Rorate Caeli

Meeting for Priests in Northeastern Brazil

The Diocese of Garanhuns, in the state of Pernambuco (Northeastern Brazil), will promote a meeting for priests on the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. The meeting will take place on June 17-19.

The meeting was organized by several priests interested in the Traditional Roman Rite, and is being encouraged by the local ordinary, Bishop Fernando Guimarães (who used to work in the Congregation for the Clergy), with the presence of Bishop Fernando Rifan.

A few short years ago, before the Motu Proprio, our correspondent tells us, there was not a single diocesan Traditional Mass in the entire northern half of Brazil. Now, a meeting of priests from all Brazil will take place there. We will try to post pictures of the meeting.

1 comment:

Prof. Carlos Ramalhete said...

It is a very important step, for several reasons:
1 - The NE of Brazil is the poorest region of the county, and one of the most affected by "Liberation Theology";
2 - The same region is also one of the most traditionally-bent. Canudos, the sole Monarchist and Catholic revolt against the Brazilian Republic, happened there, and, of course, ended in genocide, just like in the French Vendée;
3 - As it is a very poor region, North-Easterners migrate in great numbers to the richer South, where they usually fall prey to Protestant sects.
According to the last statistics, nowadays one Brazilian in four has become a Protestant. Protestantism mainly affects the poorest people in the bigger cities, among whom there is a considerable number of North-Eastern immigrants, who lose the social network they had at home and build a new one in a Pentecostal sect.

Brazil is a ***very hierarchical*** country. The Traditional Mass will only make real inroads here when the Bishops and priests start saying it, as their sugestions and deeds are perceived as legitimate orders.
The best place to start is precisely in the poorest NE countryside, where the Bishops and priests still have the status of a feudal lord.
With "Liberation Theology", though, the Bishops and priests started preaching Communism, trying to convince the poor to revolt against the upper classes, which have the allegiance of the poor they protect. The poor were torn between the orders issued by the priests, who wanted them to revolt, and those issued by the landowners, who wanted them to live peacefully. Many, if not most, just gravitated out of the Church, limiting their practice to private devotions and pilgrimages. Others formed Communist guerilla movements, (i.e., the "MST"), backed by Communist clergy and hated by the greatest part of the rural population.
If the Traditional Mass comes back there, there will, again, be an alliance between the Church and the landowners, and peace will return.