This is Part II of a two-part series on the scandal of Church-sanctioned Amazonian infanticide. Read Part I.
The cult of the pagan Pachamama in Rome indicated that, from the Catholic viewpoint, a new religion is being promoted that promotes paganism, superstition and barbaric customs — including infanticide — as though they are authentic cultural expressions and worthy of a Christian missionary in the Amazonia.
Natural law no longer counts, the Ten Commandments no longer count, the great mission that Jesus Christ gave to the Church to teach and baptize the world no longer counts. Meanwhile, under the pretext of trying to maintain the "Indian cultures," thousands of innocent children in the Amazonia are murdered.
In a document imbued with cultural and moral relativism, the CIMI (Conselho Indigenista Missionário, or Missionary Indian Council — an extension of the Catholic Church), affirms that the "supposed practices" (infanticide) that are "considered to be harmful" and against human rights are not considered as such by many of the tribes. They argue that what can be seen as criminal and deserving of punishment by one group may not be so by others. Everything seems to be relative.
The native Indian Edson Bakairi, himself a survivor of infanticide, a leader specializing in anthropology and history, in an open letter to the government in repudiation of infanticide, emphasized:
We are [native] Indians, we are Brazilian citizens! ... Therefore, we manifest our repudiation to the practice of infanticide and to the irresponsible and inhuman manner in which this question has been treated by the government authorities. We do not accept the anthropological arguments based upon cultural relativism.
We do not accept infanticide as a justifiable cultural practice. We do not agree with the wrong opinion of those anthropologists who pretend to justify such acts and, in so doing, decide for the Indian peoples, thus placing in danger the future of whole ethnic communities.
The writer of this article joined his voice to the Indian leaders and appealed to Rome, providing all relevant bibliography and sources in a fervent and filial appeal to His Holiness Benedict XVI, asking that he intervene with the bishops of Brazil to work together to end this crime that cries out to Heaven — the murder of innocent newly born children under the accomplice gaze of the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in Brazil.
The appeal respectfully reminded that Pope Leo XIII had addressed the Brazilian bishops, asking them to work together to end slavery in the country. The bishops heeded the pope's request and, in the end, the Imperial Princess Isabel signed the Golden Law — slavery was abolished in Brazil without any need for a civil war or fights of any sort.
Based upon this happy historical precedent, Benedict XVI was asked to follow the prophetic example of his predecessor in the throne of St. Peter and intervene in Brazil to end the nefarious crime of native Indian infanticide, so shamefully supported by the National Foundation for Indian Affairs of the Brazilian government (FUNAI) and the Catholic Church through CIMI.
Unfortunately, the appeal was met with stony silence from the Vatican. On the contrary, his successor on the pontifical throne, Pope Francis, brought in the Pachamama into the Vatican gardens, the Church of Santa Maria in Traspontina and — horresco referens! — St. Peter's Basilica itself!
Saint Therese of Lisieux, the "little flower of Jesus," summarized her desire to be a missionary in these words:
I feel called to be an Apostle. I should like to travel the world over preaching Thy Name and planting Thy glorious Cross in heathen lands. A single mission would not suffice for me, however; I should want to proclaim the gospel to the four corners of the earth, to the most distant and forgotten islands, all at once. I should want to be a missionary not just for a few years, but rather from the creation of the world unto the consummation of the ages.
What a contrast with the new vision of "mission" among the new apostates!
Fr. Egydio Schwade, however, belches: "It is our civilization that is barren and condemned, and not that of the Indian. ... We can only learn from them ... Our Indians have a history as worthy and sacred as the sacred history of God's people, revered by Jews and Christians."
And Friar Betto, O.P., who lists the "errors" of the missionaries of teaching Christian virtues to Indians, rues: "Rare are the missionaries who respected the cultures of the Indians and did everything to preserve it. Rare are those who became Indians with the Indians. But fortunately, they exist ... ."
Today the "missionaries" of the CIMI continue to maintain and expand their pagan views. As presented on the CIMI website by Bp. Franco Masserdotti, the agency's president, the "Pastoral Plan" reads:
The missionary men and women of CIMI do not seek to persuade the Indians to abandon their religion, either individually or collectively. CIMI ... assumes the Indian theologies as a departing point of an interreligious dialogue and admires their cosmo-visions, which may be considered as the soul of their cultures. To evangelize, She [the Church] must allow herself to be evangelized.
For CIMI, the Indian peoples are holders and carriers of evangelical values and are, therefore, mediators of that Word. There is a profound reciprocity of salvation between the Indian peoples and the evangelizing action of the Church. The men and women missionary of CIMI feel themselves to be very close to the Indian peoples, their struggles and their spiritual experiences. ... Many men and women missionaries have relearned to pray with the Indians.
It should be noted that the infanticide and other barbaric practices that happen among the Amazon Indians paved the way for the idolatrous cult of the Pachamama, which provoked no outrage whatsoever from any bishops' conference in the world. That was a prime example of the smoke of Satan — or the smoke of the Pachamama, it's the same thing — in the temple of God.
The idols of Pachamama were taken by a young Austrian Catholic, Mr. Alexander Tschugguel, who threw them into the Tiber river. Later, Pope Francis apologized to the worshippers of the pagan idol for the alleged "theft" and worked with the Italian police to recover the idols.
I strongly disagree with Mr. Tschugguel. He was very wrong. He ought to have completely burned those filthy pagan idols!