"So what," Father Paolo Suess, 81, replied before VaticanNews.va (October 17) to the objection that Francis' Amazon Synod opening ceremony in St. Peter's could haven been a pagan rite.
Suess whose true name is Paul Günther Süss, originates from Cologne, Germany. He lives since 1966 in Brazil.
"Even if that would have been a pagan rite, it is still a divine service," he claimed. A rite has "always something to do with worship" and paganism "cannot be dismissed as nothing."
Süss is an ally of Austrian born Bishop Erwin Kräutler, who considers baptism a symbol of "colonialism". The two were received in April 2014 by Pope Francis in private audience.
Süss is regarded as co-author of the working document of the Amazon Synod. He studied in Brussels, Münster, Leuven and Munich and taught "Missiology" in São Paulo. For a few years he was also active in pastoral work. He received an honorary doctorate from Bamberg and Frankfurt.
Picture: Paul Günther Süss, #newsFyxokiagab