- May 27, 2020
In response to fires that destroy, Francis on Sunday called the roughly 300 bishops and other participants in the synod to kindle a fire that saves – a fire of “daring prudence,” the pope called it, fed by the Holy Spirit.
A network of far-right groups seems eager to capitalize on next month’s events to gain new momentum.
In his six years in office, Pope Francis has been no stranger to controversy or resistance, yet judging by the all-star lineup of opponents to his coming Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, the gathering is shaping up to be one of his most controversial initiatives since the 2014-2015 Synod of Bishops on the Family.
“The meekness that the Holy Spirit give us makes us witnesses, because the path of the Holy Spirit isn’t proselytism, it’s witness,” Francis told a charismatic group Saturday. “If someone comes to proselytize, that’s not the Church, it’s a sect.”
By convening a special synod on the Amazon at the Vatican in October, Pope Francis will be giving greater exposure to the Church’s deep concern for the people and the ecosystem on which they depend.
German Cardinal Walter Brandmüller, widely seen as a key opponent of Pope Francis, has penned a rare essay openly criticizing the upcoming Syond of Bishops on the Amazon, saying the official preparatory document breaks with Catholic teaching.