From Ed Pentin at the National Catholic Register about topics raised at the Amazon Synod:
According to a Vatican-provided synthesis of interventions, subjects so far discussed have included a reflection on “indigenous rites” of the Sacrifice of the Mass that, it was said, should be looked upon “benevolently” if they are “not linked to superstitions,” and provided they “harmonize with a true liturgical spirit,” a synod father said.
Related to this, and as part of inculturation, it was proposed that “according to the right theological, liturgical and pastoral discernment,” a “Catholic Amazonian rite” should be considered ad experimentum. After all, it was stressed, “just as there is an environmental ecosystem, so there is an ecclesial ecosystem.”
Yes, pick up your jaw. “Ecosystem”. It’s crazy town in the Synod Hall.
One wants to pound one’s head on the table. Nay rather, one want to pound someone else’s head on the table, namely, anyone who would bring up such a dopey notion as an “Amazon rite”.
We’ve been over this ground before in the matter of an African rite. I remember one bishop from Cameroon at a conference I attended nearly groaning with frustration as a blinkered European brought up an African rite. The bishop pointed out that in his country alone there were dozens of languages and cultures: which were they going to exclude to have a rite? Instead, he underscored that there was a rite which they could all use: the Latin Rite.
If only there were a rite and one language we could use to bring us all together, one that cut across borders and generations.
Mind you, this dopey Amazon rite thing sheds light on the mind-set of those who are pushing pushing pushing their agendas.
When, for example, will we have someone like Card. Kasper amaze us with another scintillating remark, such as he left us (recorded by the above-mentioned Ed Pentin) during the Family Synod about how Africans oughtn’t tell the Synod members what to do. A spectacular gaff, on par with those uttered by the gaffmeister himself, running for office in the United States, former VP Joe Biden.
I can hear Card. Kasper, having another bout with the microphones, talking about how the South Americans are so “clean and articulate”.
This Amazon rite notion is condescending.