Ralph Wiltgen told us that at the Second Vatican Council the Rhine flowed into the Tiber, in other words, that German modernism had polluted Roman theology. The recent publication of the working document (Instrumentum Laboris) of the Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, which will be held in Rome from October 6 to 27, 2019, suggests that the Rhine will pollute the Amazon, before flowing once more into the Tiber.
According to Cardinal Pedro Barreto, Archbishop of Huancayo, Peru, this is “to Amazonize the Church, to Laudatoize society,” in reference to Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato si’ (2013). And as can be read in no. 25 of this working document: “The life of Amazon communities not yet influenced by Western civilization is reflected in the beliefs and rites regarding the actions of spirits, of the many-named divinity acting with and in the territory, with and in relation to nature. This worldview is captured in the ‘mantra’ of Francis: ‘everything is connected’” (LS 16, 91, 117, 138, 240).
The theme of the Synod is “The Amazon: New Paths for the Church and for Integral Ecology.”
After the publication of this document, we must state that: 1. If the Amazon must renew the Church through “beliefs and rites regarding the actions of spirits and of the many-named divinity,” it is not a question of “new paths” but of an old impasse, that of pagan animism. 2. If the Church is to be renewed by paganism, it is not a matter of “integral ecology” but of the disintegration of the Gospel message.
Behind this warmed-over New Age, we can easily see the old modernism of prelates such as Fritz Lobinger (90), Claudio Hummes (84), Erwin Kräutler (80), and Walter Kasper (86), all immersed in the theology of the banks of the Rhine, and dreaming of married priests—very likely Amazons—with that confused gaze that the old men cast on Suzanne, in chapter 13 of the Book of Daniel.
Next October, no bishop participating in the Synod should return to Rome, without having been interrogated beforehand: is this the Church you want? If this is not the case, say it loud and clear! For there are silences which imply consent.
Abbé Alain Lorans