I recently reported that at the Amazon synod, Pope Francis created a stir by pondering the possibility of married priests.

But that wasn’t the only significant controversy associated with the event.  A video going around shows a man throwing statues in the Tiber used in a Vatican garden ceremony and placed by an altar in Rome’s Church of Santa Maria in Transpontina.

The figures have been present at several events connected to the Vatican’s Amazon synod, and have been the subject of considerable controversy: some have characterized them as images of the Blessed Virgin Mary, others as the indigenous religious figure “Pachamama,” while Vatican spokesmen have characterized them more vaguely as symbols of “life.”

From the four-minute video it appears the event took place around dawn Oct. 21, when a person holding the video camera appears to enter the Church of Santa Maria in Traspontina. The church is in the immediate area of the Vatican, and has been the location of events at which the controversial carved figure of a woman has been present.

The rough translation of “Pachamama” is Mother Earth. This is an Andean goddess concerned with fertility, plenty, the feminine, generosity, and ripening crops, besides providing protection.

While no one has claimed responsibility, the men involved released a statement.

“This was done for only one reason: Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, his Blessed Mother, and everybody who follows Christ, are being attacked by members of our own Church. We do not accept this! We will no longer stay silent! We start to act NOW!

Because we love humanity, we cannot accept that people of a certain region should not get baptized and therefore are being denied entrance into heaven. It is our duty to follow the words of God, like our holy Mother did. There is not second way of salvation.

Apparently Vatican officials ignored the concerns of traditional believers who considered those figures akin to pagan fertility goddesses.

Even before the three-week Amazon synod opened on Oct. 6, conservative and traditionalist Catholics had blasted its agenda as a heretical celebration of paganism, given its deference to indigenous cultures and spirituality.

Their criticism reached a fever pitch at the synod opening, when Francis presided over a prayer service in the Vatican gardens featuring the statues of naked pregnant women that were presented to the pope. Conservatives said the “Pachamama” statutes were pagan idols; the Vatican said they were symbols of life and fertility.

Reports indicate that the Vatican is considering pressing charges once the identities of the statue grabbers are known.

Vatican spokesmen have reacted with outrage after a local Italian newspaper carried a story on the unceremonious immersion of the fertility idols with the headline “Justice is done.” REPAM, a Catholic network that advocates on behalf of Amazon peoples and is headed by Synod leader Cdl. Claudio Hummes, has condemned the act “of violence” in a statement published Monday.

“We deeply regret and at the same time denounce that in recent days we have been victims of acts of violence, which reflect religious intolerance, racism, oppressive attitudes, which affect above all indigenous peoples, a refusal to build new roads for the renewal of our Church,” the statement read.

Meanwhile, Catholics are deeply unhappy with the use of these figures at the heart of Catholicism.

Given how rapidly the public is turning against woke environmentalism, Catholic leaders should consider that those devoted to the faithl will clearly rebel against woke religion.


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