By Martin M. Barillas, LifeSiteNews, October 7, 2019
A Catholic priest is coming out strongly in favor of the Church’s traditional approach to evangelization in the wake of a controversial ritual held in the Vatican gardens before the Amazon Synod that many have characterized as “pagan.”
In a four-minute video posted to YouTube on Sunday, Fr. Mark Goring of Ottawa said he would not follow those who believe that evangelization involves joining in pagan ceremonies.
The video earned an endorsement from Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, who has shared his own warnings and criticisms about the controversial meeting of bishops. The bishop tweeted: “I nominate Fr Mark Goring to speak to all gathered at the Synod…..I fully endorse his message.”
In his video, titled “Amazon synod and pagan rituals,” Goring said, “I believe that as a Catholic priest, I have the right to choose my own approach to evangelization.” Holding up a Bible, he added, “So long as it is with the word of God and the traditions, the teachings of the Church, I can evangelize.”
Fr. Goring is a Canadian member of the Companions of the Cross religious congregation. He is a former director of the Catholic Charismatic Center in Texas and is now the pastor of St. Mary’s Parish in Ottawa, Canada. ….