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Brazilian Bishop: “The Church’s Mission is to bring the Gospel to Everyone, Including the Indigenous. No Culture is Above Christ”.

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On his radio program of October 1, Most Rev. Adair Guimarães, Bishop of Formosa (State of Goiás-Brazil) spoke about the Amazon Synod. Here are some of the most relevant excerpts:

Let us pray for our Church in these difficult times. Many people [are] concerned about this Amazon Synod because many voices have proposed topics beyond the essential scope of the Church. To all of you who have been calling and sending messages asking about the dangers of the Amazon Synod, I want to say that the Holy Spirit illuminates and assists the Holy Father, and Pope Francis will know very well how to separate the wheat from the chaff. Some of the propositions sent for debate at the synod are even disrespectful of the tradition of the Church, and the Pope clearly will not accept the realities that many want to see happening after the synod.

What we need in the Amazon are priests, men and women religious, laypeople who accept the love of Jesus in their hearts and who become true announcers of the hope of Jesus. The mission of the Church is to take the Gospel to everyone, including indigenous peoples, who also need to know the Gospel. No culture is above Christ. No philosophical expression [is] above the mystery of Redemption; one cannot consider any non-Christian religious practice as being above the message of Jesus.

We know that over the last 50 years, many have raised their voices to promote confusion in the Church; but the Holy Spirit is the one leading the Church, not Liberation Theology. What drives the Church is not this or that ideology, but the Holy Spirit. The Church will soon bury those who propagate heresies; they will fall into the ostracism of their own insignificance because they are people who sometimes have no faith, no love for God’s work.

Let us pray for our Church, her missionary action, the Pope, bishops, pastoral workers, and for the holiness of our Church. This is what we need; people want a praying Church that proclaims the truth of Christ, not human truths, not theological ‘opinions’ here and there. We already know all that needs to be done in the Church; there is no need to listen to A or B, to voices coming from Germany, from people who have already lost their faith and their way.  [Emphasis is ours]

[There is no need to listen to the] European voices of those who have already lost their way to evangelization, which is why Europe is in the situation it is. Those people have nothing to contribute to our need for evangelization here in South America.

 

(Transcribed, without revision by the author, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnqjoQo7TgA)

 

Translated by the staff of Pan-Amazon Synod Watch.

 

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