Amazon synod stressed cultural conversion: Jesuit writer

Gathering made clear the Church's capacity to provide an authentic Catholic response to indigenous cultures
Amazon synod stressed cultural conversion: Jesuit writer

Pope Francis receives a plant offered by an Amazon native as he celebrates the closing Mass of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon region on Oct. 27 at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. (Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP)

An aspect of the just concluded Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon region was to stress the need for cultural conversion for the mission and growth of the Church, says Jesuit writer Father Antonio Spadaro.

The thinking of indigenous peoples offers an integrated view of reality, capable of understanding the multiple connections that exist between all that is created,” he wrote in his latest article in La Civilta Cattolica.

This thinking contrasts “with the dominant current of Western thought that, in order to understand reality, tends toward fragmentation and compartmentalization,” he said.

The Church nurtures a desire for a “cultural conversion” capable of giving an authentically Catholic response ... in a specific culture, valuing the original rites and symbols, traditions and “cosmovision,” said the article.

However, this cultural conversion should be done in such a way that the Gospel purifies and refines the cultures with which it is grafted, said the article.

“Only an inserted and inculturated missionary Church will lead to the birth of particular indigenous Churches, with an Amazonian face and heart, rooted in the cultures and traditions of peoples, united in the same faith in Christ and different in their way of living, expressing and celebrating it,” it said.

Read the full article here: Synod for the Amazon: A fresco for our 'common home'

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