Tagged: Amazon Ceremony Controversy

These essays and articles address and respond to the false claims that a pagan ritual took place in the Vatican Gardens on October 4, 2019, that the wooden figure at the center of the ritual was a pagan idol that represented Pachamama, and that Amazonian Catholic spirituality is incompatible with Catholic Tradition.

A Catholic moral panic, two years on

Today marks exactly two years since a young Austrian convert to the Catholic faith, Alexander Tschugguel, stole five wooden figures of pregnant indigenous women from the Amazon from Santa Maria in Traspontina church in Rome in the early morning hours....

A Catholic moral panic, two years on

Pope Francis on Media Distortion

“At the Synod on Amazonia in Rome in October 2019 some groups in the Church and their media reported the presence of indigenous people through a continuously distorted lens. What was beautiful in that synod—the deep respect for indigenous culture...

Pope Francis on Media Distortion

Is this a divine punishment?

I think it’s completely natural for believers to look at this pandemic and the profound suffering it is causing and ask themselves “why?” The Catechism calls the experience of suffering and evil a “scandal” before going on to say, “If...

Is this a divine punishment?

Cardinal Burke’s Poisoned Well

In a recent interview with the National Catholic Register, Cardinal Raymond Burke once again criticizes an apostolic exhortation from Pope Francis. Querida Amazonia, the result of the most recent synod on the Amazon, summarizes Pope Francis’s vision of the Amazonian...

Cardinal Burke’s Poisoned Well

Narratives that Colonize

Narratives are powerful. Narratives help frame issues and events, making them accessible and more easily understood. Within a world full of confusion and “information overload,” narratives can provide meaning and clarity on complicated issues and controversies. But it is also...

Narratives that Colonize