I am puzzled over this statement from Cardinal Cupich as reporterd by Lifesite news:
Archbishop Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago defended the use of the “Pachamama” statues during the Amazon Synod, saying the church has “always adopted pagan elements in its traditions and especially its liturgical rites” while quoting from a Vatican document about “inculturation.”
Cardinal Cupich don't embarrass yourself with half truths. Yes we have "baptized" and Catholicized some pagan elements, but not idols. Seasons of the year, Christmas trees, the asperges (formerly fertility rites) were Christianized but were never used as pagans would have used them and I can't think of any idol (like the golden calf) that the Church ever used in the way pagans use their idols, meaning in a liturgical or worshipful way.
For example, the abomination of what happened in the Vatican Gardens where pachamama was used in a pagan way, not a Christian way, with people dancing about it and prostrating themselves before it was in no way Christianized by those doing it. Pachamama was pachamama, not a baptized reinventing of the idol into the Blessed Virgin Mary as some contended at the time and falsely.
To christianize this idol, the Church, meaning the pope, would have to declare the idol to be a representation of the Blessed Virgin Mary with Child. More than likely the Christianized version would need to be clothed and perhaps crowned. And the worship of it eliminated and made veneration.
As I see it, what happened in the Vatican Gardens was idol worship with no Christian element.
Correct me if I am wrong.