Vatican City, Feb 14, 2020 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- Whatever Pope Francis wrote in this week’s apostolic exhortation on the Amazon, the impact of his text was always expected to reach far beyond the region it addressed.

Querida Amazonia, published Wednesday, offered a serious treatment of the situation facing the Church in parts of South America. It addressed the environment, social and cultural issues, and the importance of evangelization and inculturation among indigenous peoples.

But most of the reaction to the document focused not on what it said, but on what it did not say. Specifically, the pope ignored – perhaps pointedly – the calls made at last year’s Synod on the Amazon for the ordination of married men to the priesthood, and for consideration of some kind of female diaconate.

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