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Fr. Brian W. Harrison, O.S.

  • Fri Nov 1, 2019 – 11:08 am EST

Cardinal Müller denounces Roman ‘Pachamama’ events

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November 1, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – At the recent “Faithful Echo” conference for priests held in Denver, Colorado, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, issued his strongest denunciation to date of the pagan and syncretistic “Pachamama” cult activities that took place in Rome during the recent Amazon Synod of Bishops.

His Eminence’s remarks came in an October 30 homily that clearly came straight from his heart – preached extemporaneously without a written text or notes at St. Thomas More church in the Denver suburb of Englewood. Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, another conference speaker, concelebrated this Mass along with the other 60 or so priests, including myself, who participated in the conference. The conference was hosted jointly by Catholic Action for Faith and Family and the California-based Napa Institute. Later, during the final address of the conference, Cardinal Burke, speaking on the priceless spiritual value of priestly celibacy, expressed his appreciation for Cardinal Müller’s homily earlier that morning.

Cardinal Müller began by criticizing the Vatican’s lukewarm response to the recent article by Eugenio Scalfari in the secularist Roman daily La Repubblica, in which the paper’s 94-year-old atheist editor claimed that Pope Francis had told him in conversation that Jesus, during His time on earth, was just a great man and not the Son of God. The Vatican eventually issued a rebuttal of Scalfari’s shocking claim, saying that Pope Francis never said this and firmly professed the Church’s faith in the divinity of Christ. But Müller, recalling the first Pope’s immortal words to our Lord – “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God” – said that in this situation we should have heard that profession of faith coming immediately and directly from the lips of Peter’s successor himself, not just a Vatican press officer.

Müller then went on to condemn sharply the recent occurrence of pagan and syncretistic cult activities centered on the statuettes of Pachamama (an “Earth Mother” deity worshipped by some indigenous Amazonians). These rituals took place in the Vatican gardens in the presence of Pope Francis and other Vatican dignitaries, and later, during the synod, in the Roman church of Santa Maria in Traspontina. His Eminence asserted that it was a grave abuse that such animistic rites were permitted in these places, and applied to them the thundering biblical denunciation of pagan gods as being in reality demons (cf. Dt. 32:17; Ps. 95:5, 10, 105:37; I Cor. 10:20). The cardinal emphasized that the one Spouse of the Church is Christ, her Bridegroom, and that she does not look to alien deities or spirits for further enlightenment. 

Cardinal Müller added that cultic activities such as the recent Pachamama rituals had “nothing to do with authentic inculturation” of the Gospel. For they represent a regression to pagan myths instead of purifying and elevating the traditional indigenous culture in the light of Christ’s message. Müller recalled that as Christianity gradually became embedded into the ancient Greek and Roman cultures, the Church did not attempt to continue or revive any worship of the male and female deities of the classical pantheon, or to somehow mix these into Catholic worship. Rather, he said, referring to Pope St. John Paul II’s encyclical Fides et Ratio(“Faith and Reason”), the Church took the best elements of these cultures – especially the profound insights of human reason discerned by great philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle – and used them to explain and promote more effectively God’s supreme revelation in Christ. 

Cardinal Müller concluded his powerful homily by emphasizing that the central pillar of every culture that is authentically formed by the Gospel is not the assimilation of humans into an exaggerated “interconnectedness” with animals, plants, rivers, and the earth, but rather, a recognition of the unique dignity of the human person as made in the image of God, and raised by Christ’s Incarnation and Redeeming sacrifice to the supernatural dignity of God’s adopted sons and daughters.

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  1. sandorbalogh says:

    The Mystical Body of the Church.
    Dr. Sandor Balogh
    There has to be made an important distinction in the current debate about the controversy around “pope” Francis. Aside from the possibility that the resignation of Benedict is invalid, therefore Benedict still is the legitimate pope who does not function as pope, and the many questionable statements by Francis, nobody raises the issue of the relationship between the church as an institution and the collective of the baptized as the Mystical Body of Chris, and therefore of the Church. Ordinarily the two cover the same people, but there is an important distinction. According to Pius XI “not every sin, however grave it may be, is such as of its own nature to sever a man from the Body of the Church, as does schism or heresy or apostasy. (Pius XI, MYSTICI CORPORIS CHRISTI, par. 23)
    According to the Encylopaedia Britannica “Mystical body of Christ, in Roman Catholicism, a mystical union of all Christians into a spiritual body with Jesus Christ as their head. The concept is rooted in the New Testament and possibly reflects Christianity’s roots in Judaism; St. Paul’s letters to the Corinthians and Romans both use the image of a body, with a head (Christ) and many members (Christians) to describe the relationship between Christ and Christians. Later, the Church Fathers, including St. Augustine, reaffirmed and amplified Paul’s assertion that the Christian church is a spiritual extension of Christ’s body.”
    The Catholic Encyclopedia writes this about the “Mystical Body of the Church. The analogy borne by any society of men to an organism is sufficiently manifest. In every society the constituent individuals are united, as are also the members of a body, to effect a common end: while the parts they severally play correspond to the functions of the bodily organs. They form a moral unity. This, of course, is true of the Church, but the Church has also a unity of a higher order: it is not merely a moral but a mystical body.”
    Thus, the lower order is the institution, the “higher order” is the Mystical Body.
    Today many among the clergyman replaced the supernatural with natural interpretation and turned the Church into a welfare agency, believing that heaven is on earth, , separate oneself from the Mystical Body, thus, becoming apostate while remaining registered members of the Church, and retaining their clerical position, be it deacon or pope, or anybody in between.
    Thus, the discussion of the Mystical Body and its difference from the Church as an institution is very important so we can know who is a member of the Mystical Body and who is Catholic only in name as a member of the institution.
    Many suspect that Francis is Catholic only in name as head of the institution.

  2. 125gardener says:

    It is good and uplifting to hear his sermon at this time – thank you for posting.

  3. Thank you for posting Cdl Mueller’s words.

    My question is: What actions flow from Cdl Mueller as a result of these words?

    Or is his job just to talk?

    Btw – have you joined Twitter? I’ve not. However, if joining the #I Am Cristeros helps, then I would cross that line into deeper technological slavery.

    Your feedback, please.

    France ¡Viva Cristo Rey!

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