EWTN’s Fr. Mitch Pacwa had some strong words regarding the Amazon Synod.
On his latest episode of Scripture & Tradition, the Jesuit priest and talk show host addressed the “major scandal” of Pachamama worship at the Amazon Synod last month.
“I’d like to address the situation of the Pachamama statues,” he began. “The introduction of the statues of the Pachamama into the Synod on the Amazon is something that is a major scandal.”
“We are forbidden to have idols. We are forbidden to worship other gods. And some officials tried a little dance of their own, saying, ‘well it’s a symbol of fertility and motherhood.’
“Knock it off! We’re not stupid. We’re not! This is an idol.”
“You know, we talk about wolves in sheep’s clothing and bad fruit. The bishops’ conference of Italy has a mission office, and they published in there a prayer to the Mother Earth of the Inca peoples – the Pachamama.”
Fr. Pacwa then quoted the prayer the Italian bishops conference posted:
“Pachamama of these places, drink and eat as much as you like of these offerings, so that this earth may be fruitful. Pachamama, good Mother, be propitious! Be propitious! Let the oxen walk well, and let them not get tired.”
“Stop!” Fr. Pacwa said. “You’re talking about making an offering to a goddess! That the people of the Andes put higher than Jesus and his blessed Mother. Jesus is the Son of God–God the Father, God the Holy Spirit are the only God, the one God in three persons. There is no other God!”