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A boat carrying a wooden statue of a naked woman with child ('Pachamama') is carried by indigenous people in St. Peter's Basilica during the opening ceremony for the Amazon Synod, Rome, Oct. 7, 2019.Vatican News / video screen grab

By Diane Montagna, LifeSiteNews, Dec. 5, 2019

Diane MontagnaROME, December 5, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — An influential and highly regarded priest has come under fire from a left-leaning American news outlet for comments critical of the honors bestowed upon “Pachamama” in St. Peter’s Basilica and the Traspontina Carmelite Church in Rome during the Amazon Synod.

In a Dec. 5 article for the ‘People’ section of the National Catholic Reporter, Chicago-based correspondent Heidi Schlumpf targeted Monsignor Andrew Wadsworth, a priest of the Oratorian Community of St Philip Neri (a community in formation for the Oratory in the Archdiocese of Washington since 2013), for a series of Facebook posts he made expressing disapproval of the recent events surrounding the Pachamama idol in Rome and elsewhere.

Since 2009, Msgr. Wadsworth, a British linguist, has also served as executive director of the ICEL Secretariat in Washington, D.C., which proposes English translations of Latin liturgical texts of the Roman Rite to bishops’ conferences for use throughout the world.

“Several posts on the Wadsworth Facebook account criticized the incorporation of indigenous symbols into the Synod for the Amazon, particularly what some called the ‘Pachamama’— a fertility goddess or ‘Mother Earth’ figure in South American culture,” Schlumpf wrote. She omitted that Pope Francis himself was among those who identified the statue as “Pachamama.” ….

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