- Mar 27, 2020
Bringing the Oct. 6-27 Synod of Bishops on the Amazon to a close, Pope Francis said Saturday that it’s important not to focus on intra-ecclesial debates but on the fate of the Amazon rainforest and its peoples.
“There is no other option [to more married priests]. The indigenous people don’t understand celibacy, they say that very openly and I see it,” said Retired Bishop Erwin Kräutler of Xingu, Brazil.
A new Human Rights Watch report, titled “Rainforest Mafias,” draws on data collected by the Pastoral Land Commission, a non-profit group founded by progressive sectors of the Brazilian Catholic Church which has issued an annual report on human rights violations in rural sectors of the country since 1985.
The idea that there’s something jarring about Christian conservationism was fashionable in the 1960s and ’70s, but it’s been badly outdated for some time.
“Your lovely island of Madagascar is rich in plant and animal biodiversity, yet this treasure is especially threatened by excessive deforestation, from which some profit,” Francis said during a speech to local authorities including president Andry Rajoelina.