MICHAEL PRABHU, SEPTEMBER 28/30, 2019
OPEN LETTER TO CARDINAL OSWALD GRACIAS, CBCI PRESIDENT, ON HIS NOMINATION TO THE RADICAL, NEW AGE AMAZON SYNOD -MICHAEL PRABHU
Dear Oswald Cardinal Gracias,
On the 21st of this month, I read (http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/it/bollettino/pubblico/2019/09/21/0723/01479.html) that you are one of Pope Francis’ nominees to the Synod of Bishops’ October 6 to 27 Special Assembly for the Pan-Amazonian Region, commonly called the “Amazon Synod” or “Pan-Amazonian Synod”, in Rome.
Apart from one Fr. Thomas Kallikat (who holds a Doctorate in Oriental Canon Law from Rome, and who will be one of the “assistants”, and who is copied here), you are apparently the only Indian — and the only Asian — prelate to have been nominated (along with several hundred others) to this Synod by the Pope.
Thus, a very, very great responsibility lies on your shoulders.
I had been closely following the developments since October 2017 when the proposal for the Synod was announced, then when the Preparatory Document was published (June 8, 2018), and again when the Instrumentum Laboris (Working Document) was released (June 17, 2019).
All through, I had been keeping a track, and recording at my web site (www.ephesians-511.net) news reports, articles, commentaries and analyses retrieved from various online Catholic sources.
On coming to know that you are one of the eminent attendees with a voting right at the Amazon Synod, I collated all the 315+ pre-September 21 Amazon Synod files from my web site and placed them in a file which you can find (also attached to this email for your ready reference) at
http://ephesians-511.net/recent/docs/POPE_FRANCIS_FILES_AT_THIS_MINISTRYS_WEBSITE.doc. This long-running file is captioned “POPE FRANCIS FILES AT THIS MINISTRY’S WEBSITE“, and it has been operative — for reasons that will be obvious to you — ever since Francis’ accession to the Pontificate. This file now contains 360+ individual reports (other than those 315+ on the Amazon Synod) related to our Pope’s heterodox sayings and actions, as well as his silence on many critical issues on which the Church should have heard the clear and authoritative voice of Peter… but didn’t. I need not go into details as the titles of most of the individual files are self-descriptive.
One of two reasons for this Open Letter from me is that your terms in office as Archbishop, Cardinal, President of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC), of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI), and now the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI), have been anything but reassuring.
In a file CARDINAL OSWALD GRACIAS FILES AT THIS MINISTRY’S WEBSITE also attached here, (http://ephesians-511.net/recent/docs/CARDINAL_OSWALD_GRACIAS_FILES_AT_THIS_MINISTRYS_WEBSITE.doc) posted September 21, I wrote, “The Cardinal has presided over the institutionalization of New Age medications, meditations and psychology in his archdiocese, and been a mute spectator to the progressive Hinduisation of the Catholic Church in India. His public show of sympathy — without the requisite accompanying Christian cautions — for the sexually-active LGBTQ community is on public record. On his watch, priests of his archdiocese have been jailed for sodomy, and the number of clergy accused/arrested nationwide for rape has increased dramatically. Check out the “reports” section of my web site.”
The second reason is the Amazon Synod itself.
In all fairness to the readers of my web site, I diligently studied all shades of Catholic reporting from the Traditionalist to the very Conservative to the ultra-Liberal. To a Catholic who loves the Church and desires to remain faithful to Her 2000-year-old tradition, there can be one, and only one, conclusion: the Amazon Synod is an unprecedented threat to Catholicism, definitively even greater than the Arian heresy or the Protestant Reformation, because it is personified by the Vicar of Christ himself, Pope Francis.
You know me since at least the year 2008 when I almost single-handedly took on the hierarchy of the Indian Church in protest against your release in Bombay when you were Cardinal, of the syncretised, Hinduised, heretical, New Age St. Pauls New Community Bible that carried an Imprimatur and a Nihil Obstat. Despite the defence of their “Bible” by eminent Indian theologians and some of your peers among the bishops including the Chairman of the Doctrinal Commission of the CBCI, it was eventually withdrawn and re-published with a 90% excision of the material that I found highly objectionable. And, I am no theologian; just a faithful, dedicated, well-informed Catholic who looks to the Church for guidance and reassurance on matters that pertain to his eternal salvation and that of others.
Am I wrong in “criticising” the Pope? Should I imitate those Cardinals, Bishops, priests and fellow laity in Catholic ministry who choose to remain blind to the truth or in denial, and participate in their complicity of silence? Or should I be a St. Athanasius or a St. Catherine of Siena instead?
I have answered all of these questions in various files that you can find at my web site; however I point you to an article that just came in (September 24):
Cardinal Raymond Burke, Bishop Athanasius Schneider: Silence about errors under Pope Francis would be ‘great sin’ – https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/cdl-burke-bishop-schneider-silence-about-errors-under-pope-francis-would-be-great-sin.
The late Bishop Frederick D’Souza of Jhansi wrote to me in the year 2003 appreciating my “sentire cum ecclesia” (“thinking with the Church”; then ignorant of Latin, I had to ask him what it meant!) stand. Refining that stand over the past fifteen years, I am now able to discern more clearly than ever. So, when I read the Catholic media on Pope Francis or the Amazon Synod or anything else, it is no big task for me to figure out who is with Christ and His Church — and who is not.
Media like the Jesuit-run America magazine, the Jesuit-headed UCAN and CathNewsAsia, La Civiltà Cattolica
(again, Jesuit-run), ecojesuit.com, jesuits.org, ncronline (the National Catholic Reporter), the Crux website (now and then), Commonweal, Avvenire, the daily newspaper of the Italian Bishops’ Conference,
REPAM (Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network),
journalists like Austen Ivereigh (British biographer of the Pope), John L. Allen Jr., organizations like the German relief agency Misereor, Adveniat and Pax Christi International, welcomed the reported agenda of the Synod. These are known “progressives” who favour married clergy (an end to priestly celibacy), the ordination of women as priests, etc., etc.
All of them back the German bishops “synodal” path – German Cardinals Reinhard Marx and Walter Kasper, Austrian
Cardinal Christoph Schönborn OP, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, General Secretary of the Synod, Peruvian Jesuit Cardinal Pedro Barreto, Brazilian Cardinal Cláudio Hummes OFM, Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson, relator general of the Synod, Cardinal Beniamino Stella, prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, Bishop Fritz Lobinger, Bishop
Erwin Kräutler CPpS (primary author of the Working Document), Bishop Franz-Josef Overbeck of Germany, the now-laicized and married (to a Marxist activist) liberation theologian ex-Franciscan Leonardo Boff, Fr. Thomas Reese SJ, homosexualist Fr. James Martin SJ, theologians Josef Sayer and Thomas Schüller, and like-minded prelates; they look to remold the Church into one with “an Amazonian face”, in response to the Pope’s call for “new paths” for the Church.
Despite my personal conclusions about Pope Francis’ pontificate, I do not claim immunity from error, and so I look up to others for their opinions; and I find that I am in complete agreement with the many lay Catholic apostolates whose eminence and integrity cannot be disputed. Some of them are EWTN/National Catholic Register, Catholic News Agency, Catholic World Report, Crisis magazine, Steve Skojec/OnePeterFive, Michael Voris/the ChurchMilitant team, Voice of the Family (U.K.), Mother Miriam of Immaculate Heart Radio Network, John-Henry Westen and the LifeSiteNews team, Aldo Maria Valli, Roberto de Mattei, Marco Tosatti, Dr. Taylor Marshall, Michael J. Matt/The Remnant, José Antonio Ureta of TFP France, Julio Loredo de Izcue of Pan-Amazon Synod Watch (panamazonsynodwatch.info), Dr. Jeff Mirus (catholicculture.org), Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, Riccardo Cascioli of
La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana, Italy, Vittorio Messori, “the most translated Catholic writer in the world”, Sandro Magister (L’Espresso/Chiesa, Italy), Damian Thompson (former editor-in-chief, Catholic Herald), John Zmirak (The Stream), George Weigel, Robert Royal, Edward Pentin, etc.
They are pro-life, pro-family and very traditional, quite the opposite of those in the list just above.
And lest I forget, there are the clergy: Cardinals Raymond Burke and Walter Brandmüller and Gerhard Ludwig Müller, former Prefect of the CDF, Cardinal George Pell, Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Cardinal Marc Ouellet of the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops, German Cardinal Rainer Woelki, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Caput OFM Cap., ex-Vatican Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Kazakhstan, Swiss bishop Marian Eleganti, German bishop Rudolf Voderholzer, Texas bishop Joseph Strickland, Austrian bishop Andreas Laun, Bishop Nicola Bux, theologian and former consultant to the CDF, Amazon bishop José Luiz Azcona Hermoso, Msgr. Eric Barr, Msgr. Charles Pope, Fr. Raymond de Souza, the redoubtable Fr. John Zuhlsdorf (Fr. Z’s blog), Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Dom Giulio Meiattini OSB, and many more.
A brief (due to space constraints) summary of what I learned from them concerning the Amazon Synod:
The Amazon rainforest includes territory belonging to nine countries in Latin America: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Perú, Venezuela and Suriname. The Amazon Synod is being heavily funded by the cash-rich liberal German bishops’ conference. Topics favoured by them will be pushed for the universal Church at the Amazon Synod.
There is the imminent danger of the Catholic Church in Germany turning into a “German national church” and entering into a schism.
The theme of the Synod, announced March 8, 2018 is “The Amazon: New paths for the Church and for an integral ecology.”
In line with the Synod’s theme, with progressives citing the need for promoting an integral ecology along the lines of the pope’s 2015 encyclical Laudato Si’, on “Care for Our Common Home,” conservatives fear a New Agey eco-agenda to loom large over the Synod. Liberation theology has morphed into an earth-centred eco-feminist theology (deep ecology), say Catholic experts.
Whereas Catholicism is, or was, expected to Christianise paganism/indigenous tribalism, the Working Document of the Synod envisages a reversal of that mandate, according to Catholic experts in files at my web site. We are expected to learn from their ancient wisdom and practices. (That’s already well underway, anyway, in the Indian Church vis-à-vis Hinduism.)
“At the Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, the Church is supposed to learn about spirituality of trees and insects and the ways of tribes in touch with nature.” –Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
“One of the most shocking aspects of the Instrumentum Laboris is its positive references to Amazonian shamanism and the worship of spirits, that are in reality demons.” -Rev. Deacon Nick Donnelly
From the above (and more at my web site), the Amazon Synod can inarguably be classified as New Age.
“For the members of the assembly: toilet paper is destined to a much higher and dignified use than the cellulose which will be wasted with this document.” -Rorate Caeli, June 18, 2019
The Synod’s Instrumentum Laboris is the progeny of Pope Francis’ already widely criticised encyclicals Evangelii Gaudium and Laudato si’. See related files at POPE FRANCIS FILES… and also
The Synod would ensure that Catholic evangelization would be definitively terminated.
Fr. Corrado Dalmonego, leader of the Consolata Catholic mission brags that he is the director of “a mission of presence and dialogue” in which no one has been baptized for 53 years!
The Synod’s Instrumentum Laboris suggests that local bishops’ conferences “adapt the Eucharistic rite to their cultures.” In the Indian context, it cannot get much worse than it presently is. Saffronised bishops are already coming out with their temple-churches, Hindu symbols, rituals and syncretised “Masses”.
If the progressives have their way at the Synod, these will be the norm rather than the exception, worldwide. (On this subject, a separate Open Letter to you, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, is under preparation.)
“The document seeks to adapt the Church to the culture, pasting the Church and its teachings onto the substance of Amazonian spirituality and letting the indigenous culture mold and shape Catholicism into its own image and likeness. It is the direct opposite action of what Pope Gregory set as the standard line for missionary activity.“ –www.patheos.com, 17/6
A “rupture” in the Universal Catholic Church, if not a schism, is feared to result from the Synod.
With Catholicism rapidly declining and Pentecostalism on the upswing in Latin America, the Synod is expected to benefit Evangelicals.
Multiple reports on both of the above issues can be found at POPE FRANCIS FILES…
According to Cardinal Robert Sarah, the Amazon Synod would “definitively break” with the Tradition of the Latin Church if making such a direction.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò: “The figure of Christ is absent” from the Amazon Synod working document. He has charged Pope Francis with “provoking” schism.
The working document (Instrumentum Laboris) of the Amazon Synod has been branded as “apostasy” (i.e., total repudiation of the Christian faith), and as “heresy” (i.e., the obstinate denial of an article of faith) by Cardinal Walter Brandmüller. It constitutes an “attack on the foundations of the faith,”
In an interview, he repeated, “Heresy? Not only that, it is also stupidity.”
Cardinal Gerhard Müller has said the upcoming synod of bishops on the Amazon is “a pretext for changing the Church.” He added: “The fact that it is being held in Rome is intended to underline the beginning of a new church.”
Bishop Marian Eleganti, the auxiliary bishop of Chur, Switzerland, has said that, if adopted, ideas now contained in the working document of the Amazon Synod “will contaminate the whole Mystical Body of the Church – and gravely damage it.”
Monsignor Nicola Bux, a theologian and former consulter to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith during Benedict XVI’s pontificate, said that the Amazon Synod is an attempt to “create another church” by “demolishing” the true Church from within.
A group of cardinals and bishops who are involved with the preparation of the Amazon Synod and who back the abolishment of priestly celibacy and other progressivist positions contrary to perennial Catholic teaching secretly met near Rome in June, reported LifeSiteNews.
The working document for the upcoming Amazonian synod promotes the “most dangerous” form of socialism and is “absolutely unacceptable,” says Austrian philosopher Thomas Stark. Incidentally, the Brazilian bishops asked Pope Francis to declare assassinated Marxist priest Fr. Ezechiele Ramin as “patron saint” of the Synod. Multiple reports on the socialist-communist slant of the Synod available at my web site.
“Nothing will be the same” in the Church after the Synod on the Amazon, stated Franz-Josef Overbeck, a pro-homosexual bishop in Germany (LifeSiteNews, May 3, 2019).
Pope Benedict XVI during his 2007 visit in Brazil:
Orthodox Catholics leaders are so greatly concerned about the Preparatory and Working Documents that they are holding a historic roundtable titled “Our Church – Reformed or Deformed?”
in Rome on the 4th of October 3 pm to 6 pm Rome time, and the event will be streamed live.
Click here to register.
On October 5, a separate symposium is being organized by conservative and traditionalist Catholics called “The Truth about the Amazon,” indicating that in their view, truth won’t come up in the synod hall.
In a show of solidarity with them, thousands of Catholics will be gathering near St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome at 2:30 pm on October 5, the eve of the Synod. Tens of thousands more (Fr. Richard Heilman’s USGF) are praying the Rosary and have launched a 54-day
novena ending Oct. 7 for their intentions, and for the Synod.
A dedicated Facebook page, called “Let’s pray for the Church,” has been launched in several languages to spread the word about the prayer initiative.
Cardinal Raymond Burke and Bishop Athanasius Schneider jointly submitted an eight-page document “imploring the faithful to join with them” in 40 days of prayer and fasting starting September 17.
To cite an eminent Catholic writer, “Synods are meant to be conversations. They have no power to effect policy, or proclaim doctrine. The outcome of the conversation does not bind the pope. Their documents, even if taken up as official texts of the Church, bind neither will nor intellect. The synod is not an ecumenical council.”
Dear Oswald Cardinal Gracias,
If you have a vote at the Synod, will you cast it in support of Christ and Tradition or will it be in favour of the liberals, radicals, reformers and progressivists who seek to “create another Church” that is not of Christ?
I suppose that we, the faithful, will never know how you voted.
But, we will know your stand if you speak up at the Synod and if you give interviews to the Catholic media.
In the name of all that is good and holy, I sincerely hope that you do.
Yours obediently in Christ,
Catholic apologist, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, INDIA
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