Pachamama idols learn to swim in the Tiber
Paolo Ruffini (Vatican’s chief communications officer) and Fr. Giacomo Costa, S.J. (Secretary of the Commission for Information) weigh in.
“The great mistake was to bring the idols into the Church,” replies the cardinal, “not to put them out, because according to the Law of God Himself – His First Commandment – idolism is a grave sin and not to mix them with the Christian liturgy. To put it out, to throw it out, can be against human law, but to bring the idols into the Church was a grave sin, a crime against the Divine Law. That is a deep difference.”
Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller
(11 minutes 38 seconds in video below)
Cardinal Müller chimes in...
“Good afternoon. I want to say a word about the statues of the pachamama that were taken from the church of the Transpontina – which were there without idolatrous intentions – and were thrown into the Tiber. First of all, this happened in Rome, and, as Bishop of the Diocese, I ask pardon of the persons who were offended by this act. Then, I want to communicate to you that the statues which created such attention in the media, were retrieved from the Tiber. The statues were not damaged. The Commander of the Carabinieri desires that you should be informed of this recovery before the news is made public. At the moment, the news is confidential, and the statues are being kept in the Italian Carabinieri Commander's office. The Commander of the Carabinieri has expressed his desire to follow up on any indications that you would like to give concerning the manner of publication of the news, and any other initiative you may want to take in this regard: for example, the Commander said, “the exhibition of the statues during the Holy Mass for the closing of the Synod”. We’ll see. I have delegated the Secretary of State to respond to this. This is a bit of good news. Thank you.”
Pope Francis announces retrieval of indigenous statues, Vatican News, 25 October 2019
Alexander Tschugguel comes forth as the person who threw the Pachamama idols into the river.