Edward Pentin at National Catholic Register gives us a look ahead at the next disaster in this Papacy of Calamities:
VATICAN CITY — The upcoming synod on the Amazonian region will be a time of “pastoral reflection, open to recognizing diversity” and “listening to the Amazonian reality with all its cultural and ecclesial facets,” Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, the general secretary of the Synod of Bishops told reporters at the launch of the meeting’s working document Monday.
Entitled “Amazonia, New Paths for the Church and for an Integral Ecology,” the Oct. 6-27 synod, the cardinal said, will comprise all the bishops from the vast region that encompasses Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, French Guyana, Guyana and Surinam, along with experts, heads of relevant cur\ial departments and several papal appointees.
Bishop Franz-Josef Overbeck of Essen, Germany, head of the German bishops’ Latin America commission which provides financial and pastoral support to Latin America, said in May that the synod will lead the Church to a “point of no return” and thereafter “nothing will be the same as it was.”
The new 64-page working document, called an instrumentum laboris, will form the basis of discussion and focuses on themes such as inculturation, “ecological conversion” and synodality. Cardinal Baldisseri said it draws on “extensive consultation” with the help of “qualified experts.”
The text is divided into three parts: the “voice of Amazonia,” involving a presentation of current reality of life in the region; “integral ecology,” examining the Amazon’s “ecological and pastoral problems,” and lastly, challenges and hopes of the “prophetic Church in Amazonia,” focusing on “ecological and pastoral issues” with an “Amazonian and missionary face.”
Within these sections are a number of controversial passages: It calls on bishops’ conferences with a “healthy decentralization” to “adapt the Eucharistic ritual to their cultures”; to study ordaining elders who may already have a “stable family” as priests to bring the sacraments to remote areas; and to identify an “official ministry that can be conferred on women.”
Other passages require the “teaching of Pan-Amazon indigenous theology” in “all educational institutions”; propose that “indigenous rituals and ceremonies are essential for integral health”; and invite the participants to “reconsider” the linking of Church authority with her sacramental, judicial, administrative duties, especially holy orders.
The document begins by noting that the synod must “increasingly become a privileged instrument for listening to the People of God,” and draws attention to a preparatory document published last year circulated to elicit feedback from the region through questionnaires.
Go here to read the rest. Let’s see, because the Church in South America has done a really crappy job regarding vocations over the past 500 years, it is time to jettison the Catholic Church and to form a new religion. May God stop them, and may God forgive them.