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By Stephen Wynne, Church Militant, July 19, 2019
VATICAN CITY (ChurchMilitant.com) – Bishop Athanasius Schneider has joined a growing chorus of Catholic voices troubled over the upcoming Amazon Synod in Rome.
In an essay for Austrian website kath.net on Wednesday, the auxiliary bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan slammed proponents of a married Amazonian clergy as tricksters attempting to deny the peoples of the South American interior “the ability to sacrifice priests to the Church from their midst.”
Turning to the Spirit of the World
“For two thousand years, all peoples, and even barbarians, were able to use the grace of Christ to educate their own sons to a conjugal priesthood modeled after Jesus Christ,” he wrote, suggesting it is disingenuous to imply that indigenous Amazonians are incapable of doing the same.
Bishop Schneider noted that “supporters of a married Amazonian clergy, who are almost all of European and non-indigenous descent,” are not concerned with “the true spiritual welfare of the Amazonian believers,” but with “the implementation of their own ideological agenda, which is a married clergy in Europe, and then to have it in the whole Latin Church.”. ….