Last updated on October 6, 2019
In his sermon,” Francis stated some Church leaders risked becoming”bureaucrats, not shepherds,” and encouraged them to possess the guts of rekindling that which he called the flame of God’s presence by being amenable to change.
“If everything proceeds as it had been, should we spend our time’s articles which this is how things have always been done’, then the present vanishes, smothered from the ash of concern and fear for protecting the status quo,” he explained.
Among the most controversial topics of this committee, whose several 260 participants are mostly bishops in the Amazon, is if to let elderly married”established guys” with households and a solid reputation in local communities to be ordained as priests at the Amazon.
This alternative to the lack of priests, endorsed by most South American bishops, would enable Catholics in remote regions to attend Mass and get the sacraments frequently. At least 85 percent of cities in the Amazon, a vast area that spans eight states as well as the French territory of Guiana — can’t celebrate Mass each week. Some view a priest only annually.
Conservative opponents fear it’d be a doctrinal Trojan horse that would subsequently spread to the whole Church in the West.
Bill Donohue, president of the U.S.-based Catholic League, a conservative group, attracted criticism for what was considered to be a condescending attitude toward indigenous cultures when he explained this week a problem from the Amazon has been”the way to honor the culture of native peoples while at precisely the same time recognizing inherent deficiencies inside.”
Lots of conservatives have tweeted that their disapproval of a three-planting service at the Vatican on Thursday by which individuals from the Amazon utilized native icons and symbols, for example, blessing the ground.
In his sermon,” Francis said native cultures needed to be admired.
“When individuals and civilizations are devoured without love and without respect, it’s not God’s passion but of the planet. However, many times has God’s present been enforced, not provided; just how many times has ever been colonization instead of evangelization!” He explained.
The committee is happening in a period when Amazon is in the world spotlight due to the catastrophic fires in Brazil. Francis implied he thought at least a few of those fires were deliberately set.
“The fire set by pursuits that ruin, such as the flame which recently ravaged Amazonia, isn’t the flame of the Gospel (that can be ) fed by discussing, not by earnings,” he explained.
The committee doesn’t make conclusions. Participants vote on the last record, and the pope will choose which recommendations to incorporate into his future rulings.