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Aparecida Notes: The Pope goes to Latin America


Catholic heritage in an increasingly secularized environment: The abbatial church of Saint Benedict's Monastery (Mosteiro de São Bento), as seen from the entrance to the São Bento Subway Station, in São Paulo, Brazil. Pope Benedict XVI will be the guest of the Benedictines during his visit to São Paulo and Aparecida, Brazil, on May 9-13, 2007. The city of São Paulo was founded by Jesuit missionaries on January 25, Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, 1554. (Thanks to the reader who sent us the picture and the information).

In the next few months, as hundreds of bishop-delegates get ready for the largest regional gathering of bishops, the Fifth General Conference of the Latin American Episcopal Council (CELAM), which will be opened by Pope Benedict XVI in the Marian town of Aparecida, Brazil, this weblog will try to provide views on the real challenges facing the Church in the most Catholic region of the planet.

The greatest of these challenges is the seemingly unstoppable growth of Evangelical sects throughout the region since the 1970s, when, in the wake of Vatican II and of the materialistic consequences of the disastrous II General Conference of the CELAM (1968), in Medellín, Colombia, the Church lost its spiritual leadership in the region. As millions of Catholics moved from rural areas to the burgeoning cities, the "new" politicized "Church of Liberation" could not quench the spiritual thirst of the Catholic masses, who became easy targets for the Pentecostal sects.

The current shepherds of Latin American Catholics are men who were indoctrinated with Liberation Theology, which is still taught throughout the region. The efforts of Pope John Paul II in Puebla (1979) and Santo Domingo (1992) could not alter the course of events. Is there any hope that the Catholic hemorrhage will be stopped?

We invite our many Latin American friends and readers to provide us with news and views from their countries. Send us your views and news of the Church crisis in your country (in English, en español, em português) as the Pope goes to Aparecida.

14 comments:

milanta said...

En Perú, mi país, cada vez hay más Obispos que no son partidarios de la "Teología de la Liberación".

Algunos del Opus Dei, otros son también adscritos a dicha Prelatura Personal, otros son del Sodalicio de Vida Cristiana y otros muchos son los que no son partidarios de dichos grupos y mantienen cierta neutralidad.

Aunque, la Conferencia Episcopal Peruana que por estas fechas está reunida ha sido en la última década el bastión del lado liberal de la Iglesia Peruana y donde la ascendencia de los "conservas" es poca por lo que tengo entendido.

Anonymous said...

A Igreja Católica no Brasil não representa mais Nosso Senhor Jesus Cristo e o Cristianismo. Ao longo do século XX, mas especialmente a partir de sua segunda metade, a Igreja Católica no Brasil foi completamente dominada pelo pensamento marxista-socialista. A "teologia da libertação" é o modo de pensar comum da grande maioria dos bispos e padres brasileiros. O discurso que sai da CNBB - Conferência Nacional dos Bispos do Brasil - é absolutamente materialista, não é católico!
O resto de catolicismo autêntico que sobrou no Brasil restringe-se a pequenos grupos de fiéis que se reúnem em torno de alguns padres ligados à FSSPX. Mas, como disse, são pequeníssimos grupos espalhados pelo Brasil - e, note-se de passagem, totalmente marginalizados pela hierarquia eclesiástica. Instaurou-se no Brasil a igreja do diabo! Tudo está de pernas para o ar: os verdadeiros católicos, fiéis a Nosso Senhor e à Doutrina da Fé, são banidos, marginalizados e escarnecidos; os falsos católicos marxistas e socialistas ocupam os cargos de direção da Igreja!
O que o pentecostalismo oferece em troca! Nada! A pregação pentecostal, ao menos no Brasil, é tão ou mais materialista que a da "Teologia da Libertação". Fala-se, nos meios pentecostais, de uma "Teologia da Prosperidade". A razão do crescimento das seitas pentecostais está em que elas oferecem uma celebração, como direi?, mais "energética". As reuniões pentecostais são comparáveis a shows de rock!
A CNBB responde a isso com a "Renovação Carismática" e com o seu grande ícone, verdadeiro pop-star, o Pe. Marcelo Rossi. Mas não se enganem: a "Renovação Carismática" é, apenas e tão-somente, um pentecostalismo travestido de catolicismo, ou, em outras palavras, um catolicismo pentecostal.
A situação da espiritualidade dos brasileiros é dramática! Com exceção dos pequenos grupos mencionados acima, os brasileiros foram amputados de sua espiritualidade por um discurso abertamente materialista: ou você ouve a pregação dos padres marxistas ou a dos pastores pentecostais da "prosperidade".
Por favor, amigos, rezem pelos verdadeiros católicos brasileiros oprimidos e escarnecidos!

Que Deus abençoe a todos.

Um abraço,

Fernando Antonio - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (fernandosfjr@yahoo.com.br)

Simon-Peter said...

Right on cue from Genevieve at "Real Clear Religion."

http://www.realclearreligion.com/

Thesis: the so-called converts to the heretic sects will not last...solution? LATIN MASS and real preaching.

milanta said...

See this link:

http://newsforums.bbc.co.uk/ws/thread.jspa?threadID=5044

Enlace - ¿Desafíos del catolicismo en Latinoamérica?

MacK said...

This Continent is a case study for assessing the deleterious effects of the so-called charismatic movement on the modern church. Millions of modern catholics have defected to the protestant pentecostal sects through the medium of charismaticism. No wonder The Vatican can no longer hide how concerned it is about how much longer South America will remain the "Catholic Continent". According to statistical reviews as many as 30% of the catholic population have abandoned the church since the post-conciliar chnageover. Most of these apparently have drifted into pentecostalism.

Let us hope & pray Pope Benedict XVI will restore The Latin Mass of All Times and make the necessary doctrinal realignments in order to facilitate a true restoration of Roman Catholicism to Latin(less) America.

Fernando Martínez, La Paz said...

En el caso de mi país, Bolivia, casi todos los obispos actuales - nacionales o extranjeros, religiosos o diocesanos- fueron formados en el ambiente 'liberacionista'. No sé por qué, a diferencia de lo que ocurre en Perú, en Argentina o en Chile, no se procura un equilibrio en el episcopado, nombrando también a sacerdotes provenientes de movimientos más cercanos a la recta doctrina.

También aquí en Bolivia muchísimos católicos se "convierten" cada año al pentecostalismo por la falta de espiritualidad en la Iglesia Católica, demasiado preocupada de las realidades materiales y terrenas. Se tornan protestantes muchos pobres, que ansían el consuelo espiritual en lugar del adoctrinamiento político, y se van de la iglesia muchos ricos, alejados por una prédica que los excluye y que no se da cuenta de las necesidades pastorales de las élites de la sociedad.

En la liturgia, sobre todo, la situación es muy preocupante. Los sacerdotes celebran 'a su aire', en algunas diócesis la comunión en la mano es la única manera aconsejada de recibirla, los fieles no se arrodillan durante la consagración, la música es lastimosa, etc.

Por fortuna, van abriéndose camino algunos movimientos más fieles, pero mientras no hayan obispos y seminarios alineados con Roma, el desangramiento de fieles continuará, ahora alentado además por el dismulado comunismo ateo del gobierno de Evo Morales, muchos de cuyos ministros y colaboradores fueron formados por las ONGs jesuitas o los colegios liberacionistas.

Prof. Basto said...

I was present at the Mass for the Abbatial Blessing of the current abott of the Abbey of Our Lady of Monserrat in Rio de Janeiro (Monastery of St. Benedict of Rio de Janeiro), and I witnessed a kind of mea culpa made by Cardinal Eusebio Scheid, Arcbishop of Rio de Janeiro, during his homily.

He said that they, the Bishops of Latin America, had agreed in previous CELAM meetings, on the necessity of a "preferential option for the poor", in the life of the Church. Then he said that, while concern for the social question was important, the only option that could be made was an "option for Christ", and went on to highlight the importance of putting Christ, and Divine Worship, at the centre of life in the Church.

He praised the care that Benedictines in Rio have regarding the correct celebration of the Liturgical mysteries, the importance of the Liturgy in their spirituality, commented on the dozens, often hundreds of faithful that flock to the emputy downtown Rio de Janeiro every Sunday to hear the conventual Mass at that abbey, etc.

(The Monastery is really one of the only places where the Liturgy is celebrated in perfect conformity with the rubrics in Rio. In spite of using the Pauline Missal, there is plenty of Latin, Gregorian chant, sound doctrine in the homily, ad libitum intersessions are not used during the Eucharistic Prayer, the Roman Canon (Eucharistic Prayer I) is almost always the one used, solemn Mass is very reverent etc.

Homilies such as that give us hope. However, when I consider the state of other parishes under control of His Eminence, one really wonders: is it incompetence, or lack of will?

Anonymous said...

It's not rocket science: the current problem with the marxist movement of Liberation Theology can be drawn back to to the signal cry of the danger at Fatima by the Virgin Mary.

Q: Has Fatima been obeyed?
A: No

Thus one sees the "errors of Russia being spread" in South America.

It is a Pandora's Box, the genie has been let out and must do it's worse; and more than likely it will get worse before the Bishops' get a clue and obey Fatima.

totustuusmaria said...

Wow! These reports are really bad. Kyrie Eleison!

El Sacristán said...

Speaking of mea-culpas, the once liberal Bishops´ Conference of Peru has made a very interesting declaration:
here is the link:

www.aciprensa.com/noticia.php?n=15473&PHPSESSID=81b67df29d954077ec4fb7f536c7b1f6

In the inaugural address,Monsignor Cabrejos, the chairman of the Conference, made a astonishing diagnosis of the current peruvian reality (in the Church and in the society), denouncing the dictatorship of relativism, the deification of social and political structures, the sexual licentiousness, etc...

It seems that the wave of ratzingerian realism has arrived to Peru. Considering the years of strange optimism and merely social activism of the Conference, it is a great advance.

I heard from a very good source, that Monsignor Cabrejos has became in the recent months very close to the liturgical traditionalism.

Therefore, I am quite optimistic about the future of the Church in Peru.

There are now very few liberationists bishops. The Theological Faculty of Lima is now clean and orthodox.

There is a so much to do, but the horizon is much better than just a couple of years ago.

The last redoubt of indigenuos-liberationist theology, the Vicary of Ayaviri, is being restored by an orthodox and strong bishop.

Deo Gratias!

John said...

"Is there any hope that the Catholic hemorrhage will be stopped?" Yes. Pope Benedict XVI needs to learn and apply the concept of governance. What would be the impact of Pope Benedict XVI appearing in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, dressed in black vestments, issuing a decree that the archdiocesan see of Los Angeles is vacant followed by another decree defrocking its erstwhile occupant and excommunicating him for heresy? He would probably only have to repeat the performance a couple times before the other heretics who prefer their jobs over their heterodoxy would fall in line and start acting like Catholic prelates.

Simon-Peter said...

Yes, John, but face is more important than soul, whether Mahoney's or anyone elses...which is why they talk and talk and talk whilst souls are falling into hell like snowflakes.

Martha said...

Milanta,Fernando Antonio,

y todos otros de raiz Latina, les mando mis saludos y un abrazo.

Cuenten con mis oraciones para el triumfe de N.Sra. como ella nos prometio en Fatima!

Me entristo mucho en ver lo que pasa entre mi gente. Yo creo que lo que necesitamos es organizar una peregrinacion de todo el mundo Latino, al sanctuario de N.Sra. de Guadalupe, posiblemente celebrando una Misa Tridentina por el nuevo Inst. del Buen Pastor.

Posiblemente hay personas aqui que puedan organizarlo?

Vinícius said...

Here in Brazil not every bishops are partidary of Liberation Teology.

The largest problem here is the lack of liturgical sense. Almost every priest makes his own Mass. Redemptionis Sacramentum is not followed in many aspects.

It is possible to find good parishes, where the Liturgy is well done. It is possible to see the work ok Bishop Rifan priests, who celebrate the Tridentine Mass in most places of my country.

The Liberation Teology is veiled in many Seminaries, but the good shepherds are trying to take it from those places.