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Pope Francis receives 'Pachamama' statue in Vatican gardens during indigenous ceremony, Rome, Oct. 4, 2019.Vatican News / video screen grab

By Dr. Maike Hickson, LifeSiteNews, October 22, 2019

Cardinal Gerhard Muller, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the FaithCardinal Gerhard Müller, the former prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has declared his approval of a strong critique of the Amazon Synod and its working document which was published last week by Professor Douglas Farrow in First Things. While praising Farrow’s article as “very fitting,” the Cardinal went on to lament Church leaders who seem not to realize that the borders to the “old paganism” of “idolatry and superstition” are currently being crossed.

Cardinal Gerhard MullerDiane Montagna/LifeSiteNews

The Cardinal’s comments come after Pope Francis along with indigenous leaders and other high-ranking prelates participated in an Oct. 4 tree-planting ceremony in the Vatican gardens that included people prostrating themselves before a pair of statues of naked pregnant women (Pachamama idols), a ceremony some are calling a “pagan fertility ritual.”

In his Oct. 17 critique, titled The Amazon Synod is a Sign of the Times, Farrow wrote that, in our times, “even the faith of the Catholic Church threatens to disappear into the wetlands of our own confused and decaying cultures. Our times are times when eco-theology in the Amazon basin and sexual theologies in the bowels of Europe can, with a ‘liberationist’ flourish, flush the gospel of Jesus Christ down Leonardo Boff’s drain.” ….