Millions of Catholics around the world were outraged when participants of the Pan Amazon Synod in Rome solemnly carried a nude fertility idol from Peru called a “Pachamama” in a procession in Saint Peter’s Basilica. In the inaugural ceremony in the Vatican Gardens, Pope Francis cheerfully received and blessed the idol. Later on during the Synod, it was carried in procession during an “Amazonian Way of the Cross” in Saint Peter’s Square.
One young man, a 26-year-old Austrian named Alexander Tschugguel, decided to do something about it, and at daybreak on October 21 entered the church of Santa Maria in Transpontina, inside of which were placed four Pachamama idols, took them out and threw them into the Tiber River. The man recorded his deed on camera but kept his identity a secret until November 1, when he released a video explaining his motives.
Shortly after, Alexander Tschugguel began a tour of the United States and on Tuesday, November 12, gave a talk at the Tradition, Family, and Property (TFP) Washington Bureau in McLean, Virginia. Before a crowd of 170 guests, he recounted how and why he acted to remove the Pachamama idols and he explained his motivation.
A convert from Lutheranism, Tschugguel embraced Catholicism when he was 15-years-old. He explained that a major inspiration for his conversion was when he read Revolution and Counter-Revolution and Nobility and Analogous Elites in the Allocutions of Pope Pius XII, both by Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira. Both books inspired him to embrace a more militant Catholicism in defense of the Church and Christian civilization, the two targets of the Revolution described by Professor de Oliveira.
Tschugguel was concerned about the Amazon Synod and decided to learn more about it at two conferences held in Rome the weekend before the Synod began, one sponsored by LifeSiteNews and Voice of the Family, and the second sponsored by São Paulo-based Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira Institute.
Outraged by the radical ecology and Indigenous Liberation Theology promoted at the Synod, he decided to act. After a great deal of prayer and reflection, with a few friends, he carefully and methodically planned his action to destroy the Pachamama.
“We are in a war with Modernism and heresy inside the Church,” he said. “We cannot remain idle but have a duty to act for the good of the Church at this decisive moment in history. Like Saint Michael, we must stand up for our Faith against Lucifer.”
Tschugguel left the audience with a message of hope. There are young, militant Catholics in Europe, the U.S. and across the world who are willing to fight for their Faith. All is not lost. We must never lose hope that God and Our Lady will be victorious in the end.
Following Tschugguel’s remarks, James Bascom, Assistant Director of the TFP Washington Bureau, gave a talk about the history behind the Amazon Synod and its origins in Catholic Progressivism of the seventies. Indigenous Liberation Theology was created in the sixties and seventies and spread in Brazil by several clerics, specifically the Spanish-born Bishop Peter Casaldáliga. Bascom demonstrated how this maneuver was denounced by Professor Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira in a 1977 book titled Indian Tribalism: The Communist-Missionary Ideal for Brazil in the Twenty-First Century.
There is no doubt that Alexander Tschugguel’s act was a highly symbolic one. Years from now, what most people are likely to remember about the Amazon Synod is the throwing of the Pachamama idols into the Tiber. May it serve as an example and an inspiration for faithful Catholics to fight, like the Maccabees and the Crusaders, to fight and cast out paganism from the holy places and defeat the gnostic and egalitarian Revolution that is destroying the Church and Christian civilization.