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By Jules Gomes, Church Militant, October 22, 2019

Priests, laity weigh in on display of controversial fertility figure

VATICAN ( – The Vatican is considering pressing criminal charges against the “new iconoclasts” who removed the pagan “Pachamama” statues from the Church of Santa Maria del Traspontina and dumped them in the River Tiber Monday morning.

Vatican spokesmen have reacted with outrage after a local Italian newspaper carried a story on the unceremonious immersion of the fertility idols with the headline “Justice is done.” REPAM, a Catholic network that advocates on behalf of Amazon peoples and is headed by Synod leader Cdl. Claudio Hummes, has condemned the act “of violence” in a statement published Monday.

“We deeply regret and at the same time denounce that in recent days we have been victims of acts of violence, which reflect religious intolerance, racism, oppressive attitudes, which affect above all indigenous peoples, a refusal to build new roads for the renewal of our Church,” the statement read. ….