Report of Amazon Synod and the 'Conversion' of the Church

Report of Amazon Synod and the 'Conversion' of the Church
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Catholicism has been in South America for 500 years.  Having apparently failed to convert and serve the “indigenous peoples” of the Amazon, who reside in nine of the continent’s thirteen countries, the Catholic Church has now proclaimed in the Final Report of the Amazon Synod that it will undertake its own “conversion” to the cultures, religions, lands, and traditions of those peoples.

After a self-congratulatory introduction that the Synod was marked by “applause, singing, and deep contemplative silences,” the Final Report announces the “comprehensive conversion” of the Church to a “new paradigm of integral ecology.” The goal, based on “Amazonian indigenous peoples,” is “living in harmony with oneself, with nature, with human beings and with the supreme being” (lower case) and the “relationships” of “water, territory and nature, community life and culture” to “God and the various spiritual forces.” This is an “integral conversion,” the four “dimensions” of which are developed in the rest of the Report: pastoral, cultural, ecological, and synodal.

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