- Aug 9, 2020
Pope Francis’s highly anticipated document on the Amazon, released on Wednesday, bypasses two hot-button issues looming over its publication.
“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.
Not wasting any time, the chairman of Pope Francis’s Synod of Bishops on the Amazon kicked things off Monday morning by putting the hotly contested issues of married priests and the role of woman squarely on the assembly’s table.
Integral ecology — a phrase often used when discussing the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon — highlights not just the interconnectedness that exists among God, humanity and creation, but also recognizes how political, economic, cultural, social and religious values and decisions are interrelated and affect the way people live with one another on the planet and use its resources.
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.
Archbishop Rafael Cob of the Diocese of Puyo in Ecuador supports the ordination of married men as priests in the Amazon, supporting the idea of calling ‘viri probati’, or tested married men, into the priesthood to serve isolated rural communities.