Pope Francis turns to An Ecclesial Dream in his post-synodal exhortation. Chapter four addresses “church stuff.” It seems to me that this addresses the church situation for the particulars of the Amazon region. People outside of this river basin might make of it as a bellwether, for good or for ill, of their own localities. That’s inevitable, but not always applicable.
Let’s read paragraph 61 in its entirety, and be prepared for the rest that follows:
61. The Church is called to journey alongside the people of the Amazon region. In Latin America, this journey found privileged expression at the Bishops’ Conference in Medellin (1968) and its application to the Amazon region at Santarem (1972),* followed by Puebla (1979), Santo Domingo (1992) and Aparecida (2007). The journey continues, and missionary efforts, if they are to develop a Church with an Amazonian face, need to grow in a culture of encounter towards “a multifaceted harmony”.[Cf. Evangelii Gaudium 220] But for this incarnation of the Church and the Gospel to be possible, the great missionary proclamation must continue to resound.
*Cf. Documents of Santarem (1972) and Manaos (1997) in NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE BISHOPS OF BRAZIL, Desafío missionário. Documentos da Igreja na Amazônia, Brasilia, 2014, pp. 9-28 and 67-84.
Any first thoughts?
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