The expected exhortation of Pope Francis about the Synod on the Amazon that was held in October 2019 and that will bear the title of "Dear Amazon" will be published on February 12, the Vatican press office reported today.
The document is expected above all the decision of the Argentine pontiff on the proposal that was approved during the Assembly of the bishops to be able to order priests to married men in the most isolated areas of this region and that was one of the most controversial issues in These three weeks of debate and divide the Catholic Church.
The General Secretary of the Synod of Bishops, Lorenzo Baldisseri, will participate in the presentation of the postsynodal exhortation; the theologian and professor of Spirituality at the Pontifical Gregorian University, the Brazilian Adelson Araújo dos Santos; the vicar general of the Servants of Maria Riparatrici, Augusta de Oliveira, and Carlos Nobre, scientist, Nobel Prize 2007 with a team of researchers on climate change, among others.
The possible ordination of married men and, therefore, the suspension of celibacy is one of the points most criticized by some bishops or cardinals as the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, Robert Sarah, who published the controversial book a few weeks ago signed with Benedict XVI on that subject.
The exhortation will also include responses to other proposals approved by the assembly of the bishops of the Amazon region as the urgent promotion and formation of the "permanent diaconate" for these areas, that is, the lay person who can baptize, bless marriages, attend the sick, celebrate the liturgy of the Word, preach and evangelize, but not celebrate mass.
As well as the request that women be able to exercise new ministries, such as being able to read the Scriptures or help with mass and distribute communion, and further study for the possibility of ordination of deaconesses.
Another of the requests to which the pope must respond in the document was to study an Amazonian rite in the celebrations to give "a response to the request of the communities", in which "worldview, traditions," the symbols and the original rites that include transcendent, community and ecological dimensions ".
During the month of October, 113 bishops from the nine Amazon countries met to analyze the situation of the Amazon and the original peoples: French Guyana, Cooperative Republic of Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, Bolivia and Peru , in addition to experts, auditors and representatives of these indigenous communities.