Cardinal Takes Part in Pagan Worship in Argentina
“Pachamama” is the animist/pagan “goddess” of the earth for a number of Andean tribes. [The goddess Pachamama means in the Quechua language “Mother Earth” or “mother cosmos”, so this act is perfectly consistent with Laudato Si.] It remained mostly dormant or mythical for centuries with the successful evangelization of the Altiplano and the Andes by Spanish and native missionaries, but the efforts of different groups in the past few decades (including radical liberal “Catholic” religious) have strongly revived this pagan worship.
In a trip to the pope’s native land of Argentina for the “Ecumenical Social Forum” in November 2014, (in San Marcos Sierras, Province of Córdoba, western Argentina), Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture and who was created a cardinal by Benedict XVI, spent a few minutes worshiping and presenting his homage to the goddess Pachamama, as the video below recorded. The video was released only very recently: