Pope Francis is giving his blessing to an ecumenical and interreligious theme park that promotes the major world religions as equally valid pathways to an encounter with the divine.
The Parque del Encuentro (Park of Encounter) has a Catholic church, Protestant chapel, Buddhist temple, synagogue and mosque all built in a “symbolic fraternal embrace” around a Pachamama amphitheater.
A five-sided “Obelisk of Human Fraternity” climaxes the structure, built in consultation with the Holy Father in the city of Santiago del Estero, Argentina.
While Pachamama is revered as a fertility goddess by the indigenous people of the Andes and a Mother Earth goddess in Inca mythology, Freemasonry’s leading exponent, Albert Pike, notes that the Masonic obelisk is an “inoffensive substitute” for the male phallus.
The Park of Encounter symbolizes the world religions united around the primary emblem of a phallus penetrating the Mother Earth goddess to give new life to the human brotherhood. Originally linked to sun worship, Freemasons use the obelisk “in symbolic degrees.”
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