Amazonian 'Way of the Cross' prayed during synod (CNA) “The smoke of some plants that burned in a bowl was spread among the attendees with a feather,” according to the report. “Upon arriving at St. Peter’s Square, while meditating on the final station, some participants lay on the ground, upon the photographs of the so-called martyrs of the Amazon, pretending to be dead.”
Honduran bishops: Evangelizing also means denouncing (Fides) In a message for the extraordinary missionary month, the bishops of the Central American nation denounced drug trafficking, along with “politicians, who agreed with organized crime, who had forgotten that ethics makes them custodians of the common good and not of their personal interests.”
US bishops' staff members analyze Supreme Court sexual orientation, gender identity cases (USCCB) USCCB staff members warn that “individuals would likely ultimately be required—in school, in the workplace, in restrooms and locker rooms, in places of daily commerce—to treat others in conformity with their ‘gender identity’ and ignore real sexual difference. This would, in turn, limit individuals’ rights of free speech, thought, and privacy. Doctors, counselors, and even parents could also be forced to facilitate and affirm ‘gender transitions”’even when it goes against their best judgment.”
European Christian leaders lament populism (Conference of European Churche) The Conference of European Churches is a fellowship of over 100 Orthodox and Protestant communities. “We need to differentiate between populist politicians, who aim at undermining or eroding liberal democracies, the rule of law and peaceful coexistence, and those people who vote for populist parties, driven by fears and devoid of trust and hope,” the organization said in a statement.
Pachamama icons taken from Roman church, thrown in Tiber (YouTube) Two men entered the church of Santa Maria in Traspontina early on Monday morning, removed the Pachamama icons that had been on display there, and threw them in the Tiber River. The men, who did not identify themselves, posted a YouTube video of their action, explaining: “We do not longer stay silent. We start to act NOW!” Vatican spokesman Paolo Ruffini decried the action, saying that it was “against the spirit of dialogue.”
Peruvian Jesuit cardinal: 'Even some indigenous communities do not want married priests' (America) Cardinal Pedro Barreto Jimeno, one of the synod’s president delegates, said that the majority of synod fathers favor the ordination of married men in the Amazon, though “Pope Francis is not going to change the law, he has never thought of changing the law on celibacy.” The cardinal sees the synod as ultimately about Laudato si’, the Pope’s second encyclical letter. Cardinal Barreto added that there are some “who do not accept the risk of walking,” but instead “want a static Church, a Church of doctrine, more than one of pastoral action. They want a Church that is different from the one Jesus wants, which is a Church of solidarity, a Church that really responds to the needs of people, and of nature itself.”