Posts Tagged ‘2019 Synod of Bishops on the Amazon’

Five takeaways from Querida Amazonia Comments 0

Monday, February 17th, 2020

Pope Francis has just issued an important document entitled “Querida Amazonia,” or “Beloved Amazon.” It is a post-synodal apostolic exhortation, that is, the Holy Father’s summing up of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazonian Region, which took place in October of last year. The synod gathered Catholic bishops, clergy, theologians and lay people, including Read more

Pope Francis slams those who exploit Amazon region Comments 0

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

A new document by Pope Francis slams countries and companies exploiting the Amazon region and calls on the Catholic Church to find new paths and methods to minister to its indigenous people. But those new paths do not include the ordination of married men to the priesthood in the region. The document, called “Querida Amazonia” Read more

Ecological sins may be added to Catechism Comments 0

Monday, November 18th, 2019

Pope Francis says the Church may add ecological sins to the Catechism – the Church’s official teaching. A request to do this came from bishops at the recent Synod for the Amazon. In its final document, the synod defined ecological sin as a sin against God and future generations. It “manifests itself in acts and Read more

Initial synod talks focus on climate, priests and inculturation Comments 0

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

Climate change, water resources, inculturation and indigenous practices were among the topics discussed during the Amazon Synod’s Sunday afternoon session. A general summary of the topics discussed during the closed-door session has been published. Some of the discussions focused on ordaining married men. It was described as a “legitimate need” but one which “cannot affect Read more

Synod working document not Church teaching Comments 0

Monday, October 7th, 2019

Bazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes clarified the working document’s purpose for the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon. It is is not official church teaching, he says. It is a way for bishops to listen to the local church’s concerns. The working document ( also called the Instrumentum Laboris) “isn’t a document of the synod, it Read more

Married priests: Pope opens debate Comments 0

Monday, November 6th, 2017

Pope Francis is said to be considering including debate about married men’s ordination to the priesthood in next year’s Synod of Bishops. The context of the discussion will focus on the Church in the Amazon basin. His comments came in response to a question on the matter from Cardinal Claudio Hummes. Hummes is the president Read more