Synod of the Amazon

The Amazon Synod and the Church as Laughingstock

By Maureen Mullarkey, OnePeterFive, November 25, 2019 The synod is done. But the mutant thing lives on in its final document, “Amazonia: New Ways for the Church and for a Holistic Ecology.” Prudence and discretion, rationality itself, are baffled by its opening hysteria. The Amazon... read more


By Sandro Magister, 11/14/19 Thomas Michelet, a Dominican, teaches theology in Rome at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, “Angelicum.” He did not take part in the synod for the Amazon, but he followed its discussions, in particular on the ordination of married men to the... read more

The Political Pan-Amazon Synod?

NEWS ANALYSIS: A set of ideological presuppositions, derived from the political left and also rooted in some strands of liberation theology, informed both the synodal discussions and the synod’s final document. By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register, November 15, 2019 VATICAN CITY... read more

‘Act of true charity’: Bishop Schneider praises initiative calling Pope to repent for Pachamama idolatry

[Bishop Athanasius Schneider was the featured speaker at our 2017 Catholic Citizens of Illinois Annual Banquet.–Ed.] By Maike Hickson, LifeSite News, November 15, 2019 Bishop Athanasius Schneider, the auxiliary bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan, praised as an “act of true charity” a... read more

10 German Dioceses Push for Major Changes During Upcoming ‘Synodal Path’

According to a joint open letter released in Germany, vicars general say ‘fundamental reform’ is ‘essential’ and ask that accusations that participants are ‘lacking orthodoxy’ be avoided during the two-year synodal process. Edward Pentin Blog, November 6, 2019 Now that the... read more

Liberation theology never went away. It morphed into liberation ecology.

From Marx to Gaia By Dr. Samuel Gregg, Catholic World Report, October 23, 2019 Thirty years ago, the world rejoiced as the crack-up of Communism’s grip on Eastern Europe, forever symbolized by the Berlin Wall, began. This, however, created enormous dilemmas for prominent representatives... read more

Cardinal Burke: ‘I’m Called the Enemy of the Pope, Which I Am Not’ A conversation with Cardinal Raymond Burke.

By Ross Douthat, New York Times, November 9, 2019 In mid-October, while the Catholic Church’s internal debates were reaching another crescendo at a synod for the Amazon region held in Rome, I sat down with Cardinal Raymond Burke, best known as Pope Francis’s most vocal critic in the... read more

Former vicar general of Rome: Ordaining married men in Amazon a ‘wrong choice’

By Hannah Brockhaus, Catholic News Agency, November 5, 2019 Cardinal Camillo Ruini, who served as Vicar General of Rome for 17 years and was a close collaborator of St. John Paul II, has said he hopes Pope Francis will not allow an exception to priestly celibacy in the Amazon region. To the... read more

EXCLUSIVE: Bishop Schneider calls Amazon Synod a ‘tool’ to create ‘new kind of religion’

Claire Chretien, LifeSiteNews, November 4, 2019 Bishop Athanasius Schneider, the auxiliary bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan, has granted LifeSiteNews a lengthy video interview about the Amazon Synod and the state of the Catholic Church. Bishop Schneider is one of the most outspoken defenders of... read more
Alexander Tschugguel, Austria

The Man Who Threw the Pachamama Idols into the Tiber Reveals His Identity

By Steve Skojec, OnePeterFive, November 4, 2019 In a video released this morning, a young Austrian Catholic man named Alexander Tschugguel identifies himself as “the guy who threw the Pachamama idols into the river Tiber.” “But now, two weeks later, one week after the Amazon synod. We... read more

Lost in a Dark Wood: Final Thoughts on the Amazon Synod

[Dr. Robert Royal, editor-in-chief of The Catholic Thing, and president of the Faith & Reason Institute in Washington, D.C., was the featured speaker at our September 25 Catholic Citizens of Illinois annual banquet. His most recent book is A Deeper Vision: The Catholic Intellectual Tradition... read more

The Synod’s Dissenters