On October 21, 2019 two men took pagan statues from a Roman Catholic Church and tossed them from a bridge into the Tiber River. It was taped and is available on Youtube. Since then there have been those who recognize these actions as heroism, and those who seem offended and vindictive about these events.
Most amusing, of course, is that those who claim to be offended, mostly white, are again yelling racism. This in the middle of a “synod” about the Amazon region where bishops are walking around in feathered hats, and allowing pagan idols into Churches under the pretense of ecumenism. The people of the Amazon, though, mainly live in cities, attend Churches, and gave up pagan idols when their ancestors learned of Jesus Christ.
They claim that the people left living far from the cities cannot understand the message of Christ, that the faith must be watered down, dressed up, and it must go native by changing the liturgy or the celibacy of the clergy, or the usual grab-bag of modernist demands. This implies a people who cannot grasp the good news of Jesus Christ unless it too is given a feathered headdress. It is demeaning to the Amazonians and is racism of the worst kind–the kind that seeks to step between them and their eternal salvation.
Meanwhile, Protestant religions, who appear to take the mission of Jesus Christ much more seriously than those running His Church these days, are gaining members by presenting the Gospel unadorned. And they are gaining members with little problem, indeed even from the Church. There is no problem with the people of the Amazon which needs solving. There is no problem with the message and mission of Jesus Christ. There is a problem with a Church run by modernists, indeed hippies gone wild, who, it is increasingly clear, are men who stand against Christ and are unwilling to share His message. Indeed men who bark “racism” at the removal of idols that risk the souls of all concerned, as if they knew how the term really applied here.
There is a Catholic mission to the Amazon which has had no baptisms over decades, there are Amazonians thirsting for the words of Christ, there are souls at stake, and the Church of Pope Francis is playing dress-up in Rome instead of doing the hard work of bringing the message of Jesus Christ, the sacraments of the Church, the traditions of the ages to a people.
That is the racism the Church should be most concerned about.