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Massive fires burning through the Amazon — a foreshadowing of what may await the Church at the upcoming Amazon Synod.
The forest has become a flashpoint for both politics and religion.
Brazil's popular conservative president, Jair Bolsonaro — nicknamed "Trump of the Tropics" — is fighting both the fires and the Marxist policies of his predecessors.
But his main political opposition is coming from liberal senior Catholic Churchmen like Cdl. Cláudio Hummes.
Hummes has attacked Bolsonaro politically as doing the work of colonialism and exploiting the poor.
In the theological arena, Hummes will be attempting to liberalize Church teaching at the synod in Rome this October, and he's weaponizing care of the Amazon rainforest to do so.
Critics are blasting Hummes as little else than a socialist — exploiting the fires to advance Marxism as well as neo-pagan spirituality.
One thing all agree on: The fires of the Amazon will soon be blazing at the Vatican as well.