- Jun 3, 2020
Though it is only day two of this month’s Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, participants have nearly unanimously flagged a regional priest shortage and the need for a clear ministry for women as key issues up for discussion, yet while the questions seem to be clear, the answers are far from it.
One was exiled to Siberia for anti-Soviet activities. One volunteered to replace one of the six Jesuits gunned down during El Salvador’s civil war. One suffered a demotion in the post-9/11 era as a casualty of the Vatican’s bungled Islam policy.
When the curtain rises on Sunday for the Oct. 6-27 Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, much of the attention will be focused on the possibility of ordaining married men to the priesthood as a way of providing sacraments to areas that might not see a priest more than once or twice a year.
Focus on the Amazon’s indigenous stirs controversy among U.S. Catholic groups.
“I am skeptical, and I think I’m not the only one,” said Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Vatican’s powerful Congregation for Bishops, in a rare press conference Wednesday to present his latest book.
On a Sunday morning, Deacon Ferney Pereira was leading a prayer service in this small village’s Catholic Church.