The "Congolese Rite" as a preparation for an "Amazonian Rite" for the introduction of progressive innovations in Germany?
(Rome) The Vatican publishing house Libreria Editrice Vaticana (LEV) published the book "Pope Francis and the Roman Missal for the Dioceses of Zaire." A step on the way to the Amazon rite? Yes, says VaticanNews, the news portal of the Vatican.
The book was published exactly one year after a “ Holy Mass for the Congolese Community,” which Pope Francis celebrated on December 1, 2019 in St. Peter's Basilica. At that time, the question was asked why the Pope used Italian in Holy Mass for bishops, priests and believers in the Congo, where French and Bantu languages are spoken, where the common Church language Latin is offered.
The foreword to the book comes from Pope Francis. Its subtitle suggests that it is about more than just the Congo:
"A promising rite for other cultures."
VaticanNews, the news portal of the Holy See, which provides interpretation to book: The Roman Missal for the Dioceses of Zaire is in direct connection with the so-called "Amazonian Rite" or Amazon Rite, which was all the rage in the last year of the Amazon Synod. The German section VaticanNews chose this as a headline:
"Pope Francis: For a stronger inculturation of the liturgy."
"Pope: The Zairean Rite a 'Promising Path' for an Amazonian Rite."
The Holy See refers to the country as Zaire, although this name, which was only in use for a short time anyway, was dropped as early as 1997. The Kingdom of the Congo dates back to the late 14th century. Nzinga a Nkuwu, the fifth Manikongo, as the king was called, was baptized by Portuguese missionaries in 1491. As João I, he became the first Christian king of the Congo and initiated the Christianization of the country. The country was internally shattered by internal power struggles and the slave trade. From 1877 it began to be divided among the European colonial powers. The lion's share was secured by the Belgian King Leopold I, the smaller part by the French Republic. To Portugal, the discoverer of the country,only a small stretch of coast remained. The Belgian Congo (from 1908), which comprised 87 percent of the Congo and is almost as large as Western, Central and Southern Europe combined, became in the course of decolonization in 1960, the Federal Republic of the Congo and in 1964 the Democratic Republic of Congo. This was in 1971 under the dictator Mobutu "Africanized' to Zaire, but again in 1997 it returned to DRC.
The Congo Basin was already mentioned in the course of preparations for the Amazon Synod was as a possible expansion zone for the Synod results. In his foreword and the video message circulated yesterday, Pope Francis speaks out in favor of a “stronger inculturation of the liturgy”. The head of the Church praised the Congolese Rite and promoted its own "Amazon rite".
Francis had already added the Synodal propoal in his Post-Synodal LetterQuerida Amazonia.
In an analysis of Querida Amazonia wrote the Chilean lawyer José Antonio Ureta, founder of Right to Life and Civil Rights Organization Fundación Rome and a member of the international movement Tradition, Family and Private Property (TFP):
“A separate 'Amazonian Rite' was proposed at the synod. That is reason enough to remain vigilant, especially since the author of the document is known to be cunning."
So Ureta said Pope Francis, revolutionizing the Church teaching on marriage in his post-synodal letter Amoris laetitia had packed in a footnote. Also Querida Amazonia contains such a footnote No. 120 where Francis succinctly mentioned.:
"At the synod a separate 'Amazonian Rite' was proposed."
Such vague formulations offer a lot of leeway, as Francis loves it.
VaticanNews trying to steer with his articles the attention and thinking, referred in the context of the new book that is from the Congo, but the Amazon said, but did not mention that the Amazon is in reality just a cipher for Germany.
Right from the start, the Amazon Synod was backed by ultra-progressive groups in the German-speaking area, from Erwin Kräutler to Fritz Lobinger to Paul Suess. The detour via the Amazon was the only reason taken targeted for some more since the Second Vatican Council, which points to realize the progressive agenda. On July 4, 2019 a few months before the Amazon Synod, Austria's bishops declared: What will be decided in the distant Amazon will also be implemented in Austria. It sounds like a gamble where a blank check is signed. In fact, the trend-setting hierarchs of the German-speaking world and the surrounding district were so well informed about what was going to happen from the Amazon and during the Synod in Rome thousands of kilometers away, because the Amazon agenda in reality is a German agenda.
The "Congolese Rite" or "Zaire Rite" is a building block along the waterway that allows the Congo to flow into the Amazon and the Amazon into the Rhine and Danube.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi Bild: Vatican.va/LEV (Screenshots)
One of the ice mummies: a child brought to the gods as human sacrifices by the Incas.
(Lima) The work of archaeologists in Peru was reported at the end of September without any direct connection with the Amazon Synod. It was a research activity that has particular relevance in view of the recent, so pervasive presence of Pachamama portrayals.
The Pachamama, which literally means "World Mother," rather than "Mother Earth," was a deity of South America that ruled over one of several worlds (Pacha means world, Pachakuna are the worlds), which also means cosmos and era.
The Incas, the high culture of South America encountered by the Spaniards as they explored the newly discovered continent, worshiped the Pachamama as a dragon goddess. They sacrificed animals to their gods and other deities, as well as humans on special occasions. The human sacrifices that could be proven so far were all children.
The archaeologists now know so much: These children, who were sacrificed to the pagan gods by the Incas and who were found by archaeologists on the tops of volcanoes, could come from different parts of the empire. The archaeologists, especially Polish, know at least a dozen places in Peru where the Incas sacrificed some 500 years ago to their gods on the tops of mountains or volcanoes. These human sacrifices were part of the Capacocha ritual.
Dagmara Socha, bio-archaeologist of the Centro de Estudios Andinos (CEAC) of the University of Warsaw in Cuzco, studied together with Rudi Chavez Perea, director of the Santuario Andinos Museum of the Catholic University of Santa Maria (Universidad Catolica de Santa Maria) in Arequipa (Peru), carried out the project on the remains of these children for several years.
This year, researchers focused on the children sacrifices placed on two volcanoes, the 6,288 meter high Ampato and the 5,665 meter high Picchu Picchu. Several decades ago, the American anthropologist Johan Reinhard found the mummies of these children in a sitting position on stone platforms. At present, these ice mummies are kept refrigerated at the Museo Sancturios Andinos.
According to Dr. Socha believed the Incas that at the time of sacrifice, children would become mediators between the gods and humanity. The Incas, said the scientist, considered the children as pure and immaculate. Therefore the human sacrifices had to be impeccable and virginal. Accordingly, they were carefully selected. Their status should have made it easier for the gods to make concrete decisions.
However, the scientists do not yet know the exact criteria in choosing the sacrificed children. Socha told Szymon Zdziebłowski of Science in Poland, a website of the Polish Ministry of Science, that they needed "extraordinary qualities" such as beauty or a certain social background. In one of the girls, whose remains were found on a platform on the Picchu Picchu, the researchers found a deliberate deformation of the head, which was extended specifically. It is well known that this practice was not applied in the mountains, but in the plains and coasts of the Inca Empire. This could mean that this girl came from a family living in a region far from the place of sacrifice.
Using their teeth, the scientists were able to determine that the girl had either starved for a certain time or had suffered a severe trauma at the age of three. At the time, the girl was allegedly brought to Cusco by her parents to be prepared for her offering for three years. The trauma may have been caused by the separation from the parents, either first in Cuzco or already at home. Then the child would have been brought to the capital by representatives of the theocratic Inca Empire.
Some of the mortal remains of six children examined by Dagmara Socha this year were mummified, if not all. Other remains are poorly preserved and some have burn marks. Socha explains that the Incas erected sacrificial platforms in places exposed to lightning. There is ample evidence that these platforms have been repeatedly hit by lightning. In the cosmology of the Incas, lightning represented
connections between the various god-worlds (Pachakuna) and the human world.
While the altitude of the sacrificial sites meant that the sacrificed children were preserved as permafrost corpses, so-called ice mummies, some were indeed very well preserved, this is not always due to the lightning strikes for their clothes.
According to the Incas, a person struck by lightning was being bestowed with great honor, as a god expressed interest in him.
The mummies studied by the Polish archaeologist are now in a similar state as before their discovery. The mummies did not have to be moved. Scientists used X-rays to minimize interference with the remains. This made it possible to discover also many objects that were given to the children as grave goods: gold brooches for fastening the robes, wooden objects such as ritual cups, but also a gold tube and even petals.
The best-known example of a surviving human sacrifice of the Incas is the boy from El Plomo, who was found in 1954 near the summit of the 5424 meter high Cerro El Plomo in Chile. At the time of his sacrifice, he was eight years old. His skin was soft at the time of the discovery, as if he had just passed away. The sacrifice was almost 500 years back. The boy then was mummified by being transported to lower altitudes and becomes almost rock hard.
All in all, 192 sacrificial ceremonial sites have been located on 192 mountains in the former Inca Empire. So far, 27 surviving human sacrifices of the Capacocha ritual have been discovered on 14 mountains. All were found over 5400 meters above sea level, which explains their conservation.
The Capacocha ritual was part of the religiously motivated state cult in the Inca Empire. The boy of El Plomo was sacrificed after 1483, when central Chile was incorporated into the Inca Empire, and before 1533, when the Spaniards reached the area and put an end to the human sacrifices.
Coronica (1615): human sacrifice on the mountains
According to the scientists, the children were stunned with coca leaves and fermented drinks before being "buried" alive. At least in the high-altitude sacrificial sites, they quickly froze, largely maintaining the squatting posture in which they had to sit. In this position they were then worshiped - eerily scary - like living dead.
Don Felipe Waman Puma de Ayala, an Indio, born around 1550 in the Spanish Viceroyalty of Peru, in what is now southern Peru, wrote a history of more than a thousand pages of Andean peoples, including 398 drawings (see illustration) ). His mother tongue was Quechua, the language of the Inca Empire. As a boy, he learned Spanish. One of his drawings also shows how a child sacrificed on a mountain is worshiped. His chronicle ends with his death in 1615. The description describes that in pre-Christian (pre-Columbian) time, human sacrifice was common. The mentioned drawing expresses this, but also that at the beginning of the 17th century the sacrificed children were still worshiped by some of the Indians.
In detail, Don Felipe Waman portrays Puma de Ayala's sacrificial customs for the various deities, including Pachakamaq. All were sacrificed in addition to other offerings and children in greater or lesser numbers.
Its primer Nueva Corónica y Buen Gobierno was made fully accessible on the Internet a few years ago by the Copenhagen-based Congolese Bibliotek, in whose possession it is located.
Basically, it should be not that in past epochs ago, more or less, human sacrifices existed in all peoples and cultures in pre-Christian times. That the true God does not want human sacrifices, He made clear already in Genesis, the First Book of the Bible, in the prevented sacrifice of Isaac by his father Abraham. In the time of Abraham, and long after that, human sacrifices in the Middle East were obviously common practice. In Divine Pedagogy, the great work of civilization, God led Abraham and his descendants away from human sacrifice for the time being because of the incomprehension of human beings, as an intermediate stage, as an animal sacrifice, although God Himself did not want that. Where Christianity came, this cruelty was overcome, which illustrates its outstanding civilizational significance - and makes the contrast to the return of pagan amazons as the Pachamama in the context of the Amazon Synod all the more evident.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Picture: Primer Nueva Corónica y Buen
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Cardinal reported at a press conference on personal conversation with Pope Francis on the sidelines of the Amazon Synod.
Edit: don’t expect this evil prelate to leave any time soon. He’s been bulletproof over undeniable evidence he’s covered up for sexual abuse. It’s our suggestion that prelates with sufficient leftist credentials are protected and can even be rehabilitated, unless their offenses are so egregious they can’t be covered up, as is the case with Ex-Cardinal McCarrick.
Vienna (kath.net/KAP) Christoph Cardinal Schönborn personally handed Pope Francis his resignation during the Amazon Synod in Rome in October. He emphasized this on Friday at a press conference in Vienna at the end of the autumn plenary assembly of the Bishops' Conference. According to church law, diocesan bishops must offer their resignation to the pope at the age of 75. In the case of Schönborn, this would be January 22, 2020. But he did not just want to write a letter, but also use the opportunity at the Synod to personally address this to Pope Francis. Of course: "The decision is now made by the Pope." And he thinks that's good too, "that the pope has the last word".
Schönborn confirmed media reports that there are three options. The pope could immediately accept the resignation, or extend the term of office of the Viennese archbishop for some time, for example, two years, or: Pope Francis accepts the resignation "nunc pro tunc" (= "now for later"), extended at the same time but the term of office for a certain period. Whenever this resignation will come, relatively soon, or in about two years, "it will come" and it is "an open game". Naturally, the whole thing was also a "very emotional act" for him, said Schönborn, who has been bishop for 28 years.
Also in his Freitag-Kolumen in the free newspaper "Heute" Schönborn thematized his near 75th birthday. "My 75th is approaching, so as is the rule in the Church, I offer my resignation to the Pope, and it is up to him to decide when to retire." Whenever that will be, he is grateful for both the service and the retirement, for "every year of aging is a gift". Almost 50 years ago, in 1970, he became a priest. "To have time for God and the people, that is the meaning of life for me, even after the seventies," said the cardinal.
Bishop Kräutler has defended the controversial Pachamama idols from the Amazonian prayer as an "expression of the indigenous": "There are people who think that Pachamama is a goddess."
Vienna (kath.net) Erwin Kräutler, the controversial Austrian bishop, defended the controversial pachamama depictions from the Amazon as an "expression of the indigenous peoples" that could be "integrated into our liturgy". This was what Kräutler said at a lecture in Bregenz, as the "Tagespost" reports. "There are people who think the Pachamama is a goddess," Kräutler said, adding that the bishop also vowed to ordain men and women at the event, denying the statement attributed to him that he had never baptized Indians.
Cardinal Schönborn is full of praise for Kräutler. For example, Schönborn said in an interview a few days ago: "At the synod - and I was very happy about it - he enjoyed a great respect among the bishops and the laity and is seen as a pioneer."
Bernardo Küster has received this photo of the Pope’s Brazilian favorite, holding hands in what looks like a shopping expedition.
(Moscow) The Amazon Synod asked for a large majority of 75 percent of the synods to allow the admission of married men in the Amazon. But how will Church leaders respond to cases of domestic violence by married priests? At the same time as the final phase of the Synod, a concrete incident occurred.
Last Friday, October 25, a woman from Ryazan, a city of half a million people, contacted the press from some 200 kilometers southeast of Moscow.
The young mother of four children reported domestic violence. She also showed pictures of injuries inflicted on her by her husband. Her nose is broken, her left side of her face is purple and shows red spots. She told journalists present at the editorial office she is ashamed of her appearance.
The shocking thing about the case, according to the Internet newspaper YA62.ru, is the fact that the wife's husband is a Russian Orthodox priest, and his wife suffers from muscular dystrophy.
The names of those affected by the Russian media are not repeated here, since a fundamental question is to be shown in the concrete example. The fact is: The priest WP is a drinker and violent offender against his own family.
The Russian Orthodox diocese of Ryazan responded to the media report and suspended the priest for a year. As justification, the diocese stated that the priest had "systematically violated the ecclesiastical order" through alcohol abuse and violence against his family. This affects above all his sick wife, but also the oldest child. The woman, described as tender and fragile, has difficulty walking. This condition gradually appeared after which the doctors diagnosed muscular dystrophy.
With proper treatment, the disease can at least be slowed down. So far, however, she has not received it because her husband refused to submit to any such requests. He said to her, "What do I do with a disabled woman?"
Her husband worked as a cook when they met and got married. His father was a priest in Ryazan. He urged his son more and more to become a priest, which he finally did. Since the first violent incident in 2013, everyone has been following the same pattern. The man would get drunk, come home, beat his wife, sleep off the intoxication, apologize and asked for forgiveness. She was afraid of losing her family. Both had wanted and received four children, who are today between 10 and a half years old.
Even the presence of the children did not stop him from beating his wife. When he also put his hand to his eldest daughter and she was so frightened that her mother had to tell her stories and console her till five in the morning, the woman decided to go to the police.
Now she stays with the four children in a secret place.
(Rom / Brasilia) The Amazon Synod, convened by Pope Francis this coming October, wants to use the "progressive clergy" to attack the new Brazilian government. A report by the Brazilian secret service warns.
Yesterday's edition of the Brazilian daily O Estado de Sao Paulo opened with a big headline on the front page.
"The upper echelon is to fight the action for the 'left clergy'".
According to information from the Brazilian intelligence agency Agência Brasileira de Inteligência (ABIN), the "progressive clergy" wanted to use the Amazon synod to attack the new Brazilian government of President Jair Bolsonaro.
Bolsanaro’s Vice President is Antônio Hamilton Mourão. Mourão was general of the Brazilian army. He is from the state of Amazonas and is of indigenous descent. The Amazon as a space and the indigenous peoples are, according to official Church information, the central themes of the synod.
Conflict between Brazil's government and leftist clergy.
Report of "O Estado de S. Paulo".
It is not part of the Synodmakers' Amazon image that the state of Amazonas was won by Bolsonaro and his coalition last fall. Since January 1, Wilson Lima of the Christian Social Party (PSC) is Governor of Amazonas. The Partido Social Cristão was also Bolsonaro’s party, until he founded in 2018 for the presidential elections his own party ticket. The Deputy Governor of Amazon represents with Carlos Almeida, the party of Vice President Mourão.
The state of Amazon spreads over a gigantic expanse of more than 1.5 million square kilometers, but is inhabited by only four million people. According to the Brazilian statistics office, only 0.1 percent of them refer to themselves as members of indigenous peoples. The Brazilian statistics office lists five "races". A quarter of the population are whites, three quarters are pardos ("browns"), which in Brazil means the different mixes of the other four races (whites, blacks, Asians and Indians).
The figures have prompted observers to assume that there is a "deeper agenda" behind the synod topics that are publicly mentioned.
The Brazilian intelligence service ABIN bases its report on its own findings and information from various military commands. The secret service report, says the daily O Estado de Sao Paulo, also discusses Pope Francis' recent meeting with Brazilian cardinals at the Vatican, which discussed the themes of the upcoming synod.
Organizer of the Amazon Synod is founded in 2014 Church network REPAM, which consists of an umbrella organization and national offshoots in the Amazon riparian states. Of real weight is only REPAM Brazil. The umbrella organization and the Brazilian offshoot are led by two Church representatives belonging to the progressive fringe of the Church. The umbrella organization is headed by Claudio Cardinal Hummes and REPAM Brazil, and emeritus missionary bishop Erwin Kräutler from Austria. Hummes and Kräutler are in favor of the abolition of priestly celibacy nd the admission of married priests. Both have spoken repeatedly in the past for the introduction of women's priesthood. Both are close to the political left. Hummes is a personal friend of ex-President Lula, who has been imprisoned for corruption since April 2018. Kräutler is a darling of the left-wing media, as every home visit to Austria has confirmed.
The political left in Brazil, Latin America and beyond refuses to recognize Lula's condemnation. It claims that it was a political process to repress the influence of the left. Pope Francis expressed his sympathy and closeness to Lula. Even more unforgivable was Bolsonaro's election victory. The Brazilian left suffered a defeat in the fall of 2018, comparable to that of the Democratic Party in the US against Donald Trump.
Above all, Pope Francis again bet on "the wrong horse". His warning of a political electoral defeat in Brazil led to the new leadership recognizing the Catholic Church, significant parts of the Brazilian hierarchy, and the church leadership in Rome as declared government opponents.
Bolsonaro is a Catholic, his wife is a free-church member. In the election campaign, the new president has relied mainly on the Protestant free churches. Behind it is a massive emigration movement from the Catholic Church to the Free Churches. The reason is the massive political and theological left pressure in the nation’s Catholic Church which has been developing for decades and has led to an alienation of the faithful from their Church.
The Amazon Synod is pushing, as the intelligence report shows, the intention of the world Church to install a new "other", "second" priesthood, the secular political dimension to score also by social and environmental statements in the left-liberal mainstream, but also an intra-Brazilian dimension of political explosiveness.
The impression is confirmed, with friends and opponents, that Pope Francis acts more as a politician than as a Church leader.