A Pachamama Christmas with the Franciscans International
The Novus Ordo organization Franciscans International, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, has emailed out a virtual Christmas card to its supporters.
Or rather, they sent out what is supposed to be a Christmas card. You can see it displayed above and find it linked here. Who would have thought that good ol’ Pachamama of Amazon Synod infamy — also known as Gaia — would make an appearance in it?
The card bears the title Visitatio Mariae, which means “Visitation of Mary”. Taken at face value, this would mean that the hideous-looking and nude pregnant Pagan woman squatting in front of the Blessed Mother is St. Elizabeth. That would surely be a sacrilege.
But, not to worry. The text accompanying this electronic “Christmas card”, penned and signed by Franciscans International‘s executive director, “Fr.” Markus Heinze, makes clear that this is not St. Elizabeth but the Pagan earth goddess: “In this picture you see Mary, who we honor as the ‘new Eve’ or Mother of Life, together with Pachamama, who some indigenous peoples honor as the ‘earth mother’”, Mr. Heinze writes.
The remainder of the text is as insipid and mundane as one would expect from Naturalists such as Novus Ordo Franciscans. We produce here the full content of the card:
In the context of the nativity, Luke tells us about the meeting between Mary and her cousin Elizabeth. The two women, both expecting a child, meet each other with attentiveness and sensitivity. At the opening of the Synod, Pope Francis asked us to approach the peoples of the Amazon on our ‘tiptoes’.
In this picture you see Mary, who we honor as the ‘new Eve’ or Mother of Life, together with Pachamama, who some indigenous peoples honor as the ‘earth mother’. Francis of Assisi too describes the earth as our mother in the Canticle.
Celebrating Christmas, I wish that we may approach God and each other on our ‘tiptoes’ so that we experience in these meetings the ‘real living’.
On behalf of Franciscans International,
Markus Heinze, OFM
Yeah, whatever. We’re not going to dignify the “tiptoe” nonsense with any comment.
But there’s something else that needs a little attention. We are told that “Francis of Assisi too describes the earth as our mother in the Canticle [of the Sun].” Yes, indeed, St. Francis spoke of “Mother Earth”, “Brother Sun”, and even “Sister Bodily Death”. But he used these as metaphors and not as objects of worship. Nor did he attempt a syncretistic fusion of Catholicism with Paganism.
By the way, when “Pope” Francis presented St. Francis’ Canticle of the Sun in his environmentalist encyclical Laudato Si’ a few years back, he omitted all (but not only) those parts that make mention of mortal sin. Remember?
It only makes sense: Who wants to be distracted by such antiquated concepts as mortal sin against God while worshipping “Mother Earth”? And don’t say it’s not happening: Vatican “Cardinal” Gianfranco Ravasi showed us how while in Canada a televised Novus Ordo worship service sang Gaia’s praises.
You will have noticed that the digital pseudo-Christmas card from the Franciscans International is graced by a quote — not from the Holy Gospels, mind you, or from the other divinely inspired texts of the New Testament or from one of the Old Testament prophets. No, the quote is from the Jewish existentialist Martin Buber (1878-1965), one of the thinkers from which Francis appears to draw his ideology-disguised-as-Catholicism: “All real living is meeting.”
This is the state of the Novus Ordo religion at the close of the Year of Our Lord 2019.
It looks like Pachamama is going to stick around for a while.
Image source: Franciscans International
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