Vatican City, Oct 4, 2019 / 13:00 pm
In Rome this week, two groups who say their voices are not often heard by Church leaders held events to speak out against aspects of the Amazon synod with which they disagree, with both groups offering dramatic assessments about the meaning and significance of the synod of bishops.
Voice of the Family, a network of ultra-conservative groups, held a roundtable Oct. 4 to express their opposition to this month's meeting of synod of bishops on the Pan-Amazonian region, which speakers said promotes paganism. Over the course of the three-hour event, speakers critiqued the preparatory document for the synod, which they said defer to pagan elements of indigenous religions.
The previous day, the organization Voices of Faith hosted a much different event in Rome. Titled "And You Sister... What Do You Say?" that meeting saw eight religious sisters and nuns present their vision of gender equality and the future of the Church, including calling for women religious to be allowed to cast votes on the final document of the Amazon synod.
Speakers Oct. 3 included American Sr. Simone Campbell, a member of the "Nuns on the Bus" tour, and German Doris Wagner, a former religious sister and member of Familia spiritualis Opus (FSO), informally known as "Das Werk."