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By Eric Sammons, Crisis Magazine, April 4, 2022
Eric Sammons is the editor-in-chief of Crisis Magazine. His most recent book Deadly Indifference (May 2021) examines the rise of religious indifference and how it has led the Church to lose her missionary zeal
The Pachamama incident at the Vatican in October 2019 was the most egregious case of idolatry anyone has witnessed in a long time. In full view of the whole world, men and women bowed to a literal wooden idol, replacing the Uncreated God with the work of men’s hands. However, Pachamama was not a singular case.
While there’s the “hard” idolatry like Pachamama making a return after centuries of dormancy in the Western world, there’s also the “soft” idolatry prevalent all around us. We idolize everything from movie stars to sports figures to inanimate objects like our smartphones. We are awash in idolatry. What has caused modern man to become so desperate to make anything other than the Almighty God our god? It begins with something you likely wouldn’t suspect: widespread gluttony. …