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Roman Catholic Cardinal Burke expresses gratitude for man who threw Pachamama (Pagan) idol in Tiber

Public Advocate president Eugene Delgaudio said: "Throwing pagan idols in the Tiber river seems to be something every practicing Christian used to do in the old days, so sometimes it could be a considered artistic historic reenactment."

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Cardinal Raymond Burke praised the young man who last month threw Pachamama statues used in rituals connected to the recently concluded Amazon Synod into the Tiber river in Rome, saying he has "respect" for him and has "gratitude" for his "courageous witness to the faith."

In a new interview with The New York Times columnist Ross Douthat, Cardinal Burke for the first time commented on the Pachamama controversy that took place during the recent October 6-27 Pan-Amazon Synod in Rome.

In this November 9 interview, Burke made it clear that "the statue in question is an idol." The U.S. Cardinal then went on to praise Alexander Tschugguel, the young man who on October 21 had removed five Pachamama statues from the Catholic church in Traspontina and threw them into the Tiber river, comparing him with the Maccabee brothers.

"I can understand why he found it intolerable that pagan idols be displayed in a Catholic church," Burke explained. The Cardinal said that the situation reminded him of "similar situations in Old Testament times, for example, the case of the Maccabee brothers, and the case of so many confessors and martyrs who would not tolerate that the Catholic faith be denied through the worship of pagan idols."

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