- Aug 4, 2021
Bishops, nuns, priests and residents of the Amazon basin met in Colombia’s capital city in mid-August to prepare for a special Synod of Bishops for the Amazon this fall at the Vatican.
The objective of the upcoming Synod of Bishops for the Amazon is to highlight the need for religious, political and social leaders to come together and defend the dignity of indigenous men, women and children and an ecosystem that is crucial to the environment, said Peruvian Cardinal Pedro Barreto Jimeno of Huancayo.
Peruvian Cardinal Ricardo Barreto Jimeno has said recent scandals upsetting the local church, including revelations of sexual abuse within a prominent lay group and a very public case of an archbishop launching criminal complaints against two journalists, have been harmful to Catholics.
Cardinal Ricardo Barreto Jimeno of Huancayo, Peru, a long-time advocate for an ecological agenda in the Amazon and one of those tasked with organizing this year’s synod on the region, has said the “world’s lung” is diminishing, and it has to be stopped before it’s too late.
Two of the heaviest-hitting cardinals with a hand in organizing the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Amazon have voiced concern about the priest shortage in the region but shied away from offering concrete proposals for how to fix the problem.
The Catholic Church has been present in the Amazon for centuries, but that presence has not come without errors, said Peruvian Cardinal Pedro Barreto Jimeno.
Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra announced the creation of a commission to propose a reform of the judicial system and said he will present the proposal to Congress during his state of the nation message July 28, Peru’s independence day.
Cardinal designate Pedro Barreto Jimeno once faced death threats for speaking out about pollution from a smelter that threatened the health of people living high in the Andes Mountains.