Rorate Caeli

Aparecida Notes

The website of the Fifth General Conference of Latin American Bishops has just released a summary (in Spanish) of the main document of the Aparecida Conference -- another uninspiring document, filled with ideologically-motivated clichés, as the Catholic hemorrhage in Latin America goes on... The word "sacramentos" is not even once mentioned in the summary -- and how will a true "missionary spirit" rekindle a "new Pentecost" (sic) in Latin America without the Sacraments which were the essence of the Spanish and Portuguese missionary effort in the Western Hemisphere?

Naturally, we did not expect anything else: the best text of the Conference remains the Pope's opening address (and his best speech in Brazil remains his remarkable address to the Bishops of that nation).