Tag: amazon synod

Pope shares with U.S. bishops his frustration with reaction to Amazon text

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis told a group of U.S. bishops that, like them, he is accused of not being courageous or not listening to the Holy Spirit when he says or does something someone disagrees with — like not mentioning married priests in his document on the Amazon. “You could see his consternation when… Read more »

Pope says there is no quick fix for priest shortage in Amazon region

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis acknowledged the serious shortage of priests in remote areas of the Amazon, but he insisted not all avenues have been exhausted to address the issue. In his apostolic exhortation, “Querida Amazonia” (“Beloved Amazonia”), which was released by the Vatican Feb. 12, the pope said that confronting the priest shortage simply… Read more »

U.S. bishop supports synod call to study diaconate for women

VATICAN CITY | Most of the proposals of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon, including the idea of ordaining some married men, are deliberately specific suggestions that would apply only to the Amazon region, said Bishop Robert W. McElroy of San Diego. However, he said, the proposal to continue to study the possibility of… Read more »

Catholics need to recognize ‘ecological sins,’ synod members say

VATICAN CITY | Synod members called for the Catholic Church to deepen its theology in a way that would help people recognize “ecological sins.” According to a Vatican News summary of the Oct. 8 afternoon session, members said that an “ecological conversion” was necessary to ensure that Christians understand the “gravity of sin against the… Read more »

Most Amazon bishops support ‘viri probati,’ women deacons, bishop says

VATICAN CITY | Most bishops who lead dioceses in the Amazon support the ordination of married men of proven virtue, or “viri probati,” as a way of addressing the lack of priests in the region, a Brazilian bishop said. Speaking to journalists after a Vatican press briefing Oct. 9, retired Bishop Erwin Krautler of Xingu… Read more »

Indigenous bring needed diversity of expression to synod, speakers say

VATICAN CITY | People in Western countries need to see the different cultural expressions of faith that exist in other parts of the world, said some participants at the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon. Panelists attending a Vatican briefing Oct. 7 were asked to comment on the way some media outlets and some people… Read more »

Bishop: Wildfires point to urgency of Amazon synod

LIMA, Peru | Wildfires raging in Bolivia and Brazil underscore the urgency of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon that Pope Francis has called for October, said Bishop Eugenio Coter of the apostolic vicariate of Pando in northern Bolivia. Fires in the Bolivian Amazon have burned an area about the size of Connecticut and… Read more »