This is in response to three articles Father (John) Carville wrote, especially the one entitled, “Final Week of the Synod on the Amazon.” He states “young men took offense at statues of a naked Amazonian pregnant woman, stole the statues on exhibit in a church near the Vatican … threw them into the river, claiming that they were pagan symbols.”  They did not claim they were pagan, they are pagan.  

It was one young man who is to be saluted for defending our mother, Holy Mother Church.  Everyone seeing the ceremony in the Vatican gardens has a right to be offended.  And in Rome, no less, the ground saturated with the blood of martyrs, killed by pagans.

The synod scandalized the faithful and uncharitably exploited the participants.  People circled round (sic), knelt, bowed and were not corrected. The First Commandment was broken: I am the Lord your God … You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath …; you shall not bow down to them or serve them.”   

He threw the statues into the Tiber.  Matthew 21:12 states our Lord “entered the temple area, drove out all those engaged in selling and buying there. He overturned the tables of the money changers.” 

Money was not exchanged, however a cleansing was needed. The Vatican stated the “woman was a symbol of God’s gift of life for which the baptized natives of the Amazon give thanks.” This statement is false. For even the Holy Father stated that these statues were pachamama, the Incan earth goddess. 

 Again, kudos to the young man’s powerful witness for Christ and his church.  

Karen Price