Catholic bishops affirm that democracy must be “protected” and reiterate “unconditional support” for the institutions of the Republic
The CNBB (National Conference of Brazilian Bishops) released this Friday (September 2, 2022) its “Message to the Brazilian People” with an invitation to society to “participate actively and peacefully” of the elections. In the document, the Catholic bishops criticize the “religious manipulation” by politicians and claim that democracy must be “protected”.
In the message, the bishops stated that the country “is involved in a complex and systemic crisis, which opens up the structural inequality, historically rooted in Brazilian society”. Here is the entirety (184 KB) of the document.
“As if all the structural and conjunctural challenges to be faced were not enough, it is urgent to reaffirm the obvious: Our young democracy needs to be protected, through a broad national pact”, they stated.
The CNBB reaffirmed its support for institutions, especially those involved in the electoral process. The bishops declared that the “religious manipulation” endangers democracy. “Religious manipulation, carried out by politicians and religious, distorts the values of the Gospel and takes the focus away from the real problems that need to be debated and faced in our Brazil.”
The bishops criticized the “latent, explicit and growing violence, potentiated by the flexibilization of the possession and carrying of weapons”. They also mentioned concern about unemployment, lack of access to quality education, corruption, hunger and the spread of fake news.
“Victims of an economy that kills, we celebrate the achievements of these 200 years of independence, aware that decent living conditions for all are still a great challenge. An authentic commitment to the truth is necessary, with the promotion of State policies capable of effectively contributing to the reduction of inequalities, the overcoming of violence and the expansion of access to shelter, work and land.”, declared.
The document released this Friday is the result of the 59th general meeting of the CNBB held in Aparecida do Norte (SP), from August 28 to September 2, with 292 participants. The meeting marked the return to face-to-face meetings of the Brazilian episcopate. For more than 2 years, bishops have been meeting virtually because of the pandemic.
In the previous message, about the first virtual stage of the general assembly, the bishops declared that the result of the elections should be respected.
The text was signed by Dom Walmor Oliveira de Azevedo, president of CNBB; Bishop Joel Portella Amado, Auxiliary Bishop of Rio de Janeiro and Secretary General of the Conference; Archbishop Jaime Spengler, Archbishop of Poro Alegre (RS) and vice-president of the CNBB; and Mário Antônio da Silva, bishop of Roraima and also vice president of the institution.