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IN THE SPIRIT of BONIFACE: Pachamama Thrown into the Tiber

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IN THE SPIRIT of BONIFACE: Pachamama Thrown into the Tiber

Who is Pachamama?

Leaving aside desperate Neo-Catholic claims to the contrary, the Pachamama (pronounced Pawch-mama) that is dominating the Amazon Synod is, in fact, the pagan “Earth Goddess” worshipped by the Incas of South America.  

The Inca Empire (1200-1532) is the best documented of all the Peruvian civilizations and, as a result, much of what is known about the deities of the empire is also well-documented and relies less on the myths and conjecture typically associated with the study of other pagan religions.

The Incas worshipped the Sun God Inti and the Earth Goddess Pachamama. They also engaged in human sacrifice. In fact, the Andes Mountains were regarded as the sacred dwelling places of respected spirits, the 22,960-mountain peaks having once served as sites of human sacrifices. (Pachamama: Incan Earth Goddess)

What about Our Lady of Guadalupe?

When Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to Saint Juan Diego in 1531, she made it clear that her mission was to dispel from the Americas the old serpent—Satan himself—and to reclaim those lands for her Son, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ the King.

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According even to Wikipedia, “the woman, speaking to Juan Diego in his native Nahuatl language (the language of the Aztec Empire), identified herself as the Virgin Mary, ‘mother of the very true deity’.” 

It can thus be argued that Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared for the specific purpose of teaching the indigenous peoples not only Who the very true God is, but also who His very true mother is—not a dragoness, not Mother Earth, but rather a flesh-and-blood human being, whose fiat had played a pivotal role in giving all baptized men and women the chance to become children of God and heirs of heaven.

Our Lady of Guadalupe was to put an end to the pagan worship of false gods such as Pachamama who, according to the Incas, lived beneath the mountains and revealed herself by the occasional “quiver” which sent earthquakes to remind the indigenous peoples to always worship Mother Earth. 

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Conspicuous by her absence from the Amazon Synod is, of course, Our Lady of Guadalupe. While in Rome covering the Amazon Synod, I heard not one mention of the Empress of the Americas—the iconic symbol of and mother to the converted indigenous Christians of South America especially.

In fact, Synod superstar, Fr. James Martin—positively omnipresent in Rome, and even honored with a 30-minute personal audience with the Francis on the eve of the Amazon Synod—distinguished himself just last year with tweets that were widely panned as offensive to indigenous devotees of Our Lady of Guadalupe: 

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Why was Jimmy Martin so prominent in Rome in connection with the Synod? And why is the Vatican so terribly silent where Our Lady of Guadalupe is concerned? 

Why would a Synod ostensibly called to listen to the peoples of South America not be dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe and the indigenous St Juan Diego to whom she appeared? And why in Heaven's name would said Synod promote the false earth goddess which Our Lady herself had come to replace in the lives of the indigenous peoples?  

The authors of “Pachamama: Incan Earth Goddess” tell us that the “Incas of ancient Peru believed that Pachamama personified the Earth” but that the goddess was replaced by the Virgin Mary when the Spanish conquistadors came to the New World for the sole purpose of "pillaging and plundering the gold and silver possessed by the indigenous people."  

Little if any mention is ever made of the “evil” Spanish missionaries setting the foundations stones of some of the greatest cities in South American civilization, including São Paulo, which was founded by Jesuit missionaries in 1554 and named after the Apostle to the Gentiles himself.

Rarely do the revisionist attacks on the “evil” Spanish mention the indigenous conquests and enslavement of their own neighboring tribes that had gone on for centuries -- conquests which finally came to a merciful end after the Spanish began inviting them all into their own beloved Catholic Church as brothers and sisters in Christ.

And what about the great saints of the region -- men such as St. Martin de Porres and women such as the first canonized saint of the New World, St Rose of Lima, who died in 1617 and was to become the Patron Saint of Peru and all of South America? Not a word at the Amazon Synod about the Peruvian woman honored for 500 years by Christians all over the world.  

But, again, no mention of any of this at a Bishops Synod in Rome now dominated by the pagan goddess Pachamama. 

Some Obvious Questions in Need of Synodal Answers

When the Vatican’s Amazon Synod representatives, along with the pope himself, insisted that the world must “listen to the cry of the earth”, are they referring to the cries of Pachamama?

When the Synod fathers solemnly insist that we all need to repent of our sins against “Mother Earth”, to which “Mother Earth” are they referring -- the Inca fertility goddess Pachamama (Mother Earth, as she is called in the South American Quechua language), or the earth as our “common home”? Surely they would tell us if they’re referring to the special and unique place that for all eternity was destined to become earthly home to the incarnate Lord of History.   

Pachamama, let us recall, was replaced by the Virgin Mary after the conquistadors in South America had brought missionaries to teach the indigenous peoples about Christ. If Pachamama is supposed to represent the Virgin Mary, why not make that clear? Why is the Vatican being at best intentionally vague about this most crucial distinction?

I was sitting in the Vatican press conference myself just days ago when I heard with my own ears an official Synod representative tell the media that it is simply not necessary to clarify any of this.  

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When asked if the image of Pachamama, which debuted in Pope Francis’s bizarre tree-planting ceremony in the Vatican Gardens, was Christian or pagan, official Synod spokesman, Bishop David Martínez de Aguirre Guinea of Peru, said:

“Probably those who used this symbol demonstrated, wishes to reflect fertility, to women, to life, the life presence among these Amazonian people … and Amazonia is meant to be full of life. I don’t think we need to create any connections with the Virgin Mary or with a pagan element.”

In other words, draw your own conclusions—pagan…Christian…whatever!  According to the Vatican, it just doesn’t matter.

It is true that Pachamama is sometimes identified with the Virgin Mary by some indigenous Christians, but that the Vatican refuses to point this out at the Amazon Synod suggests that the Vatican is perfectly comfortable with Pachamama being welcomed into the heart of Christendom—into St. Peter’s Basilica itself—as the pagan Dragoness Goddess known as Mother Earth to the Indigenous peoples of the Andes.

This is a blasphemous outrage that has no precedent in the annals of Catholic history.  

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Is Pope Francis suggesting that Our Lady of Guadalupe’s conquest of the Land of the Serpent was, in fact, a heavenly error in judgment? 

Is the Amazon Synod an implicit Vatican apology for the Catholic missionaries of old who brought the Lumen Christi into the darkness of the New World?

Until the Vatican decides to man up and tell the world what’s really going on here, is it any wonder that a few valiant men of Christendom saw it as their duty before God and the Virgin of Guadalupe to step in and do an inherently Catholic thing?


Viva Cristo Rey, brothers, and viva la Vírgen de Guadalupe!   

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Michael J. Matt | Editor

Michael J. Matt has been an editor of The Remnant since 1990. Since 1994, he has been the newspaper's editor. A graduate of Christendom College, Michael Matt has written hundreds of articles on the state of the Church and the modern world. He is the host of The Remnant Underground and Remnant TV's The Remnant Forum. He's been U.S. Coordinator for Notre Dame de Chrétienté in Paris--the organization responsible for the Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres, France--since 2000.  Mr. Matt has led the U.S. contingent on the Pilgrimage to Chartres for the last 24 years. He is a lecturer for the Roman Forum's Summer Symposium in Gardone Riviera, Italy. He is the author of Christian Fables, Legends of Christmas and Gods of Wasteland (Fifty Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll) and regularly delivers addresses and conferences to Catholic groups about the Mass, home-schooling, and the culture question. Together with his wife, Carol Lynn and their seven children, Mr. Matt currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.