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Archbishop Viganò, then papal nuncio to the United States, reads a message from Pope Francis at the 2015 March for Life.Pete Baklinski / LifeSiteNews

November 12, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the prelate who leaked information about Pope Francis covering up now ex-Cardinal McCarrick’s abuse of seminarians, has added his name to a statement of priests and lay scholars to protest the pagan worship of Pachamama that took place last month during the Amazon Synod in Rome with Pope Francis' active participation and apparent support. 

In the statement that was released today, the 100 international signatories called upon the Pope to “repent publicly and unambiguously of these objectively grave sins” and asked bishops around the world to “offer fraternal correction to Pope Francis for these scandals.” 

READ: 100 priests, lay scholars call Pope Francis to repent for Pachamama idolatry at Amazon Synod

They rebuke Pope Francis for having participated and supported different pagan ceremonies in the Vatican during the Amazon Synod and thus “protest against and condemn the sacrilegious and superstitious acts committed by Pope Francis, the Successor of Peter, in connection with the recent Amazon Synod held in Rome.” 

Archbishop Viganò added his name to this statement, titled “Protest against Pope Francis' Sacrilegious Acts,” after it was initially published this morning.

In a recent interview with LifeSite, Viganò made strong comments about the pagan ceremonies during the Amazon Synod, calling them “appalling idolatrous profanations.”

“The abomination of idolatrous rites has entered the sanctuary of God and has given rise to a new form of apostasy whose seeds, which have been active for a long time, are growing with renewed vigor and effectiveness,” he stated.

Archbishop Viganò went on to say that clergy and laity alike “cannot remain indifferent to the idolatrous acts that we witnessed” and urged Catholics to “rediscover the meaning of prayer, reparation and penance, of fasting, of ‘little sacrifices, of the little flowers, and above all of silent and prolonged adoration before the Blessed Sacrament.”

But he also pointed out that the current crisis has been developing over the last decades within the Catholic Church. 

“The process of the internal mutation of the faith, which has been taking place in the Catholic Church for several decades, has seen with this Synod a dramatic acceleration towards the foundation of a new creed, summed up in a new kind of worship [cultus]. In the name of inculturation, pagan elements are infesting divine worship so as to transform it into an idolatrous cult,” he said.

On October 4, during a ceremony at the Vatican Gardens, a group of indigenous people were filmed bowing down before two wooden statues representing Pachamama, the goddess Mother Earth. Pope Francis blessed one of the statues during this ceremony. On October 7, he prayed before one of these statues at St. Peter's and then accompanied a group of people who processed with the statue – which they carried in a boat – to the synod hall. 

Recently a statement has emerged from the indigenous woman who had conducted the October 4 ceremony in the Vatican Gardens, Ednamar de Oliveira Viana, of the Maués region in Brazil. She explained that this ceremony was intended to “satisfy the hunger of Mother Earth” and reconnect with “the divinity present in the Amazonian soil,” thus confirming the pagan nature of that ceremony with the Pope.

Clergy and scholars are invited to add their signatures by going here.