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The Amazon Synod’s Bad New Ally: The Brazilian Workers’ Party (PT), Uniting Progressivism and Leftism

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Look who is defending the cause of the Amazon Synod – Brazil’s Workers’ Party (PT)!

“We are ready to contribute to this very important Assembly, which is being attacked by the Bolsonaro government simply because its theme is that the Amazon is being destroyed and given over to foreign capital. Everyone who supports it deserves our congratulations,” said Congressman Frei Anastácio (PT-PB).

But there is more: “Politicians intend to send a delegation to attend the coming event in Rome from October 6 to 27. Pope Francis had announced he would veto the participation of politicians in the synod.” [1]

For the Left, this is only natural: “The Second Declaration of Havana invoked the case of Indians, Mestizos, Blacks, and Mulattoes hoping to find in these racial groups a powerful army reserve for the Revolution.”

In Brazil, the main leftist leaders came out of sacristies

Positivists and liberals claim that Church and State have nothing to do with each other. However, history shows the opposite.

The French Revolution spawned the Civil Constitution of the Clergy and forced the clergy to take the oath. Communist China created the Patriotic Association and Civil Registry of the Clergy and is forcing priests and bishops to register.

Historically, the left’s leadership in Brazil was forged in the sacristies – Lula would have much to tell about his contacts with Frei Betto and Archbishop Claudio Hummes.

Analogies between progressivism and leftism

In 1976, the book by Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira, titled The Church Facing the Escalating Communist Threat caused had a great impact throughout Brazil. In it, he quotes excerpts by Bishop Pedro Casaldáliga against private property. The prelate claims he wants to go “beyond communism.”

Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira writes:

“In current usage, [the word] progressivism designates a religious movement.

“Although the spiritual and temporal societies are not to be confused, analogies between progressivism and leftism are easy to discern.

“By way of example, let us recall that progressivism aims to carry out in spiritual society reforms with goals very similar to those which leftism aims at in temporal society.

“This explains the points of convergence between Catholic progressives and Catholic leftists.

“Every religious system includes a moral system. As a religious movement, progressivism has inevitable reflections on the moral principles of its adepts. Among these principles are those governing relationships between citizens and the State, employers and employees, etc. In these matters, progressivism and leftism meet, and usually cooperate” (free download of the Portuguese original at https://www.pliniocorreadeoliveira.info/livros/1976%20-%20Escalada.pdf

Cardinal Claudio Hummes participates in a leftist event

The Church is not leftist. However, Cardinal Claudio Hummes (the Synod’ss rapporteur) is aligned with the Left. His presence at a leftist event at TUCA (Theater of the Catholic University of São Paulo) caused surprise because of its stark contrast with the absence of Church representatives in Brazil’s Independence Day celebrations.

With the headline: “The Mask of Impartiality Drops: Cardinal Hummes at Event against the Bolsonaro Government,” the website Fratres In Unum comments on September 4: “Alongside dozens of leftist politicians was none other than the Archbishop emeritus of São Paulo, Cardinal Claudio Hummes, rapporteur of the Pan-Amazon Synod to be held in Rome within a month.”[2]

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The Second Declaration of Havana Promotes Indian Separatism

Walter Kolarz of the BBC of London, a well-known specialist in communist affairs, stated:

“The Second Declaration of Havana raised the issue of’ the Indians, the Mestizos, the Negros, and the Mulattos in the hope of finding in these racial groups a powerful reserve army for the revolution. These racial questions were raised in the Declaration of Havana with special persistence, and the passages in consideration recall several statements on Latin America made by pre-war Communist International in which the Indian problem usually held an important place.

“Already in 1928, on the occasion of the 6th Congress of the Communist International, the parties of Latin America were instructed to develop a series of special measures regarding self-determination for the Indian tribes, special propaganda in the Indian languages, and special efforts for the conquest of key people among them. In reply to this general orientation, the Peruvian communists advocated the formation of the republics of Quechuan and Aymaran, and even the communist party of Chile demanded the creation of the republic of Arauco, though there were only a few thousand Araucan Indians in the southern part of the country. By 1950, the Mexican communists came out with the slogan: ‘Autonomy in local and regional administration’ for the Indian peoples” (Walter Kolarz, Communism and Colonialism, McMillan, 1965.)

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It is high time for the Vatican to make it clear that it supports Brazil’s territorial integrity, her sovereignty over the Amazon, and rejects the efforts of the international Left to foster indigenous separatism. How welcome such a statement from Rome would be! Unfortunately, the winds from there are blowing in the opposite direction.

May Christ the Redeemer and Our Lady of Aparecida watch over Brazil and her territorial integrity and national sovereignty, which cost our ancestors so much toil and blood in the Battles of Guararapes, Maranhão, Rio de Janeiro, and Vitória.

  • [1] https://renovamidia.com.br/deputados-do-pt-apoiam-sinodo-da-amazonia/
  • [2] https://fratresinunum.com/2019/09/04/cai-a-mascara-do-isentismo-dom-claudio-hummes-em-evento-contra-o-governo-bolsonaro/
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