The Pagan Worship of Pachamama in the Light of the Abu Dhabi Declaration

Source: FSSPX News

On the LifeSiteNews website of October 30, 2019, Maike Hickson repeated the statements of several cardinals and bishops condemning the pagan rites that surrounded the Pachamama (Goddess of Mother Earth in the Andean cosmogony) statuettes, during the last synod. These prelates congratulated the two young men who had thrown into the Tiber, on October 21st, the statuettes enthroned in the church of Santa Maria in Traspontina, near St. Peter’s in Rome.

In an interview with EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo on October 24, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said that “great mistake was to bring the idols into the Church, not to put them out, because according to the Law of God Himself – the First Commandment – idolism [idolatry] is a grave sin and not to mix them with the Christian liturgy.”

Cardinal Walter Brandmüller - one of the four cardinals who drafted the dubia on the exhortation Amoris laetitia - praised the removal of the Pachamama statues from a Catholic church and called those who have done this act “prophets.” “These two young men who threw these tasteless idols into the Tiber have not committed theft, but have done a deed, a symbolic act as we know it from the Prophets of the Old Covenant, from Jesus – see the cleansing of the Temple (where the merchants were driven out) – and from Saint Boniface who felled the Thor Oak near Geismar,” the German cardinal said. He concluded his comments by saying: “These two courageous 'Maccabees' who have removed the ' the abomination of desolation in a holy place’ are the prophets of today.”

The Idea of Mother Earth is Paganism

One of these two young people is Alexander Tschugguel, 26, an Austrian pro-life activist. On November 4, he gave the reasons for his action to Jeanne Smits: “For me, things were very clear. I was in Rome to attend various conferences at the beginning of the synod. I went to Santa Maria Church in Traspontina. In my opinion, it was absolutely clear that these statues are pagan idols. People have prostrated themselves before them, in front of carved images of Mother Earth, and on this point, we can all agree, because even during the press conferences at the time of the synod, we were told that they were symbols of fertility and Mother Earth. This fact is enough for me to know that these are symbols of Mother Earth, but Mother Earth is already in itself a pagan object.”

“As a Catholic, I believe that God is the creator of the earth...The idea of ​​a Mother Earth is theologically unacceptable. It is paganism and nothing else, and I would add that Mother Earth is the typical example of paganism. This is enough for me to be absolutely certain that these statuettes represent a pagan idol.”

And this courageous soldier of Christ adds in a very pertinent way: “What is interesting to note is that it is a fabricated religion. So, the people who were in the church of Santa Maria in Traspontina were mostly Brazilians. In Brazil, there is no Pachamama among the indigenous tribes: it is part of the religions of the Andes. It is a new religion, resulting from mixtures, which was invented a few decades ago, and which is today promoted by our own Church, by the only true Church, the only one that can give us all the graces. That is why God founded her, so that she can give us doctrine, graces, the way to follow Christ and to enter heaven. This is the purpose of the Church; it is not up to them to redefine what religion is or, from there, to invent a new religion. This is not possible.”

Bishop José Luis Azcona Hermoso, emeritus bishop of the Brazilian city of Marajó, condemned the pagan rituals with the Pachamama statues as a “demonic sacrilege.” He declared in a homily on October 20 that “Mother Earth should not be worshipped because everything, even the earth, is under the dominion of Jesus Christ. It is not possible that there are spirits with power equal or superior to Our Lord or of the Virgin Mary.” And he added that “Pachamama is not and never will be the Virgin Mary. To say that this statue represents the Virgin is a lie. She is not Our Lady of the Amazon because the only Lady of the Amazon is Mary of Nazareth. Let’s not create syncretistic mixtures. All of that is impossible: the Mother of God is the Queen of Heaven and earth.”

Bishop Marian Eleganti, Auxiliary Bishop of Chur (Switzerland), described the pagan rites in the Vatican as a “scandal,” stating “that even if one accepts the Pope’s recent words that the statues have no intended idolatrous meaning, ‘there would still remain the scandal that, at least, it looks like such [idolatry] and that the Rock of Peter [the Pope] is not at all getting worried about it.’ On the contrary, said Eleganti, the Pope ‘even defends those rituals conducted in the Vatican Gardens’ which are ‘alien to Christianity.’” He added, “It is not understandable to an observer that the publicly displayed veneration of Pachamama at the Amazon Synod is not meant to be idolatry.”

Pachamama and the Abu Dhabi Declaration

On October 27, Bishop Athanasius Schneider published a very complete criticism of this pagan cult, showing the logical - and ideological - connection with the Abu Dhabi Declaration “On the Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together,” co-signed by Francis and the Great Imam of Al-Azhar, February 4, 2019.

The Auxiliary Bishop of Astana (Kazakhstan) writes bluntly: “The sentence of the Abu Dhabi document, which reads: ‘The pluralism and the diversity of religions, color, sex, race and language are willed by God in His wisdom’ found its practical realization in the Vatican ceremonies of the veneration of wooden statues, which represent pagan divinities or indigenous cultural symbols of fertility. It was the logical practical consequence of the Abu Dhabi statement.”

And the Kazakh prelate calls for prayer and reparation: “It would be good for all true Catholics, first and foremost bishops and then also priests and lay faithful, to form a worldwide chain of prayers and acts of reparation for the abomination of the veneration of wooden idols perpetrated in Rome during the Amazon Synod. Faced with such an evident scandal, it is impossible that a Catholic bishop would remain silent, it would be unworthy of a successor of the Apostles. The first in the Church who should condemn such acts and do reparation is Pope Francis. The honest and Christian reaction to the dance around the Pachamama, the new Golden Calf, in the Vatican should consist in a dignified protest, a correction of this error, and above all in acts of reparation.”

On October 28, Father Davide Pagliarani, Superior General of the Society of Saint Pius X, called all its members “to observe a day of prayer and reparation, because we cannot remain indifferent to such attacks on the holiness of Holy Mother the Church.”

On November 6, Msgr. Carlo Maria Vigano, the former nuncio to the United States who denounced the complicity in which the perpetrators of sexual abuse benefited, gave an interview to Diane Montagna of LifeSiteNews. He returned to the link between the worship of the Pachamama and the Joint Declaration of Francis and the Great Imam of Al-Azhar: “In Abu Dhabi, Pope Francis stated in writing that God ‘wills’ all religions. Despite the fraternal correction offered to him in person and in writing by Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Pope Francis has ordered that his heretical declaration be taught in pontifical universities and that a special Commission be created to spread this grave doctrinal error.”

“Consistent with this aberrant doctrine, it’s not surprising that paganism and idolatry should also be included among the religions willed by God. The Pope has shown us this and has implemented it personally, profaning the Vatican gardens and the Church of Santa Maria in Traspontina, and desecrating St. Peter’s Basilica and the synod’s closing Mass by placing on the altar of the Confession that idolatrous ‘plant’ that is closely connected with the Pachamama.”

The Roman prelate notes that “The pontificate of Pope Francis is studded with sensational acts aimed at undermining doctrines, practices, and structures that until now have been considered consubstantial with the Catholic Church. He himself has defined this process as a ‘paradigm shift,’ i.e., a clear break with the Church that preceded him.”

And he concludes: “The organizers and protagonists of the Synod have certainly achieved one of their objectives: to make the Church more Amazonian and the Amazon less Catholic. The Amazonian paradigm is therefore not the end of the transformation process at which the ‘pastoral-revolution’ promoted by the current papal magisterium aims. It serves as a catwalk to ferry what remains of the Catholic edifice towards an indistinct Universal Religion.”

On November 12, a “Protest Against Pope Francis’ Sacrilegious Acts,” dated November 9, was published, translated into seven languages ​​and signed by a hundred clerics and academics. It reads: “Pope Francis has since confirmed the uncorrected Abu Dhabi statement by establishing an ‘interfaith committee,’  which later received the official name of ‘Higher Committee,’ located in the United Arab Emirates, to promote the ‘goals’ of the document; and promoting a directive issued by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue addressed to the heads of all the Roman Catholic institutes of higher studies, and indirectly to Catholic university professors, asking that they give the ‘widest possible dissemination to the document,’ including its uncorrected assertion that God wills the ‘diversity of religions’ just as He wills the diversity of color, sex, race and language.”

This protest recalls: “The rendering of worship to anyone or anything other than the one true God, the Blessed Trinity, is a violation of the First Commandment. Absolutely all participation in any form of the veneration of idols is condemned by this Commandment and is an objectively grave sin, independently of the subjective culpability, that only God can judge. St. Paul taught the early Church that the sacrifice offered to pagan idols was not offered to God but rather to the demons when he said in his First Letter to the Corinthians:

“What then? Do I say, that what is offered in sacrifice to idols, is any thing? Or, that the idol is any thing? But the things which the heathens sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God. And I would not that you should be made partakers with devils. You cannot drink the chalice of the Lord, and the chalice of devils: you cannot be partakers of the table of the Lord, and of the table of devils.” (1 Cor. 10:19-21)