When the Church doesn’t do her job, her enemies will fill the gap and create loyal followers.
The 15th Century Church was corrupt, particularly in Germany, and Luther filled the void. In the wake of Vatican II, a generation of American Catholics apostosized into Protestantism due to its perceived conviction and vigor. The same effect is in play in Brazil, and begs important questions.
The Church is Brazil has been split for generations. On one side are “liberation theology” followers, Marxists and their sympathizers. These clerics are often heretics, and notoriously heterodox. On the other side have been “far-right” and Integralist-aligned clerics seeking to maintain a Latin-style, Catholic, and corporate society.
In the wake of Vatican II, most orthodox Catholics went into the so-called Traditional movement. Leftists went along with the revolution, while numerous cults sprung up for the middle-of-the-road layfolk who wanted orthodoxy but were unsure of where to go. This has been a problem across Latin America, as both the Heralds of the Gospel in Brazil, and the Legionnaires of Christ in Mexico, have both given the middle-of-the-road conservatism of the Novus Ordo prelates a bad reputation.
As a result, conservatives and middle-class Brazilians have fled to Protestant congregations, and now fight from those pulpits for things like traditional marriage, the sanctity of life, the right to self-defense against Leftist terror, arms-bearing, law and order, and so forth. Unbeknownst to the rest of the world, Communists are still perpetrating Cold War-level on Brazilian farmers a travesty similar to that put upon the Afrikaners in South Africa. Th culture wars have also, as you can tell, heated up, and the Protestant Jair Bolsonaro exploded the Brazilian political consensus a few years back to address many of these issues.
What have our Catholic clergy been doing in this time?
Human rights advocates and Catholic leaders are objecting the Brazilian government celebrating Farmers’ Day in Brazil with a picture of a man holding a shotgun.
The picture was bought from stock photography agency Alamy, according to the Brazilian newspaper Correio Braziliense, and chosen by President Jair Bolsonaro’s Social Communication Secretariat to illustrate the July 28 commemoration on Twitter, with the slogan, “Feeding Brazil and the world.”
The tweet also included a phrase about the fact that the Brazilian farmers are “workers who have not stopped working during the COVID-19 crisis.”
“The picture used by the Bolsonaro administration to celebrate the Farmers’ Day is a public declaration of his option for violence and hatred,” Roberto Liebgott, a coordinator of CIMI, told Crux.
According to Liebgott, “the banner is a signal of Bolsonaro’s ties with the armed segments of the Brazilian rural sphere.”
We aren’t sure what Roberto Liebgott’s problem is with armed farmers, but if it’s anything like American Leftists’ problem with armed Whites, the boogeyman of “right-wing terror” has gone international, and the clerics are regrettably supporting this nonsense.
From Crux, again:
Evangelical politicians have introduced bills in states and towns all over Brazil to promote sexual abstinence among teens, boosted by a wave of conservatism in the country under President Jair Bolsonaro. Catholic reaction has been with mixed, as Charismatic Catholic Renewal movements generally support the measures while bishops have been mostly silent.
The most recent, and notorious, proposition was made by a city lawmaker in São Paulo. Rinaldi Digilio, a Foursquare Church minister and a member of the Social Liberal Party (PSL) with which Bolsonaro was affiliated when he was elected in 2018, presented a bill in order to create an “I Chose to Wait Week” in Brazil’s most populous city.
Digilio’s idea is to introduce dates in the school calendar to discuss teenage pregnancy prevention. The bill’s name alludes to a well-known campaign in Brazil, “I Chose to Wait,” created years ago by the Evangelical pastors Nelson Junior and Angela Cristina. They lead an institute that has the same name and have been promoting sexual abstinence before marriage throughout the country.
While some healthcare experts have criticized such initiatives as ineffective in the prevention of sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy, the Catholic Church has been mostly on the sidelines. Most bishops have not publicly expressed an opinion on those bills, with only a few individual statements among rank-and-file clergy. (Read the rest of the piece, it’s very informative.)
Again, isn’t it curious that the clergy are “standing on the sidelines” while a great, powerful backlash against Leftist violence and immorality sweeps their country? The Church has no prospect of reversing the Protestant tide if she doesn’t stand for her principles against Leftist wickedness.
We should pray for better, and expect better. The Lion of Campos would not be proud, nor surprised.
Saint Pius X, ora pro nobis!