >>>
Amazon Synod XVI ~ The Synod, the spirit of Pachamama and Elijah   read more >>>
Amazon Synod XVII ~ The final document reviewed    VIDEO    read more >>>
Amazon Synod XVIII ~ Bishop Schneider praises removal of Pachamama   VIDEO    read more >>>
Amazon Synod XIX ~ Ritual Pachamama bowl on St. Peter’s altar at closing Synod Mass   read more >>>
Amazon Synod XX ~ Synod means ‘end of Tridentine Church’: French Catholic newspaper  read more >>>
Amazon Synod XXI - Bp.Kräutler calls for Pachamama to be ‘integrated’ into the liturgy    read more >>>
Cardinal Burke: 'See of Peter appears to favour the confusion'    VIDEO    read more >>>
Papal interviewer: 'So many bishops' disagree with Francis but are 'afraid' to say so
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Plenary Indulgence for the first full week in November read more >>>


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BRAZIL Bishop condemns Vatican gardens Pachamama' ritual
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ITALY Bishops' mission org publishes 'prayer to Pachamama' in official booklet
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Effete and Compromising Bishops
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Amazon Synod I

Synod final Mass: no Pachamama statues, Pope slams critics



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Amazon Synod II

Cardinal Müller criticizes key Synod organizer: 'Some people don't understand what is a dogma'

MAIKE HICKSON reports for LifeSiteNews - In an October 24 interview with EWTN's Raymond Arroyo, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, former prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, criticized some statements made by Bishop Erwin Kräutler, one of the prominent actors at the recently concluded Amazon Synod in Rome.

Bishop Kräutler recently stated in a new book that all the points that he presented to Pope Francis in a private audience in 2014 have been included in the Amazon Synod's discussions. Among these points was the married male priesthood, but also for the female priesthood, which he promoted in two of his books and even during the Amazon Synod.

When Raymond Arroyo asks Cardinal Müller about Kräutler's claim that the Church's ban on the female priesthood is "not a dogma," the German cardinal responded with the words: "Surely this is dogmatic. I think some people don't understand what is a dogma."

"A dogma is not only a formal declaration of the Magisterium," he continued, "but it is also the doctrine of the Church according to the truths of the Revelation, and so many mysteries of our Christian Faith are not dogmatized."

Cardinal Müller pointed out that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith under then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger declared that Pope John Paul II's 1994 document Ordinatio Sacerdotalis stating the ban on female priests is "an infallible document." The document stated that the Church has "no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women and that this judgment is to be definitively held by all the Church's faithful."

Commented Müller: "It does not depend upon the opinion of a certain bishop or theologian to decide what is the importance of a document of the Magisterium."

Later on in the interview, when speaking about the strong influence of some European bishops on the Synod, Cardinal Müller returned on his own initiative to Bishop Kräutler, but without mentioning his name.

"One of these bishops," he continued, "who has never, during his forty years [in Brazil] baptized one of these people [the indigenous] - that is a direct offense against Jesus Christ." Kräutler has been quoted for decades in Austrian media with the words: "I have never in my life baptized an indigenous [person], and I also do not have the intention of ever doing so." This is what Cardinal Müller is referring to in his remarks.

"Baptism has nothing to do with colonialism," the German cardinal explained, but with Jesus Christ who through this sacrament is "giving the grace of childhood of God, so that we become children of God in the Sacrament of Baptism."

"And if a bishop, a successor of the Apostles, is saying 'we don't need baptism,' it is absolutely a contradiction to Jesus Christ, because Jesus Christ sent the apostles and all of their successors to all the world in order to baptize all people, all of the believers in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit," Müller added and then concluded: "Everybody has the right to listen to the Word of God and become healed and to get his salvation in the Faith and in the Sacraments."

During an October 25 presentation of his new book Roman Encounters in Washington, D.C., Cardinal Müller also made a reference to Kräutler and his claim never to have baptized an indigenous. As writer Bree A. Dail reported on Twitter regarding Müller's words: "Bishop Kräutler boasts of not having baptized a single indigenous soul in the Amazon. He also is proposing viri probati (married priests) due to shortage of priests for Mass. How can these people receive the Eucharist if they are not Baptized? It is impossible."

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Amazon Synod III

Bishop Schneider condemns Pachamama statue as 'new golden calf' in open letter

DIANE MONTAGNA reports for LifeSiteNews - Bishop Athanasius Schneider has today issued an open letter forcefully condemning the use of the Pachamama statue at the Amazon Synod in the Vatican.

In the Oct. 26 open letter, Bishop Schneider is also calling on all Catholics - bishops, priests and laity - to offer acts of reparation, protest and correction for the use of the Pachamama statues, which he calls a 'new golden calf.'

Bishop Schneider writes: 'Syncretism and paganism are like poisons entering the veins of the Mystical Body of Christ, the Church.'

He continues: 'As a successor to the Apostles, entrusted with care for God's flock, I cannot remain silent in the face of the blatant violation of God's holy will and the disastrous consequences it will have upon individual souls, the Church as a whole, and indeed the entire human race. It is therefore with great love for the souls of my brothers and sisters that I write this message.'

In comments on Friday, Pope Francis confirmed that several statues of an unclothed pregnant woman - which were used in an Oct. 4 Vatican Gardens ceremony, processed into St. Peter's Basilica and kept at a side altar Church of Santa Maria in Traspontina on the via della Conciliazione - are symbols of the 'Pachamama.' Speaking to bishops and other synod participants in the synod hall, the Pope asked pardon of those who have been offended by the statues being taken from the Traspontina church and thrown into the Tiber River.

Pope Francis informed synod participants that the statues have been recovered from the Tiber and said they may be displayed at the closing Mass of the Synod on Sunday, Oct. 27.

Here below is the full text of the open letter by Bishop Athanasius Schneider.

1. 'You shall have no other gods before Me,' says the Lord God, as the first of the commandments (Ex 20:3). Delivered originally to Moses and the Hebrew people, this command remains valid for all people and all times, as God tells us: 'You shall not carve idols for yourselves in the shape of anything in the sky above or on the earth below or in the waters beneath the earth; you shall not bow down before them or worship them' (Ex 20:4-5). Our Lord Jesus Christ kept this commandment perfectly. When offered the kingdoms of the world if only he would bow to the devil, Jesus responded, 'Begone, Satan! for it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve'' (Mt 4:10; Dt 6:13-14). The example of Christ therefore is of the utmost importance for all people who desire 'the true God and eternal life'; as St. John the Apostle exhorts us: 'Little children, keep yourselves from idols' (1 Jn 5:20-21).

In our day, this message has special importance, for syncretism and paganism are like poisons entering the veins of the Mystical Body of Christ, the Church. As a successor to the Apostles, entrusted with care for God's flock, I cannot remain silent in the face of the blatant violation of God's holy will and the disastrous consequences it will have upon individual souls, the Church as a whole, and indeed the entire human race. It is therefore with great love for the souls of my brothers and sisters that I write this message.

2. On October 4, 2019, on the eve of the Amazon Synod, a religious ceremony was held in the Vatican Gardens, in the presence of Pope Francis and of several bishops and cardinals, which was led partly by shamans and in which symbolic objects were used; namely, a wooden sculpture of an unclothed pregnant woman. These representations are known and belong to indigenous rituals of Amazonian tribes, and specifically to the worship of the so-called Mother Earth, the Pachamama.In the following days the wooden naked female figures were also venerated in St. Peter's Basilica in front of the Tomb of St. Peter. Pope Francis also greeted two bishops carrying the Pachamama object on their shoulders processing it into the Synod Hall where it was set in a place of honor. Pachamama statues were also put on display in the church of Santa Maria in Traspontina.

In response to outcries from the Catholic faithful regarding these rites and the use of these statues, Vatican spokesmen and members of committees of the Amazon Synod downplayed or denied the evident religious syncretistic character of the statues.Their answers, however, were evasive and contradictory; they were acts of intellectual acrobatics and denials of obvious evidence.

The American visual media company 'Getty Images' made an official press photograph of this ritual with this description: 'Pope Francis and Cardinal Cardinal Cláudio Hummes, Archbishop Emeritus of São Paulo, President of the Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network (REPAM), stand in front of a statue representing Pachamama (Mother Earth).' Rev. Paulo Suess, a participant in the Amazon Synod, left no doubt as to the pagan character of the ceremonies with the wooden images in the Vatican Gardens and dared even to welcome pagan rites, saying: 'Even if this was a pagan rite, it is nevertheless a pagan worship of God. One cannot dismiss paganism as nothing' (October 17, Vatican News interview). In an official statement, on October 21, the Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network (REPAM) condemned the heroic act of the gentlemen who had thrown the wooden images into the Tiber as an act of 'religious intolerance.' They thereby unmasked the lies and tricks with which they denied the religious character of the venerated wooden images. Volunteers of the Carmelite Church Santa Maria in Traspontina, where the wooden statues were displayed, corroborated this statement, saying: 'The [carved] mother that I brought from Brazil … that was in the procession, well, we brought it from Brazil. It was done by an indigenous artist, and we asked him for a piece of art that would symbolize all of that connection of Mother Earth, of women, the feminine aspect of God, that God is the one who protects and nourishes life,' she said, calling it both a symbol of 'Mother Earth' and the 'Pachamama.'

Objective sources note that the Pachamama is an object of veneration, a goddess to which some Bolivians sacrifice llamas, an earth deity worshipped by some Peruvians, rooted in pagan Incan beliefs and practices.

3. Catholics cannot accept any pagan worship, nor any syncretism between pagan beliefs and practices and those of the Catholic Church. The acts of worship of kindling a light, of bowing, of prostrating or profoundly bowing to the ground and dancing before an unclothed female statue, which represents neither Our Lady nor a canonized saint of the Church, violates the first Commandments of God: 'You shall have no other gods before Me' and the explicit prohibition of God, who commands: 'Beware lest you lift up your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun and the moon and the stars, all the host of heaven, you be drawn away and worship them and serve them, things which the Lord your God has allotted to all the peoples under the whole heaven' (Dt 4:19), and: 'You shall make for yourselves no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall you set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the Lord your God' (Lev 26:1).

The Apostles prohibited even the slightest allusions or ambiguity in regard to acts of venerating idols: 'And what agreement has the temple of God with idols?' (2 Cor, 6:15-16), and 'Flee from idolatry. The things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that you should have fellowship with devils. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: you cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils. Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he?' (1 Cor 10:16, 21-22).

St. Paul, without doubt, would say to all who actively participated in the acts of veneration of Pachamama statues, which symbolize material or creatural things, these words: 'But now, after that you have known God, or rather are known by God: how turn you again to the weak and needy elements, which you desire to serve again?' (Gal 4:9). The pagans, indeed, worshipped the elements as though they were living things. And observing the syncretistic or at least highly ambiguous religious acts in the Vatican's Gardens, in St. Peter's Basilica and in the church of Santa Maria in Traspontina, St. Paul would say: 'They worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever' (Rom 1:25).

All true Catholics, who still have the spirit of the Apostles and of the Christian martyrs, should weep and say about the pagan ceremonies which took place in the Eternal City of Rome, paraphrasing the words of Psalm 79:1: 'O God, the heathen have come into thine inheritance; thy holy city of Rome have they defiled; they have laid Rome in ruins'

4. The uninterrupted tradition of the Church avoided the slightest ambiguities or collaborations with idolatrous acts. The explanations which were given by Vatican spokesmen and by persons connected with the Amazon Synod, in order to justify the religious veneration of the wooden figure of a pregnant naked woman, were very similar to the arguments given by the pagans in the time of the Fathers of the Church, as reported by St. Athanasius. St. Athanasius refuted the pseudo-arguments of the pagans, and his refutations apply fully to the justifications given by Vatican authorities. St. Athanasius said: 'They will boast that they worship and serve, not mere stocks and stones and forms of men and irrational birds and creeping things and beasts, but the sun and moon and all the heavenly universe, and the earth, deifying thereby the creation' (Contra Gentiles, 21, 1-3) and: 'They will combine all together, as constituting a single body, and will say that the whole is God' (Contra Gentiles, 28, 2). 'Instead of the real and true God they deified things that were not, serving the creature rather than the Creator (see Rom. 1:25), thus involving themselves in foolishness and impiety' (Contra Gentiles, 47, 2).

The second-century apologist Athenagoras said about the veneration of material elements by pagans: 'They deify the elements and their several parts, applying different names to them at different times. They say that Kronos is time, and Rhea the earth, and that she becomes pregnant by Kronos, and brings forth, whence she is regarded as the mother of all. Missing to discover the greatness of God, and not being able to rise on high with their reason (for they have no affinity for the heavenly place), they pine away among the forms of matter, and rooted to the earth, deify the changes of the elements' (Apol. 22).

The following words of the Second Council of Nicaea are fully applicable to all churchmen, who supported the above mentioned syncretistic religious acts in Rome: 'Many pastors have destroyed my vine, they have defiled my portion. For they followed unholy men and trusting to their own frenzies they calumniated the holy Church, which Christ our God has espoused to himself, and they failed to distinguish the holy from the profane, asserting that the icons of our Lord and of his saints were no different from the wooden images of satanic idols.'

As established by the Second Council of Nicaea, the Church permits the veneration with exterior gestures of worship such as bowing, kissing and blessing, no other symbols, pictures, or statues but 'the icons of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ, that of our Lady the Theotokos, those of the venerable angels and those of all saintly people. Whenever these representations are contemplated, they will cause those who look at them to commemorate and love their prototype.'

5. Believers in the One True God have always worked to eliminate worship of false gods, and to remove their images from the midst of God's holy people. When Hebrews bowed before the statue of the Golden Calf-encouraged and abetted by the high clergy-God condemned such acts. His servant Moses also condemned these acts of 'welcoming and tolerance' towards the local indigenous divinities of those times and ground the statue to powder and scattered it on the water (see Ex. 32:20). Similarly, the Levites were commended for stopping all who worshipped the golden calf (Ex 32:20,29). Throughout the ages, true Catholics also have worked to overthrow the 'powers of this present darkness' (Eph 6:12), and the veneration of images that represent them.

Amid the consternation and shock over the abomination perpetrated by the syncretistic religious acts in the Vatican, the entire Church and the world has witnessed a highly meritorious, courageous and praiseworthy act of some brave Christian gentlemen, who on October 21 expelled the wooden idolatrous statues from the Church of Santa Maria in Traspontina in Rome, and threw them into the Tiber. Like a new 'Maccabees' they acted in the spirit of the holy wrath of Our Lord, who expelled the merchants from the temple of Jerusalem with a whip. The gestures of these Christian men will be recorded in the annals of Church history as a heroic act which brought glory to the Christian name, while the acts of high-ranking churchmen, on the contrary, who defiled the Christian name in Rome, will go down in history as cowardly and treacherous acts of ambiguity and syncretism.

Pope St. Gregory the Great, in a letter to St. Aethelbert, the first Christian king of England, exhorts him to destroy idolatrous images: 'Suppress the worship of idols; overthrow their buildings and shrines' (Bede, Ecclesiastical History, Book I).

St. Boniface, the Apostle of Germany, felled by his own hand an oak dedicated to the idol Thor or Donar, which was not only a religious, but also a symbol of the protection of soldiers, of vegetation and even of fertility of the indigenous culture of the Germanic tribes.

St. Vladimir, the first Christian prince in Kiev, went on to have the wooden idols he had erected, torn down and hacked to pieces. The wooden statue of the chief pagan God, Perun, he cast into the River Dnieper. This act of St. Vladimir is very reminiscent of the heroic act of those Christian gentlemen, who on October 21, 2019, threw the wooden statues of the pagan indigenous culture of Amazonian tribes into the Tiber River.

If the actions of Moses, of Our Lord Jesus Christ in violently expelling the merchants from the Temple, of St. Boniface and of St. Vladimir had taken place in our times, the Vatican spokesmen would surely have condemned them as acts of religious and cultural intolerance and theft.

6. The sentence of the Abu Dhabi document, which reads: 'The pluralism and the diversity of religions, color, sex, race and language are willed by God in His wisdom' found its practical realization in the Vatican ceremonies of the veneration of wooden statues, which represent pagan divinities or indigenous cultural symbols of fertility. It was the logical practical consequence of the Abu Dhabi statement.

7. In view of the requirements of the authentic worship and adoration of the One True God, the Most Blessed Trinity, and Christ Our Savior, in virtue of my ordination as a Catholic bishop and successor to the Apostles, and in true fidelity and love for the Roman Pontiff, the Successor of Peter, and for his task to preside over the 'Cathedra of the truth' (cathedra veritatis), I condemn the veneration of the pagan symbol of Pachamama in the Vatican Gardens, in St. Peter's basilica, and in the Roman church of Santa Maria in Traspontina.

It would be good for all true Catholics, first and foremost bishops and then also priests and lay faithful, to form a worldwide chain of prayers and acts of reparation for the abomination of the veneration of wooden idols perpetrated in Rome during the Amazon Synod. Faced with such an evident scandal, it is impossible that a Catholic bishop would remain silent, it would be unworthy of a successor of the Apostles. The first in the Church who should condemn such acts and do reparation is Pope Francis.

The honest and Christian reaction to the dance around the Pachamama, the new Golden Calf, in the Vatican should consist in a dignified protest, a correction of this error, and above all in acts of reparation.

With tears in one's eyes and with sincere sorrow in the heart, one should offer to God prayers of intercession and reparation for the eternal salvation of the soul of Pope Francis, the Vicar of Christ on earth, and the salvation of those Catholic priests and faithful who perpetrated such acts of worship, which are forbidden by Divine Revelation. One could propose for this aim the following prayer:

'Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, receive through the hands of the Immaculate Mother of God and Ever Virgin Mary from our contrite heart a sincere act of reparation for the acts of worship of wooden idols and symbols, which occurred in Rome, the Eternal City and the heart of the Catholic world, during the Synod for the Amazon. Pour out in the heart of Our Holy Father Pope Francis, of the Cardinals, of the Bishops, of the priests and lay faithful, your Spirit, who will expel the darkness of the minds, so that they might recognize the impiety of such acts, which offended your Divine majesty and offer to you public and private acts of reparation.

Pour out in all members of the Church the light of the fulness and beauty of the Catholic Faith. Enkindle in them the burning zeal of bringing the salvation of Jesus Christ, true God and true man, to all men, especially to the people in the Amazon region, who still are enslaved in the service of feeble material and perishable things, as they are the deaf and mute symbols and idols of 'mother earth', to all people and especially to the people of the Amazonian tribes, who do not have the liberty of the children of God, and who do not have the unspeakable happiness to know Jesus Christ and to have in Him part in the life of your Divine nature.

Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, you the one true God, besides Whom there is no other god and no salvation, have mercy on your Church. Look especially upon the tears and the contrite and humble sighs of the little ones in the Church, look upon the tears and prayers of the little children, of the adolescents, of young men and young women, of the fathers and mothers of family and also of the true Christian heroes, who in their zeal for your glory and in their love for Mother Church threw in the water the symbols of abomination which defiled her. Have mercy on us: spare us, O Lord, parce Domine, parce Domine! Have mercy on us: Kyrie eleison!'

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Amazon Synod IV

Vatican leaves out call for women's 'ministries' from English version of Amazon Synod's final doc

DOROTHY CUMMINGS McLEAN reports for LifeSiteNews - An explosive suggestion for a new ministry for women has been left out of the 'unofficial' working English translation of the Final Document of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazonian region.

In Paragraph 102 of the document, the original Spanish reads: Pedimos revisar el Motu Proprio de San Pablo VI, Ministeria quedam [sic], para que también mujeres adecuadamente formadas y preparadas puedan recibir los ministerios del Lectorado y el Acolitado, entre otros a ser desarrollados. (We ask that you review the Motu Propio of St. Paul VI, Ministeria quaedam, so that appropriately trained and prepared women may also receive the ministries of Lector and Acolyte, among others to be developed.)

This section cannot be found in the 'unofficial' working translation given to journalists during an Oct. 26 Vatican press conference.

In the English translation Paragraph 102 reads:

'Faced with the reality suffered by women who are victims of physical, moral and religious violence, including femicide, the Church commits to the defence of their rights and recognizes them as protagonists and guardians of creation and of our 'common home' . We recognize the ministry that Jesus reserved for women. It is necessary to promote the formation of women in biblical theology, systematic theology, canon law, valuing their presence in organizations and leadership within and outside the ecclesial environment. We want to strengthen family ties, especially for migrant women. We secure your place in leadership and formation. [Missing text] In the new contexts of evangelization and pastoral ministry in the Amazon, where the majority of Catholic communities are led by women, we ask for the institution of ministry for 'woman leadership of the community' be created and recognized within the service of the changing demands of evangelization and community care.'

There is no explanation for dropping the text concerning women being 'properly trained and prepared to recieve' the ministries. However, there may have been concern about criticism from conservative elements in the English-speaking Churches. Traditionally the offices of Lector and Acolyte were received by men on their way to being ordained to the diaconate and then to the priesthood.

The four 'Minor Orders' a future priest received were Porter, Lector (or Reader), Exorcist, and Acolyte. These were followed by the three 'Major Orders': Subdeacon, Deacon, and the Holy Priesthood.

LifeSiteNews has reached out to the Press Office of the Holy See for comment.

Although the Minor Orders were abolished in most Catholic communities, they have been retained by traditional Catholic priestly orders such as the Fraternity of the Priests of Saint Peter (FSSP) and the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX).

When asked what this new 'woman community leader' ministry was, as indicated in paragraph 102, Bishop David Martínez de Aguirre Guinea admitted that this had not been well-defined in the document.

'In many Amazonian communities women are those who, in fact, lead the communities and they are the coordinators... and we pastors feel that there are some gaps in recognizing the roles of women,' he said.

Martínez explained that men's roles as clergy are recognized and so there is a 'gap' in the recognition between their roles and those performed by 'so many' women in the Amazon.

'Maybe we haven't defined it well, but the Pope is asking for us to be creative in these ministries that have already been created,' he said.

Cardinal Michael Czerny, the other episcopal panelist in the Oct. 26 press conference, added that one potential ministry for women was an 'ecological ministry.'

The role of women in leadership and ministry in the Amazon has been a dominant theme during the Synod. Thirty-five women took part in the three-week long gathering, listening and giving testimony in what one female observer called 'very active participation.'

Sister Inés Azucena Zambrano Jara of the Missionary Sisters of Immaculate Mary and St. Catherine of Sienna stated yesterday that the women invited to the Synod sometimes called themselves the 'Mothers of the Synod.'

'As for our participation as women, I believe it was a very active participation,' Sr. Inés said.

'We felt responsible throughout the synod. So, there were times when we heard and said to ourselves 'Mothers of the Synod,'' she continued.

'I don't know if that can be said. But that's how we felt; that's how we lived it.'

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Amazon Synod V

Catholic world rejects globalist Synod

REMNANT editor Michael J. Matt discusses the real agenda of the Amazon Synod.

It's not women deacons, it's not worshiping little toy idols and it has nothing to do with listening to the indigenous peoples of the Amazon.

So, what's it really all about? Something so big and so evil and so ancient that it can only be described as apocalyptic.

Plus, who threw the Pachamama statues into the Tiber? The answer to the biggest mystery of the Amazon Synod may surprise you.

And, finally, Team Francis ceremoniously carried Pachamama back into the heart of Christendom, into the Basilica of St Peter itself, literally on the shoulders of princes of the Church.

But here's the question: Who replaced Pachamama in the lives of the indigenous peoples 500 years ago when Spanish and Portuguese missionaries brought Christ to the New World? Why was the Empress of the Americas summarily ignored at the Amazon Synod?

(HINT: The answer has everything to do with the United Nations and the Sustainable Development Goals for our 'common home'.)



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Amazon Synod VI

If 'pagan' rites are part of synod, they're still 'worship of God': synod working document writer

MAIKE HICKSON reports for LifeSiteNews ~ The key author of the Amazon Synod's working document, Fr. Paulo Suess, has just given an interview to Vatican News, in which he discussed the heavily criticized pagan ceremonies that have been taking place in the last two weeks in the Vatican, and conducted also in the presence of Pope Francis. With regard to the claim that some of the ceremonies with the Pope were pagan, Suess said 'so what. Even if it would have been a pagan rite, then it is nevertheless a pagan worship of God.

The German priest and theological advisor of the controversial Brazilian bishops' indigenous council CIMI is known to have been the key author of the synod's working document. His key role also stems from the fact that he is a close collaborator of Bishop Erwin Kräutler, with whom he went to the historic April 4, 2014 private audience with Pope Francis. According to Kräutler it was actually Suess who immediately talked with the Pope about the lack of priests in the Amazon region, whereupon Pope Francis asked the men to make some 'bold proposals.' The Amazon Synod appears to be a final outcome of that 2014 private audience.

In his new October 17 Vatican News interview, Fr. Suess - who is a professor of missiology in Sao Paolo, Brazil - was asked about the fact that many Catholics were outraged at the display of Pagan ceremonies in the context of the Amazon Synod. He states that 'in certain media, there is palpable a certain mood against the synod. When during the opening ceremony the Pope picked us and the indigenous up at St. Peter's,' he continued, 'there was to be seen also a canoe boat. And then someone wrote that this is a pagan rite.' Inside the canoe was a carved wooden statue that has been the center of controversy that critics say is the 'Pachamama' fertility idol.

'So what,' was Suess's personal response. 'Even if it would have been a pagan rite, then it is nevertheless a pagan worship of God.'

Interestingly, Vatican News, in its somewhat sloppy transcription of Suess' oral words, omitted here the word 'pagan,' claiming Suess said that it is nevertheless a 'worship of God.'

Continued Suess: 'A rite always has something to do with worship of God. One cannot dismiss the pagan [rite] as nothing. What is pagan? In our big cities, we are not less pagan than those there in the jungle. One should reflect upon this.'

In additional comments that are only to be seen on the video that is attached to the Vatican News report, Paulo Suess referred to Pope Francis saying about the Amazon region that 'he has this reality clearly in front of his eyes, and that is why it came to the Amazon Synod, and he supports it.'

'He is asking for courageous proposals,' Suess continued. 'Courageous proposals are that morally proven leaders of a parish, that they will be given the authority for the Eucharistic celebration, that those who have done - or do - there the pastoral work - and in most cases, they are women - that they will be sacramentally included into the Church's leadership, into the leadership of a parish.'

This way, explains the priest, the women could do the work 'not because the priest is not available, but because they have been tasked with it.'

'This would be of course also a big thing for the Universal Church,' Suess states, and recalls that the synod's working document explains that the Amazon is a 'pars pro toto.' That is to say, 'at one place, there is going to practiced something that can be important for the Universal Church.'

But Suess does not want to wait 'until the Universal Church makes a decision with regard to the viri probati or the mulieres probatae [morally proven women], but, rather, one has to try it out first at one particular place.'

The priest further quoted the Pope as saying that the next phase of the synod will be the 'decentralization, in the dioceses, the decisions that are being taken here then have to be again inculturated.' The implementation of these decisions 'will not be the same everywhere,' he explained. Further referring to the Pope's words, Suess said that there should be an 'Amazonian face,' which means 'inculturation.' Against all new forms of 'neo-colonialism,' there should be an adaptation to 'what we find in the culture,' Suess said. There is not one culture 'that is valid for all.'

Suess suggested that the indigenous culture 'will become more and more important,' if 'our civilization does not destroy it. Where there are indigenous people, the forests are not being cut down,' he explained, adding that 'our own Western civilization is coming to an end' with regard to the protection of nature. 'A happy ascetical way of living' would be good for all of us, according to Suess.

Suess also praised the spirituality of the indigenous peoples. Once, he recalled, when the Brazilian parliament wanted to make a law against the rights of the indigenous with regard to owning land, they 'performed their spiritual dance, several of the tribes together, around the parliament, and then suddenly the light went off.' Since there was no light in the building anymore, the politicians could not pass the new contested law, Suess explained.

'We have often cases where the mysticism, the practiced spirituality intervenes in very concrete things,' Suess added. 'Today, we understand this better with our quantum physics that our thoughts and that which is in our hearts, that this has a great influence upon the physical reality.'

Commenting on the display of indigenous symbols at the Synod and in Rome, Paulo Suess said that 'one cannot copy that, one can only understand it in context.' It is thus for him important to understand these symbols in the context of the individual culture.

'As to the sacraments,' Suess continued, 'every people has its own sacraments, a baptismal right when the child is born, then the passage into the adulthood, that is where the indigenous have very strict rites [which he compares with tortures],' and then 'they also have their rites for the dead.'

It is striking that Suess uses the Catholic term Sacrament here in the context of pagan rites.

Moreover, Suess also argued that the indigenous people have very different ideas about time, the Eucharist, and children. The indigenous, according to him, spend much more time with their children than the people in the West, and their religious ceremonies take hours and include dancing and singing. The same applies to the Holy Eucharist.

'What the synod decides regarding the presence of the Eucharist,' Suess commented, 'is dependent upon what the presence of the Eucharist means to us.'

Here he quoted Cardinal Christoph Schönborn who told him 'that in his city [Vienna], there are too many Masses on Sunday. That is for them a blessing, a gift, but then they also have to think about the question what it means for them.' Suess fears that here, the people do not value the Eucharist anymore.

'One thus should first listen to what the synod will bring forth, and perhaps this could also be a profit for the faithful in Europe,' Suess explained.

As LifeSiteNews has reported, Suess favours married priests and also of female priests.

He has also said that he regards the indigenous as the 'revolutionary agents in South America,' implying that he sees their role in helping to promote a change in society.

In an interview posted on the official Vatican website for the Amazon Synod, Suess once stated: 'In the end, we want to build a new society, because this capitalist society, this killing system, does not work, as Pope Francis says. How can we be announcers of life? We must change society. Who are we going to do it with? With Amazonian peoples, with indigenous people, with young people. Are we willing to build a less unequal society? That is why we have to strengthen the new paths.'

Suess is also adversely critical of the traditional missionary activity of the Catholic Church in South America. He claimed this year: 'We do not have the right to proselytize, to belittle the religion of the other or to entice [others] to conversions. The people themselves must resolve which one is the best religion for this historical moment.'

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Amazon Synod VII

LifeSiteNews reporter slams Amazon Synod final document

IN a new video, LifeSite's Claire Chretien blasts the Amazon Synod final document's call for an official women's 'ministry' at Mass, explaining why this is problematic and unbiblical.



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Amazon Synod VIII

Who wrote the Synod's final document? Does the shadow know?

CHRISTOPHRR A. FERRARA writes for Fatima Perspectives ~ 'Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!' Thus spake the anonymous narrator of the famed radio series The Detective Hour in the 1930s.

Who knows who wrote the Final Document of the Synod on the Amazon? Pope Francis knows! But according to Bishop Erwin Kräutler, the radically neo-Neomodernist open proponent of women 'priests' and a key player at the Synod, 'no one knows' who wrote the draft of the Final Document. Nevertheless, it is ready for the Synod Fathers - excuse me, the 'voice of the Spirit' - to express pro forma approval for what was surely decided and written even before this absurd and blasphemous sham got underway.

Christopher Lamb, writing for The Tablet, reports that his sources confirm that 'a proposal to ordain women deacons has made it into the final document of the Amazon synod' and 'that the question of ordaining married men as priests has made it into the final document, although this proposal was in the synod's working text.'

Whoever finds this news surprising must have just awakened from a six-year-long coma. Francis long ago telegraphed his modus operandi for getting what he wants: announce a Synod, hint at its predetermined outcome, and then shamelessly declare that 'the Spirit' will appear in the synod hall to inspire the latest revelation of the God of Surprises. Only the imbecilically credulous could be taken in by this repeated con job. They are not even trying to be convincing.

So, at this moment in Rome, a group of ecclesiastical hucksters, led by the papal equivalent of a Peronist party boss, is preparing to announce yet another rupture with Tradition. Of course, the rupture will not actually be mandated for the universal Church. As with all the post-conciliar novelties, the female faux diaconate and the married priesthood will be proffered as merely options to be 'studied' and decided upon by local bishops. The exception that will soon swallow the rule will be swathed in pious rhetoric about 'the gift of celibacy,' just as the permission to admit certain public adulterers to Holy Communion was couched in glowing praise for the indissolubility of marriage.

The Modernist as Reformer, to recall the title given to him by Pope Saint Pius X, always proceeds by affirming what he denies even as he works to deny what he affirms. Which is to say, the Modernist is a liar and a fraud, just as this Synod, like the others Francis has convoked, is a lie and a fraud.

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? God, not the Shadow, knows. It is for Him to judge the hearts of the perpetrators of this outrage when their particular judgment comes. Perhaps they are so deluded as to think they are serving the good of whatever they think the Church is in their delusional state. Only God knows.

It is for us, however, to resist, reject, repudiate and seek to reverse the errors of this pontificate in every way that is open to us according to our stations. A good example of Catholic action in this regard is the removal of the obscene statues of the pagan goddess Pachamama, the veritable icon of this revolting Synod, from the Church of Santa Maria in Traspontina by Catholics who would not tolerate this sacrilege any longer and tossed the idols into the Tiber. A small but very telling symbolic gesture. The secular press has denounced these Catholics as 'ultra-conservative Catholic militants'. The horror of our situation is that we have a Pope who not only would agree, but has said far worse, almost every day for six years, about the faithful Catholics who oppose his subversive designs.

Pray for a miracle, hope for the best, expect the worst, but be certain that sooner or later Our Lord, through the intercession of His Blessed Mother, will restore the human element of the Church to sanity and sweep aside the works of lunatics who think they are visionaries.

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Amazon Synod IX

Cardinal Müller warns against rise of 'old paganism' during Amazon synod

MAIKE HICKSON reports for LifeSiteNews - Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the former prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has declared his approval of a strong critique of the Amazon Synod and its working document which was published by Professor Douglas Farrow in First Things. While praising Farrow's article as 'very fitting,' the Cardinal went on to lament Church leaders who seem not to realize that the borders to the 'old paganism' of 'idolatry and superstition' are currently being crossed.

The Cardinal's comments come after Pope Francis along with indigenous leaders and other high-ranking prelates participated in an Oct. 4 tree-planting ceremony in the Vatican gardens that included people prostrating themselves before a pair of statues of naked pregnant women (Pachamama idols), a ceremony some are calling a 'pagan fertility ritual.'

In his Oct. 17 critique, titled The Amazon Synod is a Sign of the Times, Farrow wrote that, in our times, 'even the faith of the Catholic Church threatens to disappear into the wetlands of our own confused and decaying cultures. Our times are times when eco-theology in the Amazon basin and sexual theologies in the bowels of Europe can, with a 'liberationist' flourish, flush the gospel of Jesus Christ down Leonardo Boff's drain.'

The real danger of our time, he added is 'the Great Apostasy, now several centuries in the making' and now producing a union of people who are 'so powerful' that they can 'elect popes' and conduct 'dirty business in the name of the Church itself.' It is here that Farrow states that the Amazon is not about an encounter with Jesus Christ, but 'with itself and with its own lands.'

After longer passages, in which Farrow agrees with many aspects of Cardinal Müller's own critique of the Amazon Synod's working document (see here, here, and here), the author admits of then going even farther than the cardinal's own learned and polite critique of this document.

Writes Farrow: 'The kairos, the culture of encounter, being lauded in the Pan-Amazon Synod is a Bergoglian kairos and culture. The church 'called to be ever more synodal,' to be 'made flesh' and 'incarnated' in existing cultures, is a Bergoglian church. And this church, not to put too fine a point on it, is not the Catholic Church. It is a false church. It is a self-divinizing church. It is an antichristic church, a substitute for the Word-made-flesh to whom the Catholic Church actually belongs and to whom, as Cardinal Müller insists, it must always give witness if it means to be the Church.'

Cardinal Müller told LifeSiteNews that Farrow's commentary was 'very fitting.'

The German Cardinal went on to comment about how leaders in the Church today seem to have failed in realizing their participation in 'paganism.'

'What a state of affairs it is that not even bishops realize when the border to the old paganism has been crossed,' he commented.

Cardinal Müller compared these times with the emergence of Christian-Gnostic heresies in the 2nd century, pointing to St. Irenaeus of Lyon who fought these heresies and did not hesitate from correcting the Popes of his time.

In light of paganism and Gnosticism re-entering the Catholic Church in these times, the Cardinal stated that Catholics owe unconditional obedience only to God alone and that therefore a critique of a reigning Pope at times is an act of charity toward an ecclesial superior.

In light of the display of pagan symbols (e.g. Pachamamas) in Rome these days, the prelate says: 'The clear distinction between Faith in God and paganism in St. Paul must not be bypassed: Because people 'exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling a mortal human being or birds or four-footed animals or reptiles....they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator.' (Rom. 1:23 seq.)'

It is here that the German prelate warns against idolatry and superstition which is a sin against God because it confuses the Creator with his creation. Müller states that 'the adoration of God is the true theology of liberation from fear, fright, and insecurity which come to us from the material world and our fellow men. And only with the help of the Gospel and Christ's Grace can a culture develop its positive influence and be freed from the power of evil.'

In this sense, Cardinal Müller recalled the words spoken by Saint Peter: 'You are Christ, the Son of the living God.' He stated that God's Revelation is not in need of 'emendations,' adding that such 'would be the worst environmental pollution that would make our planet uninhabitable.'

Cardinal Müller concluded with the piercing words: 'If the Incarnate Word, Who was with God and is God, no longer were to dwell among us and within us, where would there be still any room for us?'



Cardinal Müller's full statement

A very fitting article. Here [in Rome], one does not hear anything. Nothing gets released to the outside, except that there is an immense pressure placed on those who think in an orthodox and Catholic way. What a state of affairs it is that not even bishops realize when the border to the old paganism has been crossed. That is where the true 'conservatives' or 'arch-reactionaries' are, when one interprets these terms in the proper sense of Christ who is the fresh newness of God which cannot be surpassed.

For example, before and during the time of St. Irenaeus of Lyon - who has given to us his five books 'Against Heresies' which are today again highly relevant - some allowed themselves to 'be wrongly captivated by so-called Gnosis. Some who professed it, have erred and gone away from the path of the Faith' (1 Tim 6:21). Irenaeus had earlier spent some time in Rome and had fought there against the Christian-Gnostic heresies. In the 2nd century, he is the most important defender of the Roman Primacy, but that did not hinder him from personally calling upon both Pope Eleutherius and Pope Victor I to choose wiser and more just approaches.

Man is only obliged to obey God inwardly and outwardly, whereas obedience toward ecclesial and civil superiors is merely conditional with regard to their own authority for the community which they lead and for which they are to be held accountable before God. That is why it can be necessary in one's conscience to refuse to obey a concrete order, without thereby putting into question the institution of the ecclesial superiors (Thomas Aquinas, S. Th. II-II q. 104 a. 5). When St. Paul withstood St. Peter - who was hierarchically clearly his superior - to his face, it was not a correctio fraterna in the private realm, but, rather, it was a public defense of the Faith in its fullness and in light of its inward and outward consequences. Since, when it comes to the defense of the Faith, all apostles and bishops have the same responsibilities, St. Paul himself could, as an Apostle, publicly correct the Apostle St. Peter on an equal level, without thereby putting into question his office, which was entrusted to him by Christ. (Thomas Aquinas, S. Th. II-II q. 33 a. 4)

'To think that one is better than one's superior seems to be presumptuous pride. But to consider oneself better in certain respects has nothing to do with presumption, because, in this life, there is no one who does not have any deficiency at all. It should also be noted that the one who admonishes his superior in God's love does not therefore think himself higher (see Ibid, II-II q. 33 a. 4 ad 4); but, rather, he only gives help to the one who, the higher he stands, is in greater danger,' as St. Augustine (Epistle 211) says.'

Let us say only so much with regard to the current fashion of the ignorant ones to divide the Church into two camps - the enemies of the Pope and the friends of the Pope - as if the personal-private relationship with a particular Pope were the basis of the Roman Primacy with respect to the Doctrine of Faith and Morals, and given the hierarchical communio of the bishops with the Pope.

The papacy is of divine right and therefore is not based on the numbers of Facebook-Followers nor on the fickle approval of journalists and opportunists.

The clear distinction between Faith in God and paganism in St. Paul must not be bypassed: Because people 'exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling a mortal human being or birds or four-footed animals or reptiles....they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator.' (Rom. 1:23 seq.)

The adoration of God is the true theology of liberation from fear, fright, and insecurity which come to us from the material world and our fellow men. And only with the help of the Gospel and Christ's Grace can a culture develop its positive influence and be freed from the power of evil.

Objectively, idolatry and superstition are the greatest sins of all, based on a confusion between the Creator and the creature (Thomas Aquinas, S. Th. II-II q. 94 a. 3.), which can only be surpassed by the heresy of those who have already received the true Faith through the proclamation of the Church, in contradistinction to the pagans who, without their own guilt, do not yet know the Gospel.

At St. Peter's tomb, the Catholic religion must always radiate truth and clarity, because this Apostle [Peter], in his followers (together with all the bishops and faithful), answers to the question 'whom do you think I am': 'You are Christ, the Son of the living God.' (Mt 16:16). And this has not been given to him from a dialogue with like-minded people or with himself, but, rather, through the Revelation of the Father by the Son. The Fides Petri [the Faith of Peter] is the foundation of the Catholic Church. The Profession of Faith is not to be always reinvented, adapted at will, or reinterpreted as seems necessary. Faith is the power of the Word of God in the heart of the Church and thus not a fossil of obsolete human thought. Revelation is in Christ forever present in all its fullness in the Faith of the Church. We cannot exhaust this source until He returns at the end of time. But we must also not want to improve it through supposedly necessary human emendations. That would be the worst environmental pollution that would make our planet uninhabitable. If the Incarnate Word, Who was with God and is God, no longer were to dwell among us and within us, where would there be still any room for us?

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Amazon Synod X

Pope Francis says Pachamamas retrieved from Tiber River (Taylor struggles and reflects)

DR. TAYLOR MARSHALL opens his hearts about his struggle with Pope Francis as Francis announces the retrieval of Pachamama Idols from Tiber River. He calls them 'pachamama'.


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Amazon Synod XI

'Humanly speaking, it must be said: It's over .. . The spearheads of modernism are advancing with the Amazon Synod'

THE EPONYMOUS FLOWER reports ~ Don Alfredo Morselli, one of the first signatories of the Correctio filialis against the spread of heresies in September 2017, is a man of clear words. Consecrated as a priest in 1986, he has since celebrated as a diocesan priest uninterrupted in the Immemorial Roman Rite. However, he was removed from teaching as a fundamental theologian, Exegete and Classical Philologist, and had to change the diocese when the climate became too oppressive. He has been incardinated in the Archdiocese of Bologna for more than a quarter of a century. He has remained faithful to his line. Last summer he said he could not rule out that Pope Francis was surrounded by people 'who are heretics'. Now the theologian took the position that the Amazon Synod Position is 'a controversial meeting full of controversial ideas'.

It is important to distinguish different aspects of the synod.

'First of all, Instrumentum laboris, which according to some bishops and cardinals contains heresies. Then the pagan spectacle of those days in Rome. Then the work of the modernist avant-garde, which wants to take the opportunity to change the Church. And last but not least, the Holy Spirit, who will certainly set limits to the mess.'

The fundamental theologian calls the distortion of the category of the theological place as the 'worst' aspect of the Instrumentum laboris. What has hitherto coupled the conviction in the religious experience of our faith in the high, will now become the immanent source from below.

'The cry of the poor is claimed as a theological place. In fact, the real place is the supernatural revelation. It leads the social doctrine, which contains the principle to do justice to the poor.'

Don Morselli also recognizes the face of modernism in Instrumentum laboris:

'In hatred of the categories of Western thinking (eg substance, nature, form) that must be eliminated according to Instrumentum.'

John Paul II said in Fides et Ratio the opposite and named the reason for this:

'The Holy Spirit has instructed the Church to use these categories of thought because they are universally and permanently valid. According to these categories, knowledge - including faith - depends on an external object to which it is aligned. For the modernists, on the other hand, knowledge is inherent and therefore faith is a product of the subject that creates it: the diabolical do-it-yourself religion.'

Don Morselli also encounters the 'sad spectacle of pagan rites in which the Holy Father participated'.

The incident, though somewhat reminiscent of the participation of Father Matteo Ricci SJ (1552-1610) in ancestor worship in China, had the fundamental difference that Fr. Ricci made it clear that it was a bourgeois rather than a religious ritual.

'This distinction is completely absent in the sad Roman shows of these days.'

Asked about the efforts to admit married priests, the theologian laughs 'not to cry'.

'Those who speak of the 'New Paradigm of the Church of Pope Francis' and make such suggestions, repeat a greasy déjà vu. Paul VI. had already rejected the hair-splitting of pastoral charity, according to which the admission of married men to the priesthood is necessary in order not to deny the sacraments to anyone. This pope answered that twelve were enough to spread Christianity all over the world. Priests will be few in number in the world. It is not the number which is important, but the task of making oneself Christlike, because that is exactly what is required of a priest, to be an other Christ.'

The situation of the Church is, considered soberly, very serious.

'The work and coalition of modernist spearheads pick up on the legacy of historic modernism and wield it like a trophy of victory. If it were not for the promise of Jesus 'non prævalebunt,' one would have to say: 'It 's over'. Instead, we can say, 'Start over,' I do not know how, I do not know when, but the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart will put an end to this destruction.'

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Amazon Synod XII

From Words to Deeds. The six points on which the post-synodal Exhortation is already written

S MagisterSANDRO MAGISTER blogs from Rome ~ With the synod for the Amazon filed away, the anticipation is now over what Pope Francis will decide, on the basis of the votes delivered to him in the final document.

To judge by the improvised speech in Spanish that Jorge Mario Bergoglio gave in the synod hall at the end of the sessions, on the afternoon of Saturday October 26, his decisions will not take long. And in essence they are already written.

To identify them it is enough to go over step by step this speech by the pope, in its verbatim transcription.


First of all, Francis made it clear that for the next synod the issue that appeals to him is already there, that of synodality.

“One of the issues that was voted on, which received a majority - three issues received a majority for the next synod - is that of synodality. I don’t know yet if this will be selected or not, I have not decided yet, I am reflecting and thinking, but I can certainly say that we have come a long way and we must travel even further on this path of synodality.”


In the second place, the pope said that the document in which he will establish how to put into practice the votes of the synod for the Amazon will come soon, probably before the end of December:

“The postsynodal exhortation that - it is not obligatory that the pope do so - the most probable thing, no, excuse me, the simplest thing would be: ‘Fine, this is the document, do it yourselves,’ however, a word from the pope on what he experienced at the synod could do some good. I would like to do so before the end of the year, so that too much time doesn’t go by, everything depends on the time I will have to think.”


Third. On the “vexata quaestio” of the female diaconate, already discussed by a commission of experts that he set up in 2016 but that did not reach any agreement at all, Francis said that he will recall the commission to life with new members whom he will appoint, under the aegis of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith:

“There has been talk of new ministries, […] of creativity in this, […] and we will see how far this can go. […] I accept the request to recall the commission or perhaps open it to new members in order to continue to study how there existed in the primitive Church the permanent diaconate [of women - editor’s note]. You know that they came to an agreement among everyone that was not clear. […] I will seek to redo this with the congregation for the doctrine of the faith, and to bring new persons onto this commission, and I take up the gauntlet that they have thrown: ‘And we want to be heard.’ I take up the gauntlet.” (After this last remark, the official bulletin that reproduces the pope’s speech writes that there was a round of applause).

On this point, as is well known, the final document of the synod, at no. 103, pushed just a bit further. It limited itself to saying that “in the multiple consultations undertaken in the Amazonian area the permanent diaconate for women was urged” and that “for this reason the issue was also very much present at the synod,” to conclude with this wish: “We would therefore like to share our experiences and reflections with the commission and we await its results.”

And even so the votes against were 30 and the abstentions 14, a quarter of the voters. But the proponents of the diaconate - and ultimately the priesthood - for women have nevertheless claimed it as a success. It was enough for them, for the moment, that a “process” be set in motion. And this is just what they got, with the immediate and explicit support of Pope Francis.


Fourth. Concerning the call for the new “Amazonian rite” in the liturgy, however, in his speech Pope Francis stepped on the brake. This will not be elaborated by a local commission appointed by the bishops of the Amazon, as proposed in the final document of the synod at point 119, but will be seen to by the Vatican congregation for divine worship, which has as its prefect the unyielding cardinal Robert Sarah:

“There was talk of a ritual reform, opening ourselves to the rites, this is within the discretion of the congregation for divine worship, and it can be done following the criteria and in this I know that they can act very well, and make the necessary proposals that inculturation requires.”

With matters put this way, it will therefore be entirely unlikely that the new rite, if it ever comes to be, will be “enriched,” as wished for by the final document of the synod, even “with the way in which the [Amazonian] peoples take care of their territory and relate to their waters.”


Fifth. On the proposal of new organisms of management and coordination for the Church in the Amazon, in his speech Francis pronounced himself in favor. But he said more. He added that he also wanted to open an “ad hoc” section at the Vatican:

“And a contribution also with respect to the organization of the Roman curia. It seems to me that there is a need to do this, and I will talk about how to do it with Cardinal Turkson. To open an Amazonian section within the dicastery for promoting integral human development.”


Sixth. And the ordination of married men to the priesthood? Curiously, it seems that the pope’s speech was missing any explicit reference to the question, which in fact was the most discussed of the entire synod.

In reality Francis did make the reference. By implication, in two parallel passages. In a caution to journalists and in an invective against what he calls the Catholic “élite.”

To journalists:

“A thanks to the media. […] I would ask a favour of them: that in their diffusion of the final document they adhere above all to the diagnosis, which is the weighty part, which is the part where the synod really expressed itself best: the cultural diagnosis, the social diagnosis, the pastoral diagnosis, and the environmental diagnosis. […] The danger could be that they may dwell […] on the little disciplinary things that have their transcendence, but that would not do the good that this synod must do.”

To the Catholic “élite”:

“There is always a group of […] Catholic “élites,” and Christian at times, but above all Catholic, who want to go to the “smattering” and forget about what’s “big.” I am reminded of a passage from Péguy, I looked it up, I will try to translate it well, I think that it could help us when it describes these groups that want the ‘smattering’ and forget about the ‘matter’: ‘Because they do not have the courage to be of the world, they believe that they are of God. Because they do not have the courage to be on man’s side, they believe that they are on God’s side. Because they do not love anyone, they believe that they love God.’ For me it went well, I did not fall prisoner to these selective groups that from the synod want only to see what has been decided on this intraecclesiastical point or on that other, and reject the body of the synod, which are the diagnoses that we have made in the four dimensions.”

The “smattering,” the “intraecclesiastical point” to which Pope Francis alludes is none other than the ordination to the priesthood of what are called “viri probati,” proposed in these words in point 111 of the final document:

“We propose to establish criteria and dispositions on the part of the competent authority, in the framework of ‘Luumen Gentium’ 26, to ordain as priests men who are suitable and recognized by the community, who have a fruitful permanent diaconate and would receive an adequate formation for the priesthood, being able to have a legitimately constituted and stable family, in order to sustain the life of the Christian community through the preaching of the Word and the celebration of the sacraments in the remotest areas of the Amazonian region.”

It took this tortuous formulation, packed with restrictive conditions, to obtain a scanty approval of the proposal. And above all it had to be put on the record, at the conclusion of the paragraph, that “in this regard, some spoke out for a universal approach to the issue.”

This point 111, in fact, was the only point of the final document that was in serious danger of not reaching the two thirds of the votes necessary for approval. Out of 181 voters, with the quorum set at 121 votes, the “placet” were 128, the “non placet” 41, and the abstentions 11.

But it is public knowledge that this synod was conceived and organized precisely with this primary objective: “to open” to the ordination of “viri probati” in the Amazon in order to then extend the innovation to the whole Church.

Exactly as had happened with the double synod on the family, aimed at giving the go-ahead to communion for the divorced and remarried.

Back then as well, Francis hurled bolts at those who were stuck on that “smattering” instead of looking at the magnificence of the whole.

And meanwhile he demolished with a little footnote, in the post-synodal exhortation “Amoris Laetitia,” the greatness of two millennia of “what God has joined, let no man put asunder” (Mt 19:6).


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Amazon Synod XIII

Dubia cardinal praises men who threw Pachamamas in Tiber

Cdl.Brandmuller MAIKE HICKSON reports for LifeSiteNews – Cardinal Walter Brandmüller, one of the two remaining dubia cardinals and a respected Church historian – praised the men who removed the controversial pagan “Pachamama” statues from a church in Rome and threw them into the Tiber River as “courageous...prophets of today.”

“These two young men who threw these tasteless idols into the Tiber have not committed theft, but have done a deed, a symbolic act as we know it from the Prophets of the Old Covenant, from Jesus – see the cleansing of the Temple – and from Saint Boniface who felled the Thor Oak near Geismar,” said the German cardinal to LifeSiteNews.

The 90-year old former President of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences added that now these two men “are being accused of theft on the part of the Vatican.”

“To what grotesque contortions are those capable who find themselves in an utmost embarrassment!” Brandmüller stated.

“These two courageous 'Maccabees' who have removed the 'abomination of desolation in the holy place' are the prophets of today. Spoken in secular terms, I would think that the champagne corks really had to pop here,” he added.

As LifeSiteNews reported, on October 21, two men had gone into Santa Maria in Traspontina Church near St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, removed several of the controversial Pachamama statues that had been there on display and then threw them into the Tiber River. On October 25, Pope Francis apologized for this act to those who felt offended, calling these statues “Pachamama statues.” He also considered displaying them during the closing Mass on 27 October, but this did not take place, perhaps also due to resistance from prelates within the synod hall and outside.

Further commenting on the Amazon Synod, Cardinal Brandmüller repeated his critique of the “group of ideologues” who “do not wish to understand the 'celibacy for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven.'”

These wish to “bring down celibacy,” he said. According to the German prelate, these people “have been working for this for decades.” The fact that they “merely speak about a special exception for the Amazon, is just a dirty, but obvious trick. It is not about the Amazon – everything is at stake.”

Next to Cardinal Brandmüller, other prelates have also raised their voice of opposition against the display of Pachamama statues in the Vatican. For example, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, in an October 24 interview with ETWN's Raymond Arroyo, said that the “great mistake was to bring the idols into the Church, not to put them out, because according to the Law of God Himself – the First Commandment – idolism [idolatry] is a grave sin and not to mix them with the Christian liturgy.”

Putting the removal of the Pachamama statues into perspective he commented: “To put it [the statues] out,” Müller continued, “to throw it out, can be against human law, but to bring the idols into the Church was a grave sin, a crime against the Divine Law.”

José Luis Azcona Hermoso, the Bishop Emeritus of the Brazilian city of Marajó condemned the pagan rituals with the Pachamama statues as “demonic sacrilege,” and Bishop Marian Eleganti of Chur, Switzerland said in comments to LifeSite that, even if the Pope now claims that the Pachamama statues were used “without idolatrous intentions,” “there would still remain the scandal that it at least looks like such [idolatry] and that the Rock of Peter [the Pope] is not at all getting worried about it.” On the contrary, wrote Eleganti, the Pope “even defends those rituals conducted in the Vatican Gardens” which are “alien to Christianity.”

Finally, Bishop Athanasius Schneider published an October 27 open letter, in which he stated that “Catholics cannot accept any pagan worship, nor any syncretism between pagan beliefs and practices and those of the Catholic Church.”

“The acts of worship of kindling a light, of bowing, of prostrating or profoundly bowing to the ground and dancing before an unclothed female statue, which represents neither Our Lady nor a canonized saint of the Church, violates the first Commandment of God: 'You shall have no other gods before Me,'” he added.

Just like Cardinal Brandmüller, Bishop Schneider compared the men who had thrown the Pachamama statues into the Tiber River with Maccabees and praised them. He calls their action “a highly meritorious, courageous and praiseworthy act of some brave Christian gentlemen,” and adds that “like a new “Maccabees” they acted in the spirit of the holy wrath of Our Lord, who expelled the merchants from the temple of Jerusalem with a whip. The gestures of these Christian men will be recorded in the annals of Church history as a heroic act which brought glory to the Christian name, while the acts of high-ranking churchmen, on the contrary, who defiled the Christian name in Rome, will go down in history as cowardly and treacherous acts of ambiguity and syncretism.”

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Amazon Synod XIV

Pope Francis settles for three-quarters of a loaf, but continues his drive for the whole thing

CHRISTOPHER A.FERRARA writes for Fatima Perspectives ~ So, to no one’s great surprise, the “voice of the Spirit” (meaning the pre-written, predetermined final document of the Shamazon Synod) has announced that there will be married priests in the Amazon (meaning everywhere, sooner or later, if Francis has his way.) To quote the pertinent language from paragraph 111 of the document:

“We appreciate celibacy as a gift of God (Sacerdotalis Caelibatus, 1)…”

The Modernist always “appreciates the gift” he is in the process of tossing aside.

“…to the extent that this gift enables the missionary disciple, ordained to the priesthood, to dedicate himself fully to the service of the Holy People of God….”

Ah, so the synod “appreciates the gift of celibacy” but only to the extent it enables full dedication to the priestly ministry. Nothing here about how this “gift” is not merely one of facilitating dedication but is also the configuration of the priest to the celibate Person of Christ. Indeed, celibacy in the latter sense is no mere “gift” but an obligation undertaken in imitation of Christ.

And now the drearily predictable conclusion:

“Considering that legitimate diversity does not harm the communion and unity of the Church, but expresses and serves it (LG 13; SO 6) which testifies to the plurality of existing rites and disciplines, we proposed to establish criteria and dispositions on the part of the competent authority, within the framework of Lumen Gentium 26, to ordain priests suitable and esteemed men of the community, who have had a fruitful permanent diaconate and receive [an] adequate formation for the priesthood, having a legitimately constituted and stable family to sustain the life of the Christian community through the preaching of the Word and the celebration of the Sacraments in the most remote areas of the Amazon region. In this regard, some were in favour of a more universal approach to the subject.”

So, men with families are to be ordained in “the most remote regions of the Amazon,” which can only mean “indigenous” tribesmen with no seminary training who are first made deacons and then given some sort of unspecified “adequate” formation for the priesthood. Notice how having a “stable family” now seems to have become a qualification instead of an impediment to priestly ordination. And “some” favour making this abandonment of priestly celibacy “more universal.” “Some,” my foot. That’s the plan, and this is but Step One, as Francis will no doubt soon reveal.

What, then, of the threatened female “deacons”? Here Francis got only half of what he wanted. As the document states:

“We ask that you review the Motu Propio of St. Paul VI, Ministeria quaedam, so that appropriately trained and prepared women may also receive the ministries of Lector and Acolyte, among others to be developed.”

So, no female deacons… just yet. But right away there must be female Lectors, Acolytes and “other” female ministries to be “developed” — meaning invented.

The citation to Paul VI’s Ministeria quaedam is, like so many in the documents of this pontificate, misleading. Therein Paul VI — as one of his many reckless innovations — purported to abolish the minor orders of Porter, Reader, Exorcist and Acolyte but recasting them as “ministries.” All four minor orders were traditionally “considered as a training in preparation for the reception of sacred orders” — to quote Paul VI himself.

Nowhere in that document, however, did Paul VI indicate that these “ministries” were to be bestowed on any but men, with all references to the “ministers” being in the masculine. Quite the contrary, he stressed specifically that “In accordance with the ancient tradition of the Church, institution to the ministries of reader and acolyte is reserved to men.” That is, Francis and his stacked synod now flatly contradict Paul VI in Ministeria quaedam.

(Note that all four minor orders are still being conferred in traditional orders such as the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, putting the lie to their purported “abolition” by Pope Paul.)

Female exorcists, anyone? Good luck with that. I am sure the demons would find that hilarious.

Now of course Francis has not given up on female “deacons.” Like the married priests with “stable families” in the remotest regions of the Amazon, this is only Step One. With supreme audacity (as my colleague Jim Hanisch notes), Francis has declared that he will “reopen” his 2016 commission on the subject which, as I note here, failed to give him the answer he wanted, having concluded that “there is no historical evidence that in the patristics women were ordained as deacons.”

Ouch. Perhaps, Francis says, the commission will “reopen with new members.” Count on it. The reopened commission will be stacked, like the Synods, to produce the result that Francis wants, which need not correspond to the truth.

In sum, Francis has gotten all that he wanted concerning married priests, and half of what he wanted on lady “deacons.” Three-quarters of a loaf is better than none, and the remaining quarter will soon be in hand if Francis continues to have his way.

Which means we can only wait, hope and pray for the day when God will have His way and this pontificate and all the other ecclesial aberrations of the past half-century are swept aside and the Church recovers everything that has been stolen or ruined by diabolically disoriented churchmen in the midst of the greatest crisis the Church has ever seen.


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Amazon Synod XV

Three cardinals and three bishops condemn pagan ‘Pachamama’ rituals at Vatican

MAIKE HICKSON reports for LifeSiteNews – Three cardinals and three bishops have separately voiced opposition to paganism in Church ceremonies in the Vatican surrounding the Amazon Synod, including the Oct. 4 pagan ceremony in the Vatican Gardens where people bowed down and worshiped the Pachamama idol as Pope Francis and other top-ranking prelates looked on.

Catholics around the world were indignant to not only see the pagan statues present in various ceremonies, but to see Pope Francis actually bless one of them during the Vatican Gardens ceremony. He was also present when the Pachamama statue was carried into the synod hall, at the beginning of the Amazon Synod, accompanied again with pagan rituals. Paulo Suess, one of the key authors of the Amazon Synod's working document, commented on this ceremony, saying “so what. Even if it would have been a pagan rite, then it is nevertheless a pagan worship of God.”

Some Catholics decided to take action against the public display of pagan idols in the Catholic Church.

As LifeSiteNews reported, on October 21, two men entered into Santa Maria in Traspontina Church near St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, removed several of the controversial Pachamama statues that had been there on display and then threw them into the Tiber River. On October 25, Pope Francis apologized for this act to those who felt offended, calling these statues “Pachamama statues.” He also considered displaying them during the closing Mass on October 27, but this did not take place, perhaps also due to resistance from prelates within the synod hall and outside.

During all these events, some cardinals and bishops raised their voice of opposition.

For example, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, in an October 24 interview with EWTN's Raymond Arroyo, said that the “great mistake was to bring the idols into the Church, not to put them out, because according to the Law of God Himself – the First Commandment – idolism [idolatry] is a grave sin and not to mix them with the Christian liturgy.”

Putting the removal of the Pachamama statues into perspective he commented: “To put it [the statues] out,” Müller continued, “to throw it out, can be against human law, but to bring the idols into the Church was a grave sin, a crime against the Divine Law.”

Additionally, Cardinal Walter Brandmüller – one of the two remaining dubia cardinals – praised the removal of the Pachamama statues from a Catholic church in Rome and called the men who performed this act “prophets.”

“These two young men who threw these tasteless idols into the Tiber have not committed theft, but have done a deed, a symbolic act as we know it from the Prophets of the Old Covenant, from Jesus – see the cleansing of the Temple – and from Saint Boniface who felled the Thor Oak near Geismar,” the German cardinal said. He concluded his comments by saying: “These two courageous 'Maccabees' who have removed the 'horrors of the devastation of a holy site' are the prophets of today.”

Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, a third cardinal opposing the pagan rituals in the Vatican, stated: “The syncretism evident in the ritual celebrated around an immense floor covering, directed by an Amazonian woman and in front of several ambiguous and unidentified images in the Vatican gardens this past October 4, should be avoided.” He added that “the reason for the criticism is precisely because of the primitive nature and pagan appearance of the ceremony and the absence of openly Catholic symbols, gestures and prayers during the various gestures, dances and prostrations of that surprising ritual.” The cardinal concluded, “This type of syncretism should be avoided entirely."

Among the bishops raising their voices, Bishop Athanasius Schneider wrote the most extensive critique of the pagan worship. He published an October 27 open letter, in which he stated that “Catholics cannot accept any pagan worship, nor any syncretism between pagan beliefs and practices and those of the Catholic Church.”

“The acts of worship of kindling a light, of bowing, of prostrating or profoundly bowing to the ground and dancing before an unclothed female statue, which represents neither Our Lady nor a canonized saint of the Church, violates the first Commandment of God: 'You shall have no other gods before Me,'” he added.

Just like Cardinal Brandmüller, Bishop Schneider compared the men who had thrown the Pachamama statues into the Tiber River with Maccabees and praised them. He called their action “a highly meritorious, courageous and praiseworthy act of some brave Christian gentlemen,” and adds that “like a new 'Maccabees' they acted in the spirit of the holy wrath of Our Lord, who expelled the merchants from the temple of Jerusalem with a whip. The gestures of these Christian men will be recorded in the annals of Church history as a heroic act which brought glory to the Christian name, while the acts of high-ranking churchmen, on the contrary, who defiled the Christian name in Rome, will go down in history as cowardly and treacherous acts of ambiguity and syncretism.”

Another bishop – José Luis Azcona Hermoso, the Bishop Emeritus of the Brazilian city of Marajó – condemned the pagan rituals with the Pachamama statues as “demonic sacrilege.” He said in an October 20 homily that “Mother Earth should not be worshipped because everything, even the earth, is under the dominion of Jesus Christ. It is not possible that there are spirits with power equal or superior to Our Lord or of the Virgin Mary.”

“The invocation of the statues before which even some religious bowed at the Vatican (and I won’t mention which congregation they belong),” the prelate continued, “is an invocation of a mythical power, of Mother Earth, from which they ask blessings or make gestures of gratitude. These are scandalous demonic sacrileges, especially for the little ones who are not able to discern.”

Strongly rejecting the presence of Pachamama in the Vatican, the bishop continues: “Pachamama is not and never will be the Virgin Mary. To say that this statue represents the Virgin is a lie. She is not Our Lady of the Amazon because the only Lady of the Amazon is Mary of Nazareth. Let’s not create syncretistic mixtures. All of that is impossible: the Mother of God is the Queen of Heaven and earth.”

Finally, Bishop Marian Eleganti of Chur, Switzerland, made his own strong critique of the pagan rituals in the Vatican, calling it a “scandal.” He commented on the fact that the Pope himself apologized for the Pachamama idols having been taken and thrown into the Tiber River, and that he said that they were displayed in a church “without idolatrous intention.” Eleganti said that even if one accepts the Pope's recent words that the statues have no intended idolatrous meaning, “there would still remain the scandal that, at least, it looks like such [idolatry] and that the Rock of Peter [the Pope] is not at all getting worried about it.” On the contrary, said Eleganti, the Pope “even defends those rituals conducted in the Vatican Gardens” which are “alien to Christianity.”

“It is not understandable to an observer that the publicly displayed veneration of Pachamama at the Amazon Synod is not meant to be idolatry,” he added.




















Amazon Synod XVI

De Mattei: The Synod on the Amazon, the spirit of Pachamama and the spirit of Elijah

R de MatteiROBERTO de MATTEI writes for Rorate Caeli ~ What was the Amazon Synod and where will it lead us? The response to this question cannot certainly be limited to an analysis of the final document, voted on October 26, 2019. The Pan-Amazonian Synod is part of a process that should be considered in its progressive phases and context, even in the media, so as to understand its ultimate objective: the redefinition of the sacraments and hierarchical priesthood; the possibility of ordaining married men to the priesthood and women to the diaconate; but most of all the promotion of a new eco-indigenous cosmology and idolatrous cults inside the Catholic Church.

On the level of the documents produced over the last few months, the phases linked to each other in this process, in which each stage explains the preceding one and announces a new one, are: the preparatory document of June 8th 20181.; the Instrumentum laboris of June 17th 20192.; the Synodal document of October 26th 20193. and lastly, the Post-Synod Exhortation, which Pope Francis announced the publication of before the end of the year, much earlier than expected.

But equally important, is the context in which the Synod took place. The Final Document itself, in its first point, emphasized the importance of this aspect, pointing out that: “outside the Synod Hall there was a notable presence of people coming from the Amazonian world, who organized supportive acts in different activities and processions like the one at the opening, which accompanied the Holy Father with dancing and singing, from the tomb of Peter to the Synod Hall. The Via Crucis for the Amazonian martyrs had an impact, along with the significant presence of the international mass-media.”

One can speak then of a “spirit of the Synod”, hovering over the event, like the “spirit” of the Second Vatican Council, which accompanied its documents and constitutes the key to understanding it. A symbol of this Amazonian spirit was the image of Pachamama, the Pagan Goddess of the Earth and Fertility, which Pope Francis himself chose to defend against “offences”. According to the Synod document “the wisdom of the ancestral peoples assert that Mother Earth has a feminine face” (n.101) and the Church with an Amazonian face is built through interreligious dialogue with the indigenous religions and the cults of its Afro-descendants, “who deserve to be recognized and understood in their expressions and relationship with the forest and Mother Earth.” (n.25).

The Pachamama, the Mother Earth image of the indigenous peoples in the Americas, made its appearance in the Vatican Gardens on October 4, the eve of the Synod’s opening, during a ceremony carried out in the presence of Pope Francis, some cardinals and bishops. You can see the entire video recording here4.

On October 7, the idol was carried in procession into St. Peter’s Basilica, where it received more homage from the Pope and the Synod Fathers. The German-Brazilian theologian, Paolo Suess, one of the main architects of the Synod, stated that: “even if it was a pagan rite, what took place was a service of adoration. A rite always has something to do with adoration and paganism cannot be disregarded as if it didn’t exist.”5.

The Pachamama statues were also placed in the Church of Santa Maria in Traspontina, where every day a magic rite called Moments of Amazonian Spirituality was held. On October 19, Pachamama reappeared in the blasphemous Amazonian Via Crucis, which took place in the presence, among others, of Cardinal Pedro Barreto, Vice-President of the Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network, organizer of all these evil events.

Finally, on October 21st some courageous Catholics entered the profaned Church, picked up the pagan statues of Pachamama, and dumped them into the Tiber. “The great mistake was to bring the idols into the Church”, said Cardinal Gerard Müeller and “not [the act] of putting them out, because according to the Law of God – the First Commandment – idolatry is a grave sin and is not to be mixed with the Christian liturgy.” “ Throwing them out, can be against human law, but bringing the idols into the Church was a grave sin, a crime against the Divine Law.”6.

But on October 25th, almost as if in response to Cardinal Mueller, Pope Francis, intervening in the Synod Hall, said that he was offended not by the profanation, but by those who decided to stop this profanation: “Good afternoon, I’d like to say a few words about the Pachamama statues removed from the Church in Traspontina, which were there without idolatrous intentions and were thrown into the Tiber. First of all, this happened in Rome and as Bishop of the diocese, I ask forgiveness to the people who were offended by this act.”

One of the few bishops today who has the courage to say the truth, Monsignor Athanasius Schneider, declared instead that “the honest, Christian reaction to the dance around the Pachamama - the new Golden Calf - in the Vatican. should consist in a dignified protest, a correction of this error, and above all in acts of reparation. With tears and sincere sorrow in our hearts, we should offer prayers of intercession and reparation to God for the eternal salvation of the soul of Pope Francis, the Vicar of Christ on earth, and the salvation of those Catholic priests and faithful who perpetrated such acts of worship, which are forbidden by Divine Revelation.”7.

The cult of Pachamama obscures or rather illuminates, in a sinister light, the requests that came out of the Synod: the proposal to “ordain priests, men suitable and recognized by the community, who have a fruitful permanent diaconate and received a proper formation for the presbyterate, [while] having a legally constituted family” (n.111); the request to institute a new ministry of “women community leaders” (n.102) and to review Paul VI’s Motu Proprio, Ministria Quaedam, about the access of women to female ministries, especially, given that, “in a considerable number” of synod consultations “the permanent diaconate for women was requested ”(n.103). On this point Pope Francis, in his concluding discourse, said he intended to take up “the challenge” launched by the Fathers, and reopen the discussion of the female diaconate after the commission set up by him in 2006 had accomplished nothing following two years of work.

Among some of the Bishops’ proposals that Pope Francis asked for the translation of in official provisions, we have “the development of an Amazonian rite” (n.119) and the definition of a new sin” the “ecological one”, which would include the creation of a pastoral, socio-environmental Observatory and an Amazonian office connected to it.

The Amazonian Synod was held in Rome, not in the Amazon so as to give a universal dimension to its proposals, requests and decisions. Pope Francis will leave the concrete application of the innovations to the Episcopal Conferences, and the German bishops will serve as pace-setters in the creation of the new Church with the Amazonian face, which will be nothing other than the church of Pachamama, or rather the idolatrous religion of Pachamama, set up in the One Church of Christ.

Everything has now been revealed. The time has come for the Church to oppose the spirit of Pachamama with the spirit of the holy prophet Elijah.

2. https://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/it/bollettino/pubblico/2019/06/17/0521/01081.html
3. http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/it/bollettino/pubblico/2019/10/26/0820/01706.html
4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6P39XswlzI


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Final document review




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Amazon Synod XVIII

Bishop Schneider praises removal of Pachamama: ‘will be recorded in the annals of Church history as a heroic act’

JOHN-HENRY WESTEN writes ~ Bishop Athanasius Schneider is truly one of the most awe-inspiring bishops in the Catholic Church today. An intrepid defender of truth raised up by God, he recently wrote an open letter condemning the idolatrous "Pachamama" statue featured so prominently throughout the Amazonian Synod.

In his letter, Bishop Schneider drew attention to several of the many verses in Scripture that warned against the worship of false gods. He said that he had to speak up in respoinse to the Amazon Synod because "syncretism and paganism are like poisons entering the veins of the Mystical Body of Christ." As a successor to the Apostles, entrusted with care for God’s flock, he continued, "I cannot remain silent in the face of the blatant violation of God’s holy will and the disastrous consequences it will have upon individual souls, the Church as a whole, and indeed the entire human race."




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Amazon Synod XIX

Ritual bowl for demonic Pachamama placed on St. Peter’s altar at closing Mass of Amazon Synod

FR. JOHN ZUHLSDORF blogs ~ Robert Moynihan is a long-time vaticanista. In his latest “Letter #59, 2019: In plain sight“, he looks into the pagan element worked into the closing Mass of the Amazon Synod (“walking together”). We had speculated about whether or not the wooden demon idols of Pachamama, a demon goddess to whom human sacrifice was offered, a kind of “mother earth” embodiment, but clearly demonic, would be involved at the closing Mass of the “walking together”. Nope. No demon statuette.

That doesn’t mean that Pachamama, the demon pagans worshipped with human sacrifice, wasn’t being openly honored during the Mass, and even put on altar of St. Peter’s, above the bones of the Apostle!

Moynihan at great length establishes with reference to video of the closing Mass the bringing forward at the offertory a bowl with a plant that that Francis instructed Msgr. Guido (that poor man) Marini to put on the altar. Of course gifts at the offertory are NOT to be placed on the altar, much less trash like this.

What was put on the altar?

A bowl of dirt with various plants, one with red flowers.

Those are ugly plants. Since they are not beautiful, they must have some other meaning or purpose.


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Skipping to the point… Moynighan posted:

'Then, after further searching, I learned that a bowl of soil with plants in it is often connected with ceremonial rituals involving Pachamana.

There is one among many websites that describes the ritual (link):

“If it is difficult for you to move to a natural space to offer to Mother Earth, do not worry, you can perform your own ritual at home:

“- Use a bottle or flower pot full of dirt, there you proceed to make a hole, it is recommended to do it with your hands to connect with the energy of the ritual. [This goes back to what happened in the Vatican Gardens… the pagan, demonic ceremony.]

“- A kind of well is made, and food and drinks are poured for the enjoyment of the Pachamama.

“- The food option is extensive, one can place anything from fruits to Creole foods and seeds. In the case of drinks, chicha, natural juices, honey, wine, even coca leaves are suggested.

“- Then we proceed to cover it with dirt and flowers.

“Every year more people join in and they learn to leave our daily work and reflect and realize who we are, where we are and have this gesture of recognition and thanks to Mother Earth, which we say is humanity, the earth, the air, the animals, the water, the fire, which is everything that makes our life.”

Also: “You should never miss something red, it is the favorite color of the Pacha! [Red flower.]

So it seemed that the bowl of flowers presented at the offertory of the final Synod Mass, and then placed on the altar during the consecration, may have been connected with a ritual of veneration, and thanks, to Mother Earth, known as Pachamana…

So the images were not in the basilica, but perhaps an offering to Pachamana, in a bowl, was…

Ann Barnhardt has the goods on this black bowl. HERE She has several posts. In summary….

These black bowls, the same as the one with the red flower on the altar of St. Peter’s, were all over the place in the Synod Hall.

They were all over the church Santa Maria in Traspontina, where all the evil displays and presence of this demonic shaman and women religious were found all day.

The black bowl was in the pagan Vatican garden ceremony in honor of Pachamama:

A closeup shows there is a symbol on the bottom of the upturned bowl. Ann may have found a version of that symbol, which is, surprise, for Pachamama.

So, an obvious of statue wasn’t placed on or near the altar of St. Peter’s Basilica, but this instrument with the demonic symbol was placed on the mensa of the altar of Sacrifice directly over the bones of Peter himself.

The implications of this are, frankly, horrifying to contemplate.



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Amazon Synod XX

Amazon Synod means the ‘end of Tridentine Church’: French Catholic newspaper

JEANNE SMITS LifeSiteNews Paris Correspondent reports– The editor-in-chief of the French Catholic daily, La Croix, wrote a blog post on Tuesday announcing the “end of the Tridentine Church.”

Isabelle de Gaulmyn presents what she considers to be the outcome of the Amazon Synod, calling it a “real revolution” that will close the door on Catholicism as it has existed for five centuries.

Interestingly, she remarked that Pope Francis will probably not contradict the Synod’s conclusions insofar as he “quite largely encouraged the process.”

La Croix is owned by the French religious congregation of the Augustinians of the Assumption and is widely read by the French episcopate, so much so that it is considered the unofficial daily of the bishops. It runs a number of blogs, in particular for its own journalists and invited editorialists. In de Gaulmyn's capacity of editor-in-chief of the print version of La Croix, her blog gives a true reflection of the paper’s orientation, which is generally progressive.

La Croix is rarely if ever contradicted by the French episcopate, even when it takes up positions that are favorable to abortion or unfavorable to resistance against same-sex “marriage.”

De Gaulmyn’s take on the Amazon Synod as a break from “Tridentine” Catholicism is perfectly in line with La Croix’s enthusiastic reporting on the event. The paper’s permanent correspondent in Rome, Nicolas Senèze, recently published a book about opposition to Pope Francis under the title: How America wants to change Popes, accusing rich American Catholics and pressure groups of maneuvering to obtain Francis’ eviction.

De Gaulmyn argues that the Church as we know it is a product of the Council of Trent, which organized the response to the Protestant Reformation through the Counter-Reformation. If she is to be believed, the “structuring” of the Church around the central figure of the priest dates back to that 16th century time: hence the clericalism that is regularly decried by Pope Francis as the root of the sex-abuse crisis and other problems in the present-day Church. The Council of Trent condemned the laity to the role of a “flock of docile sheep,” she wrote. She called this a sort of new vision of priests, changing their status in the people’s imagination.

Presenting the Amazon Synod as the natural outcome of Vatican II and its renewed approach to the priesthood, de Gaulmyn jubilantly remarked – on an ecclesio-ecological note – that the Church is moving toward increased “biodiversity,” which is how she interprets married priests and women ministers.

It is interesting to note that de Gaulmyn would be prepared and happy to see the Church throw away and even contradict the rich inheritance of the Council of Trent, which in particular deepened the teaching of the Church on the Sacrifice of the Mass and the sacraments and codified the Latin Rite – not by revolutionizing it but by largely unifying its use by the will of Pope Pius V. The extraordinary form of the Latin Mass is also known as the Mass of Pius V or the “Tridentine” Mass (from Trent).

Here is LifeSite’s translation of de Gaulmyn’s blog:

“Let us make no mistake about it; what happened in Rome, with the Synod for the Amazon that ended on Sunday, October 27, marks a real revolution in the Catholic Church, even if, like all revolutions, it is written into a long-term process. Certainly, Pope Francis is not obliged unconditionally to follow the opinions of the Synod Fathers. That said, it is hard to see how he can avoid it, especially since it is the result of a process that he has encouraged quite largely.

“However, by asking for the possibility of the ordination of married men as priests in the Amazon region, by considering the creation of new ‘ministries’ (i.e. responsibilities within parishes or dioceses), including the recognition of a ministry for ‘women who lead communities,’ and finally by also demanding the reopening of the explosive debate on the female diaconate, the bishops of the Synod have clearly proclaimed the end of a model that emerged from the Council of Trent and nearly five centuries of Catholicism.

“We are still, consciously or unconsciously, largely dependent on this Council, which dates back to the 16th century. Aiming to consolidate a religion damaged by the powers of the princes and the Lutheran Reformation, the Council of Trent structured Catholicism around the figure of the priest. The unmarried cleric then became the central pivot. He concentrates in his person all the sacred functions, starting with the Eucharist and confession. This imaginary vision of the ideal priest, the ‘holy priest’ identified with Christ, placed above the faithful, condemning them to be nothing more than a simple flock of docile sheep, has deeply marked the mentalities of all Catholics, and greatly favored the prevailing ‘clericalism,’ including among the laity. Even though Vatican II recalled in 1962 the importance of the role of all the baptized, all called to be ‘priests, prophets and kings,’ the figure of the ‘super-powerful’ priest remained very prominent in the churches’ rank and file. And the management of the crisis of sexual abuse has shown to what extent the excesses of this clericalism, in that it distorts the way authority is conceived in the Church, can have dramatic consequences.

“This is all that the Synod for the Amazon has just condemned for once and for all. How? By advocating for a true ‘biodiversity’ in the Church, which leaves room for other forms of responsibility: alongside the traditional single priest, we would have experienced married men, and also new ministries, defined according to local needs, and possibly open to women. In reality, this ‘Catholic biodiversity’ already exists to a large extent, but we do not see it. Above all, it is not officially recognized. Who knows that in France most dioceses only turn thanks to women, lay people, trained in theology – more than 12,000 today – on whom the bishops have developed the habit of relying? Who knows that there are already 2,700 married deacons, who provide many services in the parishes? All this in addition to only 5,600 priests in activity …

“This ‘silent revolution’ is gradually transforming the face of the Church in France. It is now necessary, as the Synod Fathers for the Amazon have just asked, to give it more visibility, to formalize it, to structure it. From this point of view, by inviting for the first time, during their annual Plenary Assembly which begins in Lourdes on November 5, lay men and women by their side, the Bishops of France will finally reflect a less clerical and masculine image of the Church. An image that is more faithful to the reality of Catholicism in France. And another way of ending, here also, the legacy of the Council of Trent.”

Philosopher and La Croix blogger Thibaud Collin, who has written critically about Amoris laetitia, was evinced from the platform in June 2018 because of a post in which he slammed the paper for having condoned abortion.

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Key Amazon Synod organizer calls for Pachamama to be ‘integrated’ into Catholic liturgy

Bp.KrautleMAIKE HICKSON reports for LifeSiteNews – A bishop who was a key organizer of the recently concluded Amazon Synod in Rome said in an interview that the pagan “Pachamama” statues that were present throughout the synod should be “integrated” into Catholic liturgy.

At an October 30 presentation of his new book, Renewal Now (2019), Bishop Erwin Kräutler commented upon the Amazon Synod in general, but also on the controversy over the presence of Pachamama statutes at some ceremonies in the Vatican.

The German Catholic newspaper Die Tagespost reported on his words and quoted him as saying that the Pachamama statues were a “form of expression of the indigenous people,” which could be “integrated into our liturgy.”

Speaking to an audience in Bregenz, Austria, the bishop said, though unspecifically, that “there are people who think that Pachamama is a goddess.” He strongly condemned both the removal of these statues from a Church in Rome and also the fact that they were then thrown into the Tiber River, calling this act “a brutal attack on the indigenous peoples.”

Bishop Kräutler is the bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Xingu, Brazil, where he was the bishop from 1981 until 2015.

Further commenting upon the people who brought the Pachamama statues to Rome, the bishop said that they were “Catholic Christians who are far from adoring her as a divinity.” It is, according to him, a symbol of fertility.

“And if it is for many a divinity, then it is an attack upon the soul of a people to throw them into the Tiber,” he concluded, indicating that the statues could represent a goddess.

In his talk in Bregenz, the Austrian prelate also once more advocated for the idea of ordaining “personae probatae,” e.g., not only morally proven married men, but also women. For him, this is a “question of gender equality.” He admitted in an interview with the Tagespost, however, that the ordination of women would be an obstacle to the ecumenical dialogue with the Orthodox churches. “That is one of the biggest problems,” he explained.

With regard to the possibility of ordaining men and women also in Europe, Kräutler stated that “there are many well-prepared pastoral assistants (male and female), who should receive the chance [to be ordained].”

Finally, the bishop denied having said that he had never baptized an indigenous person and does not plan to do so. He called this claim “complete nonsense” and a rumor that was intentionally spread. “I said years ago that we need to have a Catholic Church with an indigenous face. It is not about baptizing indigenous people, nor to think that they thereby stop being indigenous people and then are Christians.” He said that he himself has baptized thousands of indigenous people.

A fellow Austrian missionary priest, Father Franz Helm, had quoted Bishop Kräutler in June of this year with these words: “I have not yet baptized and indigenous person and I do not intend of ever doing so.” Moreover, Helm who worked in Brazil from 1987 until 1993 quoted these words of Kräutler approvingly, since he himself shares the critical view of Christianity's history in Latin America with the bishop. Helm's comments were published by the website of the Catholic Church in Austria. He himself also stated that he does not try to convert people to the Catholic Faith, but, instead, they would have to show interest in the Faith by themselves.

In remarks to LifeSite in June of 2019, Helm explained that, in the 1990s, when he was the general secretary of Missio Austria (a pontifical missionary work), this quote from Bishop Kräutler “was transmitted to me.” He also explained that as long as “Christianity is not inculturated” in the Amazon region, “an Indian can hardly be also a Christian at the same time. Because, in order to become a Christian, an Indian has to give up his Indian being.” As examples, he pointed to the Roman Liturgy along with social forms and offices that are not sufficiently adapted to the Indian culture.

In June of this year, LifeSite also reached out to Bishop Kräutler, asking him to confirm or deny his above-quoted words. He never responded.

However, LifeSite obtained an April 13, 1992 article in the Austrian Catholic conservative newspaper Der Dreizehnte which quoted the bishop as saying the same words.

Thus, Kräutler has been recurrently quoted with these words for decades, from both progressives and conservatives, and he has never denied them, not even in June of this year, except now.


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Cardinal Burke: "See of Peter appears to favour the confusion"

Cdl. BurkeCHRISTINE NILES, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D. reports for ChurchMilitant.com ~ In a packed room last week, Cardinal Raymond Burke warned against the growing confusion in the Church and emphasized the immutable truths of the Catholic faith. Cardinal Raymond Burke was introduced by Fr. Aidan Logan, vocations director for the archdiocese of the Military. Nearly a thousand attended the annual Call to Holiness Conference in Detroit, Michigan, where the former prefect of the Apostolic Signatura entered the room to a standing ovation.

The absence of one of the conference's co-founders, Fr. Eduard Perrone, was noted at the start of the event, the emcee, Fr. Aidan Logan, mentioning him by name and expressing regret over his absence - the first in the more than 20 years since the founding of Call to Holiness in 1996 by both Perrone and his mentor, the late Fr. John Hardon.

Perrone has been placed on a leave of absence ever since July 5, after a man accused him - based on a 40-year-old 'repressed memory' - that he was abused by the traditional priest. Perrone has vigorously maintained his innocence and in August passed a polygraph test 'with flying colours.'

'Fr. Perrone tells me he is overwhelmed by all the love and support you have for him, and he wants you to know how very, very grateful he is for all you have done,' Logan said at the conclusion of the conference.

From the first, Burke's speech struck an ominous tone.

'There is no question that the Church is currently experiencing one of the greatest crises She has ever known,' began the cardinal in his 45-minute talk.

'The working document, the Instrumentum Laboris, that the special assembly of the synod of bishops for the Pan-Amazon is a frightening manifestation of the gravity of the situation,' he continued.

The document in question constitutes an apostasy from the apostolic faith.Tweet

'The document in question constitutes an apostasy from the apostolic faith by its denial of the unicity and universality of the redemptive incarnation of God the Son.'

He explained the reasons for authoring 'The Declaration of the truths relating to some of the most common errors in the life of the Church of our time,' written with co-author Bp. Athanasius Schneider, as their attempt to provide clarity in a time of grave confusion.

The purpose of the declaration was 'to promote and defend the truth of our Catholic faith in the face of confusion and error and division.'

As a result of the declaration, 'We were accused of disloyalty to the pontiff,' Burke told the audience.



He went point by point through the declaration, punctuating his speech with reflections on the 'growing confusion' in the Church today fostered under the current pontiff.

'The See of Peter ... appears to favor the confusion, which daily increases,' he lamented, going on to note that the mark of a good shepherd is 'to protect the flock against error, confusion and division.'

Quoting St. Boniface, Burke said, 'The watchdog who does not bark when there is a threat to the flock is useless and harmful' - a remark met with applause.

'Confusion is never good,' he later said. 'Confusion is always the work of the devil. Always has been and always will be' - another comment greeted with applause.

The watchdog who does not bark when there is a threat to the flock is useless and harmful.Tweet

Addressing the issue of homosexuality, Burke made clear that the declaration reiterates the teachings of the Catholic Church in the face of today's erroneous beliefs that active gay sexuality is a good.

'Now, homosexual acts in certain circumstances are considered to be good and loving,' he said, contrary to Catholic teaching.

He also addressed the controversial Abu Dhabi Statement, signed by Pope Francis, which includes the claim, 'The pluralism and the diversity of religions, color, sex, race and language are willed by God in his wisdom, through which he created human beings.'

The Christian religion centered on Jesus Christ 'is the only religion positively willed by God.' The room erupted in loud clapping.

A Q&A session followed, where Burke answered questions about canon law, the magisterium, the purpose of synods, the power of adoration and the Rosary, and the future of the Traditional Latin Mass, among other things.

'It was Pope John Paul II, who was not a canon lawyer himself but saw that this confusion and disorder were causing a terrible suffering in the Church - and he brought this work to completion,' said Burke, referring to the 1983 Code of Canon Law.

'You cannot have a peaceful, loving society unless you have good order,' the cardinal said, going on to emphasize the need to protect 'the sacred realities in the Church and among ourselves - that's the purpose of canon law in the Church. How can we protect the truths of the Church unless we protect sacramental law?'

In response to a question about the role of synods, Burke made clear that a synod 'has nothing to do with changing doctrine.'

He noted that the Amazon Synod is 'one of the distressing things going on right now,' that it's 'being misused as a tool to advance a certain agenda. One obvious one right now is the perpetual continence of the clergy [and] a weakening of the Church's teaching on sexual morality.'

He also had strong words to offer about the magisterium and papal infallibility.

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'In the past, very seldom did popes make public statements because he didn't want to confuse the faithful,' said Burke. 'At present we have a pope who talks a lot' - earlier commenting that the magisterium only encompasses what the pope teaches in a formal way.

'He doesn't do this by interviews on airplanes,' he noted. The remark was followed by laughter.

'It's ridiculous and it's absolutely contrary to what the Church has always understood to state that every word that comes out of the pope's mouth is part of the magisterium,' he insisted. 'That's just wrong.'

He condemned this belief as 'papalotry' and reiterated that 'the Church has never taught that.'

On the canonization of St. John Henry Newman, Burke expressed his delight that he had been raised to the altars, cautioning that his writing is often taken out of context by some, who twist his teaching on 'conscience' to justify sin.

He also addressed fears that the Traditional Latin Mass might one day be 'banned' by the Holy See, saying that Pope Benedict's motu proprio Summorum Pontificum 'has a strong, a real foothold in this country, but also around the world, like in Germany and France.'

'I can't imagine that would happen,' he said, referring to its eventual prohibition.

He also dismissed claims that the Latin Mass would come to an end as soon as the elderly population died out.

'I can tell you as a bishop and a cardinal, when I celebrate the Traditional Mass in the Extraordinary Form, there are some old people like me, but I can tell you there are a greater number of young people' - another comment that was met with enthusiastic applause.

'There are enemies of the Extraordinary Form; we know that,' he acknowledged, 'but I don't think that they're going to prevail.'

In response to a question about the current status of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), he said, 'Pope Benedict was very well disposed toward them because he had worked with Abp. Marcel LeFebvre, because he had worked with them at the time the rupture took place, the schism.'

'He wanted to reconcile them,' he said. 'It didn't happen.'

A long line formed after the talk for photos, signatures and blessings from the cardinal

'I know this, I've been told this,' Burke continued. 'Pope Francis would very much like to reconcile them. But a reconciliation has to be real ... and there are questions that have to be answered that haven't been answered yet.'

'How would they be received into the Church? Would they have a status like the Anglicans?' he asked. He mentioned two Vatican II documents - Nostra Aetate and Dignitatis Humanae - which continue to be a stumbling block towards full reconciliation.

He also discussed the power and necessity of eucharistic adoration and the Rosary to change the world.

These are 'two of the most powerful ways of helping ourselves and helping the whole Church,' he emphasized. 'I've seen this infallibly, that where there's eucharistic adoration, the life of the fmaily and parish and vocations are coming.'

The Rosary is intimately connected to the Eucharist, in that 'in the Rosary we are meditating on the whole mysery of faith.'

The session was followed by dinner and then an hour of eucharistic adoration at the parish of Assumption Grotto in Detroit, which sponsors Call to Holiness and where Fr. Perrone is pastor.

Past Call to Holiness conferences have included guests like Bp. Athanasius Schneider, Bp. Fabian Bruskewitz, Fr. Peter Stravinskas, Mother Angelica and Dr. Alice von Hildebrand, among many others.

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Papal interviewer: "So many bishops" disagree with Francis but are "afraid" to say so

JEANNE SMITS reports for Paris correspondent LifeSiteNews - Vittorio Messori, a famous Italian convert, journalist, and interviewer of two popes, has accused Pope Francis of 'touching' the doctrine, of 'laying his hands on that which the pope should instead be defending.' He said as much in a wider interview this Monday with the Italian media La Verità on the occasion of the republishing of the book he wrote after his conversion, Jesus Hypotheses. Last September, in a similar interview with La Fede Quotidiana, he said: 'The Church is not of Bergoglio or of the bishops, but only of Christ.'

One interview was given before the Amazon Synod, underscoring the concerns that had already arisen about the synod's agenda. The other appeared after the three weeks of harrowing news coming out of Rome, but it did not record any reactions of Messori to the more spectacular events surrounding the synod, such as the 'Pachamama' worship in the Vatican gardens.

He did speak of Pope Francis's failure to 'defend the doctrine,' calling him 'the first pope who often seems to give a reading of the Gospel that does not follow tradition.'

Vittorio Messori recalled, however, that the 'Church will not fail.'

Messori is well known in Italy and over the world for his book-length interview with Pope John Paul II (Crossing the Treshold of Hope). With the future Pope Benedict XVI, he published another full-length interview, the Ratzinger Report.

Born to a rationalist, agnostic family, he experienced a stunning conversion when he read the New Testament as a 23-year-old young man, and he became a respected journalist who frequently writes about religious issues. He told La Fede Quotidiana that criticizing Pope Francis is not allowed in the 'Church of mercy,' having personally faced pressure at Il Corriere della Sera to discontinue his collaboration after such an article.

Here is the part of Messori's interview with La Verità on October 28 where he speaks of Pope Francis:

'Today with Bergoglio we have the impression that they want to get their hands on doctrine in some way. The pope is the guardian of the depositum fidei. After the Council, the three great popes Paul VI, John Paul II and Benedict XVI greatly modernized the spirit with which to read and live out the Gospel, but they never permitted themselves to touch the doctrine,' he said.

Asked about Pope Francis, he answered:

'The impression is that Bergoglio is laying his hands on that which the pope should instead be defending. The doctrine, as it developed in 2,000 years of study, was entrusted to the pope who must defend it, and not change it. Today we get the impression that this is precisely what is happening, and it is especially alarming to believers. The same Bergoglio recently acknowledged that some people are meditating a schism. He also states he is not afraid of that.'

Questioned about his 'personal feeling' about this, he said:

'Certainly there will be no schism, but the concern is strong because we are facing the first pope who often seems to give a reading of the Gospel that does not follow tradition.'

On September 17, Vittorio Messori told La Fede Quotidiana:

'I see that many Catholics are concerned; some are even desperate. As a believer, however, I remember that the Church is not a business, a multinational or a state. In short, it cannot fail. Of course, there are reasons for alarm: I am thinking, for example, of the upcoming Synod on the Amazon and the errors related to it. I do not know what they want to achieve, probably the marriage of priests. However I am worried, but not desperate, because the Church is not of Bergoglio or of the bishops, but only of Christ and He governs it with wisdom. The forces of evil will not win.'

'Do you think there is a certain fundamental confusion?' asked journalist Bruno Volpe.

'Yes, it is present, and it saddens and confuses. But I think that in the end the Father will intervene. God surpasses our limited capacity to see things.'

To the question: 'Do you think there is a kind of conformism, even in the media, about Pope Francis?,' Messori replied:

'The conformism to which you refer indeed exists. But it is palpable even within the Church. It is disconcerting that only two or three nonagenarian cardinals actually speak out and protest. There are so many bishops and even cardinals with whom I speak in private who lift their hands to their heads to show their dissent, but they are afraid, they say nothing, they are silent. For 2,000 years, harming the pope has been discouraged, but this tendency is accentuated today and one can clearly experience it firsthand. They say that this is the Church of mercy, but is it really? Those in command do not tolerate critical voices of any kind. I wrote a polite article in the Corriere in which I asked questions and offered reflections and I was covered with insults, especially by certain Catholic media. A committee was formed to ask the Corriere to put an end to my collaboration. This committee resembles - to use a fashionable expression - the 'magic lily' [team of close supporters of former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi] of the pope. Where is the consistency with the statement that this is the Church of mercy, of open and loyal dialogue, of parresia? I am worried, as I said, but not desperate. Christ does not abandon his Church.'

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Plenary Indulgences for the first full week in November (November 1st-8th)

RORATE CAELI reminds us that there are several plenary indulgences available for the first week in November, beginning today, November 1st, All Saints Day. They are the following:

For the faithful departed

§ 1. A plenary indulgence, applied exclusively to the souls in Purgatory, is granted to the Christian faithful who:

1° on each single day, from the first to the eighth day in November, devoutly visit a cemetery and, even if only mentally, pray for the faithful departed; [Note: one plenary indulgence for each day, if the usual conditions are met]

2° on the day of Commemoration of All Faithful Departed [November 2] (or, according to the Ordinary, on the preceding or subsequent Sunday, or on the day of the solemnity of All Saints) piously visit a church or oratory and there recite the Pater and the Credo.

(Reference: Enchiridion Indulgentiarum, 4th edition, al. concessiones.)

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Texas government agency argues that families don't matter for raising children. Why that's a big problem

MADELEINE JACOB reports for LifeSiteNews - In June, Texas Child Protective Services (CPS) forcibly removed four-year-old Drake Pardo from his parents' home without following procedure and without proper justification for his removal. Almost four months later, Drake was finally placed in the home of a family friend, and was only allowed to go home after the Texas Supreme Court intervened.

And the case isn't over yet - Mr. and Mrs. Pardo still have to argue in a lower court that they should be allowed to raise their son.

The reason for Drake's seizure? His parents had the audacity to seek a second medical opinion.

When he was in government custody, Drake was only allowed to see his mom and dad once a week. The kind of trauma this inflicts on a young child cannot be understated.

The tragedy of the situation is the CPS caseworker and supervisor for the case admitted under oath that they didn't follow procedure. Even the hospital "child abuse physician" who initially reviewed Drake's case stated she was surprised he was removed from his home. Even she hadn't recommended removal, just a visit.

One would presume that would be the end of the story. Send the boy home; clearly there was a misunderstanding, rules were broken, and CPS's response was excessive for the situation. A government worker's admission under oath that CPS broke its own rules and handled the situation improperly wasn't enough to make its actions null and void.

Instead, it took an intervention from the Texas Supreme Court to finally allow Drake to go home, and now his parents still have to fight to keep custody of him.

The foundation of CPS's argument to the Texas Supreme Court was that since Drake received the same medical treatment while in the state's custody as the treatment his parents had agreed to provide him, there should be no reason for the Pardos to be upset or concerned about their child being away from home.

CPS is arguing that the child's physical needs - food and medical care - are his only real needs. We know from past child development research that children (and all human beings) have needs beyond just physical preservation. Babies who aren't held have distinct biological markers from those who are held, indicating holding a baby impacts his or her genetic expression. Lack of touch can even lead to infant death.

The implications of CPS's argument are truly appalling. For a government agency to argue in court that governmental care and familial care can easily be interchanged sets a terrifying precedent - a precedent that could soon enable the government to remove children from their parents for no other reason than a claim that governmental care and familial care are equivalent.

This argument, if taken to its full conclusion, leads us down a very dark road. It's like something out of a dystopian novel:

Government is just as capable of raising your children as you are (we have already accepted this lie by entrusting our children to public school education without question).

Children don't need to live with their biological parents. They don't even need to live with parents!

Once you have children, we'll whisk them away to live elsewhere. They'll get food and medical care, so why should you care if they're here instead of with you? Maybe you can see them once a week.

Although the progression may seem like a severe exaggeration, it is logical if you accept the premise that meeting the basic, physical needs of a child is all that is required for raising children.

The problem is that these insanities have developed little by little, one small concession at a time.

Look at what happened with the explosion of abortion. Thanks to artificial birth control, society removed the procreative nature of sex. Abortion followed. Now, politicians are arguing it should be legal to kill babies even after they are born.

Is it that difficult to imagine cultural attitudes toward the family shifting slowly, bit by bit, until the idea of the state taking all children and raising them in a compound while parents work and are monitored by Big Brother 24/7 seems normal? The family is already degrading through divorce, absent parents, demanding jobs, and the pervasive selfishness of our culture.

The family is the building block of society. It is in a family that a person learns morals, values, and good character. Most importantly, families are where children learn to love, and where they are loved in a way that can never compare to government "care."

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Catholics barricade themselves in church to prevent demolition

CNA reports ~ Priests and parishioners have barricaded themselves in a Catholic church in the Chinese province of Hebei. According to reports, the Catholics are attempting to prevent the Chinese government from tearing down the Church.

The protest began at 6am Thursday morning at the church in Wu Gao Zhang, part of the Guantao district of Hebei, on the coast of northern China. Officials have ordered that the church be destroyed even though it is fully recognized and approved by the government. According to the website AsiaNews, local authorities have said the building lacks appropriate permits.

In September 2017, China enacted strict new regulations concerning religion. Since then, authorities have been vigilant in enforcing permitting requirements. Churches that are not found to be in compliance are destroyed.

According to AsiaNews, many Chinese Catholics say that last September’s Sino-Vatican Agreement has served to embolden the government to take punitive action against Catholics who did not belong to state-approved churches.

Officials have reportedly claimed that “the Vatican supports us” and have ordered an additional 40 churches be destroyed.

For decades, the Church in China was split between the “Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association,” a state-run Church under the control of Chinese Communist Party, and the underground Church that was in full communion with the Holy See. The 2018 agreement, the details of which have not been released, was intended to unify the two ecclesiastical communities, although multiple reports out of China have indicated that priests and laity who refuse to worship at government-run churches are have faced increased persecution.

In the provinces of Jiangxi and Fujian in eastern China, priests who refused to sign agreements binding them to regulations government have been forced out of their homes, and their churches have been closed. The Chinese government has forbidden non-compliant priests from traveling, and many have been forced to go into hiding.

In July and August, at least five Catholic churches in the Yujiang diocese were forcibly shut down by the government, due to their refusal to join the CPCA. In mid-August, government officials threatened to arrest an underground priest and revoke basic government subsidies to all Catholics in the city of Yingtan after their parish refused to join the state-sponsored Church.

“The government places spies in CPCA churches to specially monitor what priests say in their sermons and what activities they hold,” a priest from Yujiang reported to the magazine Bitter Winter. The Chinese government monitors the everyday activity of CPCA priests, their travel.

“Basically, the state knows everything about the priests,” he added.

Chinese persecution of religious minorities has been the focus of sustained international scrutiny. The country is estimated to have imprisoned millions of Uighur Muslims, and is leading human rights groups have reported to the United Nation that political dissidents and imprisoned religious minorities have been subjected to organ harvesting for use in the country’s organ trade.

In September, reports emerged that churches belonging to the Chinese state-run “Three-Self Patriotic Movement” Protestant denomination have been ordered to replace displays of the Ten Commandments with sayings of Chinese president Xi Xinping.

The directive reportedly came after Three-Self churches were initially told to remove the First Commandment, “You shall have no gods before me,” as Jinping disagreed with it.

Reports indicate that those who have refused to remove any or all of the Ten Commandments have been imprisoned, with leaders and worshippers harassed even in churches that complied with the instruction.


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Once More Trump keeps abortion out at UN Security Council

S YoshiharaSUSAN YOSHIHARA, Ph.D.reports for the FridayFax ~ For the second year in a row, the U.S. kept abortion-related language out of a UN Security Council resolution on women in crisis and conflict. It is a victory for the Trump administration, which has been pushing to eliminate the phrase “sexual and reproductive health” from UN documents. It is a blow to Europeans who insist that abortion be funded as humanitarian aid.

The U.S. had wanted to go further and eliminate from the resolution any reference to other documents that mention the term. U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN Kelly Craft said after the unanimous vote to adopt the resolution, “We cannot accept references to ‘sexual and reproductive health,’ nor any references to ‘safe termination of pregnancy’ or language that would promote abortion or suggest a right to abortion.”

Under the Obama administration, references to “sexual and reproductive health” appeared in two versions of the recurring resolution on Women Peace and Security, promoted by France and other European nations and supported by UN Women and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. This week, the Trump administration was willing to break with the typical practice of reaffirming all previous iterations of the resolution in order to avoid reference to them.

This is the second time in recent months that the Europeans were defeated in attempts to include abortion in the Women Peace and Security agenda. They were stopped in April when the U.S. threatened to veto the last iteration of the resolution.

The US position has changed abortion politics at the UN. The term “sexual and reproductive health” was allowed to proliferate as long as it could be kept ambiguous: pro-life, mostly developing, countries could claim it did not include abortion while still accepting reproductive health funding from donor nations.

The diplomatic bargain of deliberate ambiguity, worked out in the halls of UN negotiating rooms, is not enforced on the ground. Donors, mostly Europeans, who define the term as including abortion, include it in foreign aid. UN agencies and implementing partners use the ambiguity to include abortion even where it is restricted, and to advocate for further liberalization as a matter of rights, though it is not in any UN agency’s official mandate or any UN human rights treaty.

Reflective of this tactic, a spokesperson for the abortion litigation firm, Center for Reproductive Rights, told reporters this week that the term is about premature labor, low birthweight, and sexually transmitted diseases, and called the U.S. position of debating the term “arcane.” The U.S. State Department removed the term from its annual human rights report citing such double speak.

The Security Council debate shows the US is willing to push back at the accusations of its allies. European nations, including America’s close allies, Britain and France, accuse the U.S. of violating the Geneva Conventions. They referred to the Helms Amendment to U.S. foreign aid law, which forbids funding abortion. In fact, there is no such provision in the laws of war, and it does not control application of domestic law.


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CANADA Diocese recommends youth ministers read books by dissidents who endorse homosexuality, women priests

LIANNE LAURENCE reports for (LifeSiteNews - The diocese of Hamilton, Ontario, is refusing to explain why a summer reading guide for youth ministers included books by notorious Catholic dissenters who advocate for, among other things, the ordination of women as "priests" and the normalization of homosexuality within the Catholic Church.

Director of youth ministry Christina Mines referred LifeSiteNews to diocesan chancellor Msgr. Murray Kroetsch when asked about the list. "We have no comment," Msgr. Kroetsch told LifeSiteNews when asked if Bishop Douglas Crosby approved the recommendations.

The list for youth ministers, who oversee the faith formation of Catholics ages 11 to 17, includes Fr. Richard McBrien's The Church: The Evolution of Catholicism, Fr. James Martin's My Life With the Saints, Susan Sink's Art in the Saint John's Bible, Scott Kline's The Ethical Being: A Catholic Guide to Contemporary Issues, and Fr. Ron Rolheiser's The Holy Longing: The Search for Christian Spirituality.

The preeminent dissenter of these is the late McBrien, the one-time Crowley-O'Brien Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame who brazenly supported the ordination of women as "priests," the repeal of mandatory priestly celibacy, and the acceptance of contraception, as noted in his 2015 New York Times obituary.

McBrien also infamously opined that "if" Jesus had married, "it's only a short putt to Mary Magdalene" as his likely spouse, as quoted by Ronald J. Rychlak in a 2005 summary of McBrien's oeuvre on CatholicCulture.org.

A media favourite and consultant for 2006 anti-Catholic film The DaVinci Code, McBrien was adroit at appearing solid enough in the faith to have "cover when he wants to deny that he departs in any way from Catholic teaching," Rychlak wrote. That suggests McBrien's work holds particular dangers for young people.

Moreover, after McBrien published the first edition of his major work, Catholicism, in 1981, "(a)lmost immediately the doctrinal committee of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops pointed out serious problems with it and asked McBrien to make revisions. The third edition was released in 1994 - still without an imprimatur," noted Rychlak.

The Vatican Secretariat for Doctrine and Pastoral Practices announced after two years' study that Catholicism was "inaccurate or misleading in describing Church teachings on the virgin birth, the ordination of women, and other issues," he added. McBrien not only "failed to remove the previously noted ambiguities from the previous editions, but he had introduced new ones."

Fr. Martin, SJ, also recommended for Hamilton's youth ministers, is an LGBTQ advocate who consistently omits mention that the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that homosexual activity is intrinsically disordered and that same-sex attraction itself is an objective disorder.

The celebrity priest and editor-at-large for liberal-leaning Jesuit America Magazine recently questioned the Bible's condemnation of homosexuality, earning him a rebuke from a U.S. bishop and a cardinal, and floated the canard that recently canonized Cardinal John Henry Newman was "gay."

Martin also defended the annual retreat for "gay" priests held by New Ways Ministry, a dissident group long condemned by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, then accused LifeSiteNews of "homophobia at its most malign" for publishing an article describing the retreat as "a portal of hell."

As for others, Sink is an American writer and poet and author of the 2012 book Habits, about the Benedictine nuns of St. Joseph's, Minnesota. Sink advocates priestesses, describing in a 2011 blog post attending a "Mass presided over by a Roman Catholic woman priest." These women were "ordained as priests by male bishops or by women priests who were ordained by male bishops or, increasingly, women bishops" but are "not recognized by the Roman Catholic Church," asserts Sink.

"A few years ago, there was even a pronouncement that the act of being a woman ordained automatically excommunicates both the woman and whoever ordains her," she adds.

Kline's The Ethical Being: A Catholic Guide to Contemporary Issues, drew this response on Amazon: "Threw this book in the trash after reading what it had to say about sexual issues. The opinion was not Catholic and not interesting." Interim president and vice chancellor of St. Jerome's University, Waterloo, Kline talks about his relationship with known dissenter, ex-priest and homosexual Gregory Baum in a 2017 Faith Works video, describing how he sought to study under Baum at McGill.

Fr. Rolheiser espoused doctrinally incorrect views on hell in a May 9, 2019 column, stating "many of our great saints" believed "the final triumph of God's love will be when Lucifer himself converts, returns to heaven, and hell is finally empty. Fanciful? No."

Kerry Weber is executive editor of America Magazine and frequently retweets Fr. Martin and other controversial people.

Adèle Darnowski, former member of the elite pro-life rescue group Lambs of Christ who lived in Ontario as a teenager, gave the list a scathing critique.

"I am a mother of 10 homeschooled children, and this list of summer reading books is precisely why I stay away from most everything diocesan and keep my children away too!" she told LifeSiteNews in an email.

"It's also the reason that I stay away from Catholic Youth Ministry in general. What a load of garbage! The people who compiled this reading list and their superiors should be immediately removed from their positions. They are endangering young souls, and very likely purposely. Hell is real! It's real easy to get there," Darnowski said.

"I could see someone letting one heretical author through unknowingly, but almost the entire list is comprised of bad, bad people, with super bad agendas!"

That's echoed by her husband, Douglas, a biology professor.

"My opinion, put bluntly since I am a American by birth, and, even worse, a New Yorker: the person who has come up with this list is either 1) really dumb, perhaps willfully, perhaps from the modern desire to just go along with everyone to get along with everyone, a false gospel, or 2) a phony Catholic who has a real goal to undermine and destroy, since that list of authors will do exactly that, undermine and destroy," he said.

"Fr. Martin, whose book is on the list, has just called Holy Scripture wrong on homosexuality, or rather he has done so in a dishonest way by just saying enough so that everyone understands what he means. He then leaves just enough doubt so that the people in category 1) above will say 'Oh, wait, but maybe what meant was … ' in the usual whiny effeminate voice," added Darnowski père.

"Please God, someone in Hamilton (the bishop maybe?) will have the honesty and decency to slap this list of trash to the curb. We can always dream."

To respectfully express your concerns, contact:

Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., D.D.

700 King Street West

Hamilton, Ontrio, L8P 1C7

Send Email

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BRAZIL "Demonic sacrilege": Bishop condemns Vatican gardens Pachamama' ritual

MARTIN M. BARILLAS reports for LifeSiteNews -- A Brazilian bishop said that Pope Francis' Oct. 4 ceremony in the Vatican gardens prior to the opening of the Amazon Synod, where people prostrated themselves before a wooden statue of a naked pregnant woman (Pachamama), constituted a 'scandalous, demonic sacrilege.'

'Mother Earth should not be worshipped because everything, even the earth, is under the dominion of Jesus Christ. It is not possible that there are spirits with power equal or superior to Our Lord or of the Virgin Mary,' said Bishop Emeritus José Luis Azcona Hermoso of the Brazilian city of Marajó said in an Oct. 20 homily at the cathedral in the state of Pará.

To the applause of the congregation, the bishop added, nearly shouting: 'Pachamama is not and never will be the Virgin Mary. To say that this statue represents the Virgin is a lie. She is not Our Lady of the Amazon because the only Lady of the Amazon is Mary of Nazareth. Let's not create syncretistic mixtures. All of that is impossible: the Mother of God is the Queen of Heaven and earth.'

'The invocation of the statues before which even some religious bowed at the Vatican (and I won't mention which congregation they belong) is an invocation of a mythical power, of Mother Earth, from which they ask blessings or make gestures of gratitude. These are scandalous demonic sacrileges, especially for the little ones who are not able to discern,' he added later in the homily.



The Spanish-born bishop said that a genuine illumination from the Holy Spirit, which 'our dear Pope Francis has mentioned so often,' is required to understand the much-debated synod. 'We should distinguish between what comes from Satan or from the human mind, from what is of the Holy Spirit. This discernment is fundamental in order to belong to the Church and even more so to evangelize.'

Azcona recalled that REPAM [Pan Amazon Church Network], a Catholic network that largely prepared the Amazon Synod and which is presided over by Cardinal Cláudio Hummes, held a meeting in Brasilia, months before the synod, in which were held 'indigenous rituals with invocations and prayers in which some bishops participated.'

'These are fundamental issues, and here in Amazonian we know the meaning of macumba or condomblè, which are quite prevalent here.' Widespread in northeastern Brazil, macumba and condomblè are afro-Brazilian cults that involve propitiation of various gods and goddesses, dances, incantations and sacrifices.

On Friday, Pope Francis confirmed that the controversial statues of a nude pregnant woman at the Vatican Gardens ceremony, and then processed into St. Peter's Basilica and kept at a side altar at the Church of Santa Maria in Traspontina, symbolize the 'Pachamama.' This was despite earlier affirmations by Vatican spokesmen that the statues represented the value of human life. Referring to the statues' removal from the Traspontina church, the Pope asked pardon for those offended. He informed the synod that Italian police had recovered the statues that had been thrown into the River Tiber.

During his homily, Azcona also spoke of the spiritual dangers of incorporating native rituals and cosmology to Catholic liturgy and practice. He lamented that 'nowhere in the Instrumentum Laboris is there talk of the presence of demons or their influence, of their wickedness in people, peoples and cultures, as well as the victory of Christ, His liberation and destruction of the power of the Malignant.' He cautioned that the Church is on the brink of schism.

Observers have noted that high-ranking clergy have been caught participating in pagan rites long before the just-concluded Amazonian synod. In 2015, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravassi -- who presides over the Pontifical Council for Culture -- participated in a sacred circle dance to reverence Pachamama, organized by the Ecumenical Social Forum in San Marcos Sierras, a village in the Argentine province of Cordoba. Also participating was Sister Maria Teresa Varela, the vice-president of the Forum.

Equalling Bishop Azcona's condemnation was Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Kazakhstan. In an open letter, Bishop denounced the Pachamama statue at the Amazon Synod. On Saturday, he called on all Catholics to protest the idol's presence at the Vatican and to offer reparation for the offense caused by what he called a 'new golden calf.' In the Old Testament, the Israelites who waited for the return of Moses and the Ten Commandments from Mount Zion, but worshipped an idol in place of the true God.

Schneider wrote: 'Syncretism and paganism are like poisons entering the veins of the Mystical Body of Christ, the Church.'

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ITALY Bishops' mission org publishes "prayer to Pachamama" in official booklet

JEANNE SMITS reports for LifeSiteNews - A prayer to Pachamama, the 'Mother Earth' venerated by indigenous tribes such as the Aymara and Quechua in the Andes but also in the northern plains of Argentina and in Brazil near Bolivia and Peru, has been found in an official booklet of the Fondazione Missio (Mission Foundation) of the Italian bishops' conference.

The prayer is presented without warning about the fact that it is addressed not to God - another prayer in the publication, written in the same letter-type and the same color scheme, is addressed to the 'Most Holy Trinity' - but to a pagan divinity, asking for material prosperity and aiming to placate the spirits of the Earth.

The booklet is part of a series of resources presenting the work and aims of the Catholic mission and its missionaries, with a special focus on the Amazon Synod that took place in Rome from October 6 to October 27.

It was published before the opening of the synod. The presence of the 'Pachamama' in an official publication of de Italian bishops' mission agency suggests that both the group comprising indigenous natives of the Amazon region and their European-type accompaniers and the Catholic hierarchy in Rome were fully aware of the 'Mother Earth'-type cult with syncretic Christian overtones that repeated itself in the Vatican gardens and the church of Santa Maria in Traspontina near Saint Peter's Basilica and at an 'Amazonian' Via Crucis.

This sheds a whole new light on the presence of the carved wooden images of naked pregnant women whom Pope Francis himself designated as 'Pachamama' statuettes.

The 30 pages of the booklet, which is dedicated to the 'animation' and 'formation' of the faithful in view of the Amazon Synod, is available (in Italian) here under the title Sinodo sull'Amazzonia. It explains how REPAM, the ecclesiastical network for the pan-Amazonian region, was created in 2014 in order to help the Church 'walk together' with its inhabitants, especially the indigenous tribes who still live there according to their ancestral traditions, some of them refusing all contact with the rest of the world.

It contains astonishing statements such as this one: 'The Amazonian basin contains 20% of the unfrozen fresh water of the planet. Out of every 5 glasses of water you drink, one comes from the Amazon river.'

Remarkably, the booklet also uses multiple phrases and concepts that can now be found in the final document of the synod, lifted out from the preparatory document (2018) and the working document (instrumentum laboris, June 2019). Neither of these used the word 'Pachamama,' but the second frequently mentioned 'Madre Tierra,' which is the Spanish translation of the concept of Pachamama, 'Mother Earth,' or 'Mother of the Universe.'

Indigenous ceremonies to the Pachamama involve different rites, including the most important that takes place at the beginning of August, when 'Mother Earth' is supposedly tired and worn out. The rite consists in singing, dancing, and drinking around a blanket on which offerings are placed, some of them burned or smoked ritually, to 'feed' the Earth that nourishes but that also destroys and kills by earthquakes and other catastrophes when men use too many of her resources, according to pagan legends. The ritual is led by a local shaman.

Often a hole is dug in the ground, symbolizing the Pachamama's womb, and burnt offerings - including the highly sought after llama fetus, which is supposed to bring luck and riches - are ritually tipped into it.

Male and female shamans will take part in conducting these ceremonies.

Historically, before the arrival of the Spanish conquerors, the Incan cult to Pachamama included human sacrifice, often of children aged 7 or 8, whose death was supposed to placate the Earth 'divinity,' to avert her anger and to obtain prosperity. So were 200 youngsters offered up to accompany the crowning of Pachacutec in Cuzco, somewhere between 1530 and 1540. The sacrifice often took the form of freezing the children to death after having drugged them with coca, the sacred plant of many indigenous tribes in South America. Mummies of sacrificed children have been found that confirm the truth of the practice of human sacrifice to Pachamama in particular.

Vestiges of the Pachamama cult were to be found in the 1960s, but since then, the 'Mother Earth' rhetoric has become more visible, if not mainstream, within the indigenous communities of some of the Andean regions. Evo Morales, indigenous president of Bolivia since 2006, played an important role in the recovery of pre-Columbian customs and rites; he even went so far as to include a mention of the syncretic 'cosmogony' of the indigenous in the Bolivian constitution.

In November 2014, cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, participated in a Pachamama rite during which the main officiator and representative of the Institute of Aboriginal Cultures (ICA), Victor Acebo, presented a lengthy and plaintive speech about the pagan 'spirituality' of 'Mother Earth.' The speech, in Spanish, was clearly understandable on the 'Atrio de los gentiles' website, in a video that appears since to have been pulled from the site. The 'Courtyard of the Gentiles' was an initiative of Pope Benedict XVI in 2009 to invite non-Catholics and atheists to discover the Catholic faith. In Argentina in 2014, it worked the other way round.

Pachamama was therefore not altogether unknown in Rome when a series of brown and black statuettes of native, naked, pregnant women with their blood-red wombs and fetuses clearly visible - as they are in modern-day depictions of the Mother Earth - made their debut in the city.

Nor can the meaning and sense of the Pachamama 'prayer' included in an official booklet of the mission agency of the Italian bishops' conference have been ignored, especially since said document can be found on particular websites of Italian dioceses, such as Bergamo.

Michael Hichborn of the Lepanto Institute published an English translation of the Italian text of the prayer on his Facebook page.

Here is the full prayer, as translated from the Italian:

Pachamama of these places,

drink and eat as much as you like of these offerings,

so that this land may be fruitful.

Pachamama, good Mother

Be propitious! Be propitious!

Let the oxen walk well,

and let them not get tired.

Make the seed taste good,

that nothing bad happen to it,

that frost may not disrupt it,

that it produce good food.

We ask you:

give us everything.

Be propitious! Be propitious!


(Prayer to the Mother Earth of the Inca peoples)

Interestingly, the original Quechua version of the prayer and its Spanish modern translation are slightly different.

The first two lines read as follows:

Pachamama of these places,

Drink, chew coca, and eat as much as you like of these offerings…

Apparently the Fondazione Missio were wary of the 'chewing coca' part, coca being illegal in almost all countries except Bolivia and a few others, where its traditional use is permitted. While viewed by U.N. as an addictive substance, the coca leaf is considered sacred by the indigenous tribes of the Andes, and its mastication is credited with many virtues: it is rich in vitamins, diminishes appetite, and works as a stimulant.

On the other hand, while the production of cocaine from the coca leaf requires a number of complex chemical processes, it acts as a drug even when simply chewed, procuring hallucinations and other effects of a natural narcotic. As such, it was widely used in traditional indigenous rites. It plays an important part in the Pachamama ritual, in particular because of its 'stimulating' characteristics, and it is also used to divine the future.

The expunged version of the Pachamama prayer was used at a missionary vigil in Verona, according to a photo of part of the ceremony leaflet posted by a commentator under Michael Hichborn's Facebook message.

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UNITED KINGDOM Pope criticised by child sex-abuse inquiry after Vatican refuses to send crucial evidence

GABRIELLA SWERLING, Daily Telegraph social and religious affairs editor reports ~ The Pope has been criticised by the government-ordered child sex abuse inquiry after the Vatican refused to provide crucial evidence.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has repeatedly asked the Holy See about whether officials in Rome assisted convicted paedophile Laurence Soper while he was fugitive monk wanted in Britain for child abuse offences.

The Inquiry has asked the Holy See three times about how Soper was able to make regular withdrawals from his private Vatican Bank account without the British authorities - who had issued an international arrest warrant - being notified.

Last week The Telegraph reported that