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The seven goals, grounded in the Laudato Si’s concept of integral ecology, include: response to the cry of the Earth; response to the cry of the poor; ecological economics; adoption of simple lifestyles; ecological education; ecological spirituality; and emphasis on community involvement and participatory action.
It is because of this purported injustice that the Church now has to turn attentively to the native peoples of that region and ask them for guidance. Since these peoples are closer to nature – to Mother Earth – they also have much to teach the West, which seems, according to the Vatican, to have lost the way. The Instrumentum Laboris speaks about an “ecological conversion” that is needed, a new “convergent” solidarity oriented toward the local customs: “Embracing life through community-based solidarity entails a change of heart.” And here comes the phrase “new paradigm”: “This new paradigm opens up new perspectives for personal and societal transformation.”
Here, the Pope is being quoted as saying about the indigenous people that “we need to let ourselves be evangelized by them and by their cultures.” The text insists that we need “to embrace the mysterious wisdom which God wishes to share with us through them.” The Vatican also regrets that the Church still sometimes “demonizes” these cultures: “Today, unfortunately, traces still exist of the colonizing project, which gave rise to attitudes that belittle and demonize indigenous cultures.”
The preparatory document drafted by the bishops for the Synod and entitled, “Amazonia: New Pathways for the Church and on Integral Ecology,” summarizes the real purpose of the Synod and provides insight into the controversies arising therein.
Although the Synod was presumably convened in order to further the missionary work in the remote regions of the Amazon, the preparatory document and the Synod meetings do not mention concrete facts regarding the needs of missions and schools in the region.
The means of furthering catechesis and the possibility of moving more priests in is not mentioned. There is, strangely, no mention of the work of evangelization in the true sense of the word, and the priesthood is only mentioned in three places throughout the rather lengthy document.
Instead, the document lays the groundwork for a discussion on Amazonian ecology and sociology.
As I read the document, it dawned on me that the Synod was not called to help the Amazon become more Catholic, but to bring elements of paganism into the Church.
Pope Francis brought pagan idols into the Vatican on the opening day of the Synod, setting the precedent for the rest of the Synod. This event justly shocked many Catholics, as it was idolatrous. However, it is clear that this pagan ritual was the logical conclusion and manifestation of the Synod’s preparatory document.
The Synod was centered on purely earthly concerns, which is why the pope brought statues representing Mother Earth into the Vatican.
originally posted by: neoholographic
No Pope, we need to correct and rebalance our relationship with God through Jesus Christ not with the creation
No Pope, we need to correct and rebalance our relationship with thought through emotional conscious not with the creation
God is gloriously and mysteriously present in creation since he is the Lord who reigns over it. To discover this, we need to be silent, listen, contemplate. #SeasonOfCreation
Thought is gloriously and mysteriously present in creation since he is the body who reigns over it. To discover this, we need to be silent, listen, contemplate. #SeasonOfCreation
originally posted by: Chalcedony
a reply to: neoholographic
This pope has always done things that I find very odd and opposite to scripture and I had noticed a lot of pagan symbolism and also he does a lot of interfaith prayers which I don't know i mean I was not raised going to actual church or belonging to a specific denomination because my family always said we want to belong to the Church of Philadelphia that is all that matters and kind of made it seem like the different denominations were just tools of the devil to divide people and lead them away from Jesus Christ. So I don't really know how Catholicism works because I was not really exposed to it but these are just my 2c.
In "A Joint Message for the Protection of Creation," Pope Francis, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew asked Christians to pray that world leaders at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow in November make courageous choices.
"We call on everyone, whatever their belief or world view, to endeavor to listen to the cry of the Earth and of people who are poor, examining their behavior and pledging meaningful sacrifices for the sake of the Earth which God has given us," the message said.
“This is the first time that the three of us feel compelled to address together the urgency of environmental sustainability, its impact on persistent poverty, and the importance of global cooperation,” they wrote.
“We say: choose people-centered profits; make short-term sacrifices to safeguard all our futures; become leaders in the transition to just and sustainable economies.”
Asked whether the economic devastation wrought by the virus was a chance for an ecological conversion by reassessing priorities and lifestyles, the Pope replied:
“There is an expression in Spanish: ‘God always forgives, we forgive sometimes, but nature never forgives.’ We did not respond to the partial catastrophes. Who now speaks of the fires in Australia, or remembers that 18 months ago a boat could cross the North Pole because the glaciers had all melted? Who speaks now of the floods? I don’t know if these are the revenge of nature, but they are certainly nature’s responses.”
This isn’t the first time he has anthropomorphised the earth. In his 2015 environmental encyclical, he said the earth “now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her”.
He’s also implying. moreover, that the earth has godlike qualities. In the Bible, the ultimate moral authority is God who dispenses justice, both forgiveness and punishment. The Pope absolves him of the punishment element which he ascribes instead to the earth, depicted as a female victim taking her revenge upon humanity for the harm it has done her.
Thus the Pope selectively edits the Bible’s moral teachings, strips justice itself of meaning and invests the earth with both human and divine qualities.
At is philosophical level, environmentalism anthropomorphises the earth as “Gaia”, investing the natural world with supernatural qualities as some kind of goddess to be worshipped. Deep green environmentalism is fundamentally pagan. It’s therefore fundamentally hostile to both Christianity and Judaism.
Whatever inspiration Pope Francis claims to find in the Bible, and whatever he thinks he means by God, he nevertheless appears to have subscribed to paganism.