Rorate Caeli

The environmentalist Bishop
who wants to starve himself to death for a river

What does this bizarre affair better exemplify? The lack of credibility of Church leaders who refuse to face up to the pro-death organizations, but want Catholics to take a stand in a matter of environmental policy which is perfectly debatable? The unstoppable powers of Episcopal Conferences and their out-of control bureaucrats?

The upper echelons of the Brazilian Catholic Church have decided to lend their support to Bishop Luiz Cappio, who is on hunger strike against the diversion of water from the Sao Francisco river, after the government confirmed it would go ahead with the project.

The authorities argue that the work is essential to provide water for millions of poor people in the semi-arid northeast, the country’s poorest region.

The decision by the National Conference of Brazilian Bishops (CNBB) was announced after a meeting between high-ranking Church representatives and President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who told them that the project would continue, and that it was the Church’s own responsibility to intercede with Cappio to give up his fast, which he began on Nov. 27.

Instead, the CNBB decided to throw its weight behind Cappio, 61, a member of the Franciscan order and bishop of the diocese of Barra, in the northeastern state of Bahia.

The CNBB issued a communiqué calling on all Christians to join Dom Cappio in fasting and prayer, for his life and his health, and in solidarity with the cause he is defending.
And will the Holy See just stand by?
In the picture: Bishop Cappio, who seems to have put his Franciscan habit back on for his hunger strike stunt.


  1. Anonymous1:45 PM

    what a loser

  2. Anonymous1:51 PM

    I see Cardinal Scherer does not approve: see

  3. Anonymous2:58 PM

    I would hope he puts that much time and energy in looking after the spiritual welfare of each and every soul under his care, but wait he can't he is out saving a RIVER.

  4. Anonymous #1,

    Please do not call a Bishop of the Holy Roman Catholic Church a "loser" no matter what he has done or does now. You should be ashamed of yourself for speaking such vile words.

    For the glory of God and for the sake of your soul, please remove your comment and go to confession in haste!

  5. Anonymous4:22 PM

    Part of the scum that abounds in the Catholic clergy, taking advantage of the ignorance and needs of the poor, to fill their egoistics aspirations. If there weren't poor and ignorant people, these scums wouldn't have a job.

  6. Anonymous4:25 PM

    I think that we should distinguish.

    The hunger strike may be, in itself, morally objectionable.

    But the cause for which he is struggling is probably quite right.

  7. Anonymous4:34 PM

    Is it okay to call a brother a "loser"? Just wondering...

  8. Anonymous5:32 PM

    Unfortunately, the marixt-leftist ideology, which uses the environmental issue & similar issues, is a means to an end, i.e., the installment of a world order. This ideology has infiltrated & infected the Franciscans, as well as the Jesuits & Maryknoll
    just to mention a few. The Franciscans have also been promoters of Charistmaticism,(Medjugore) false ecumenism & so on.

  9. Anonymous6:17 PM

    Brother Anthony, T.O.S.F.,

    Don't be such a crybaby. This bishop was given a slur, but it's legitimate. Many bishops in the Church today deserve the same lack of respect.
    I'm not condoning or applauding it...but it is true!! I can name 20+ Bishops and 2-3 Cardinals in the USA who could be called the same slur. But I wouldn't do it personally.
    That Cardinal Scherer doesn't approve is a good thing. I thought he was another radical, but maybe not.
    It seems that these aging Jesuits, Franciscans, Salesians and others in Brazil (all of whom were at one time rabid supporters of liberation theology), still think we are in the 1970's hippy protest era.
    Don;t expect much from the Vatican in the way of disiplinary action of this bishop, especially with people like the radical liberal Cardinal Re in charge of the Congregation of Bishops, and the likewise dissident Cardinal Levada in charge at the CDF.
    Will the Pope personally intervene to bring an end to this nonsense once and for all? Don't bet on it.
    With bishops like these, no wonder why the little Protestant sects and cults in Brazil have taken so many Catholic converts.

  10. [ The upper echelons of the Fantasylandian Catholic Church have decided to lend their support to Bishop NN, who is on hunger strike against the opposition to Summorum Pontificum in the San Francisco diocese, after the chancery confirmed it would go ahead with the project of neutralization of the motu proprio. ]

  11. Anonymous7:06 PM

    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me!

  12. Anonymous7:20 PM

    Br. Anthony,

    Would Confession in the Novus Ordo count, as the real Church is now "hidden" from most of us?

    There are lots of things I'll probably lose my soul over, but calling a spade a spade is certainly not one of them. It's silence that let these people do what they did in the first place. But what do I know? I've had other Franciscans tell me my intellect is darkened by sin, so I'm probably just deluded by Satan.

  13. During the time when the gospel has readings on the 6th chapter of St. John, we have guests who come to ask for money so that the gospel is not preached. One was a sister who told us the story of one of the sisters from her order who is a 'martyr'...for the environment. She died trying to save the rain forest or some such. Somehow I do not think that will bring her canonization.

    I wish the care of souls and the worship of God would be primary. How many souls have been lost in South America because of environment priorities or liberation theology and the other things that only pertain to this earth. We should care for the earth, yes, but souls come FIRST--I wish all of our 'religious' would feel the same way.

  14. What did St. Francis do when a priest of ill repute was in his sight? He kissed his hands and feet.

    What did St. Padre Pio do when a man detracted from a wayward bishop? He rebuked the man.

    These examples show the reverence we must show for the office of the clergy. A term like "loser" is something you would hear from a delinquent on MTV. There are proper ways to constructively criticize the action of a priest or bishop without seeming to demean the office.

  15. Anonymous9:37 PM

    I suppose this "bishop" is automatically excommunicated by the Decree Against Communism (Pope Pius XII, 1949, confirmed later by Pope John XXIII).

  16. Anonymous9:49 PM

    Charity, charity! Probably best to turn off comments on this one, as it is not doing anyone's soul any good.