Church officials who call the Pachamamas introduced at the Amazon Synod “a symbol of fertility and motherhood” are performing a “dance of the wrong,” said Jesuit Father Mitchell Pacwa, 70, on EWTN (November 5, must-see video sequence below),
“Knock it off. We are not stupid. We are not. This is an idol.” Pacwa called the Pachamama cult “a goofy, superficial New Age thinking” that goes back to the 1970s.
He criticised the Pachamama adoration during the Amazon Synod, the Pachamama hymn in Lima Cathedral, and the Pachamama prayer of the Italian bishops.
Nevertheless, Pacwa defends those responsible for the scandal, “I’ll bet the bishops of Italy did not know that this was going on.” He prefers blaming the "major scandal" on some unknown “apparatchiks,” although Francis actively and very openly participated in it.
I heard this interview earlier today and thought it was excellent...right up until the point where he contradicted the thinking of someone "stupid" by supposing the bishops in Italy didn't know about Pachamama. That notion is beyond naive. If we dance around the real problem we will also dance around a real solution.
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