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By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture, Aug 23, 2019

The annual Synod of Bishops will meet from October 6 to October 27 this year to examine the problems of the Pan-Amazon region in South America. From the first, the Instrumentum Laboris (working document) for the Synod has been criticized as a destructive exercise in the religious and cultural relativism characteristic of the secular West. Initially a former Prefect for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, criticized the text in a two-part analysis:

A little later, Cardinal George Pell—currently in prison on what most impartial commentators believe to be false charges of sexual abuse (see for example, Julia Yost’s op-ed in the New York Post)—deemed the document outrageous enough to merit intervention from his jail cell:

And today our Catholic World News service reported that Bishop José Luís Azcona Hermoso, who is a missionary to the Amazon region, has condemned the Instrumentum Laboris for two things: (1) Ignoring the main problems of the region, such as widespread sexual abuse of children and the rapid spread of Pentecostalism; and (as with Müller and Pell) (2) “Annulling the Gospel of salvation” in a document “ecclesiologically devoid of theological and pastoral foundations.” ….