A Time of Crisis
Over the weekend I got into a discussion about the Pachamamma scandal at the Vatican. These things rarely go well on Twitter which is not the best medium for nuanced debate. With that in mind, I always try to avoid taking a position & try & listen to alternative explanations. Unfortunately, with Mike Lewis of Where Peter Is, this is very difficult, firstly because he seems confused himself and is quite happy to proffer different explanations depending on the context:
Thank you for the background. But you said 'It wasn't Pachamama ' and then when I asked who it was, you send an article explaining that Pachamama isnt a goddess. I gather then that you think it was a representation of Pachamama?— Clare McCullough (@TheMarianWay) August 7, 2021
Objectively it really seems Mike is driving division: he is very much pushing a "them and us" narrative:
I don't know if these folks are doing it deliberately or if they just haven't developed the critical thinking skills to realize that their arguments are illogical and slanderous.— Mike Lewis (@mfjlewis) August 8, 2021
But I don't know why you keep criticizing those who have been trying for years to teach the truth.
I gave up quite quickly after it became clear that "truth" included flat out denials that the Pope referred to the carvings as Pachamama and that everyone at the Synod knew they weren't Pachamama but a determined group decided to push the narrative that they were (Italian Bishops certainly seemed certain it was Pachamama as did the Argentinians).A more reasonable position in the discussion was that the Pachamama carvings represented Mary and Elizabeth, symbols of life, by indigenous Catholics invited to the Vatican. When they decided to make themselves part of the process, even the Pope looked clueless and the Pachamama stuff was pinned on this by Europeans with no concept of what was going on trying to work it out.
The Zanchetta affair is an incredibly black mark on this Pontificate. The Pope's explanation of his own handling of the Zanchetta case borders on incompetence and reeks of cronyism. https://t.co/oz0JhTWR4g— Catholic Sat (@CatholicSat) August 8, 2021
A Pope who preaches mercy, dialogue, openness, but when the bishops he blamed for having to impose the changes fail to go along with his edict, he concocts ever more draconian measures to clamp down on faithful Catholics.
As someone who has worked in evangelisation in the Church for a number of years, this all makes absolute sense to me in a way because it is all you see. Those who are closed to the Holy Spirit, those who are deeply personally at odds with Catholic doctrine constantly work to close down areas of spiritual growth in the Church unless it fits with a certain narrative.
This is a time in the Church where the laity are defending the Church and the bishops are defending sin.