“All the great evils of the world are because of money,” said Claudio Cardinal Hummes upon renewing the “Pact of the Catacombs” in Rome.
We ask where Cardinal Hummes was when countless Brazilians took to the streets in huge demonstrations against corruption, greed, and embezzlement of public funds. What did the cardinal, now rapporteur of the Amazon Synod, ever say against the plundering of the country’s treasury by the PT (Brazilian Workers’ Party)? He is perfectly aware that much of that money went to benefit Cuba, Venezuela, the Bolivia of Evo Morales, and left-aligned African countries.
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Words of Cardinal Hummes Renewing the Pact of the Catacombs
“The great evils of the world are due to the money that feeds corruption, conflict, lies. Everything to make money, to make money at all costs. Money is the great enemy of Jesus, for you cannot serve God and money.”
With these words, Claudio Cardinal Hummes, Archbishop Emeritus of São Paulo and General Rapporteur of the Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, renewed the historic Pact of the Catacombs, in which the Church assumes its preferential option for the poor.
It would be much more advantageous for Brazil, the Church, the Cardinal, and the Brazilian Bishops’ Conference to lead preaching moral reform and moral values such as “Thou shalt not steal.” A campaign in all dioceses and parishes preaching the moral reform of society.
A campaign for the family, mainstay of society. Whereas in the Gospel Our Lord metioned the devil, the world, and the flesh as the three enemies of man, the Cardinal finds it more useful to speak against money.
“The Amazon Synod is a product of Vatican II”
Cardinal Hummes is absolutely right by indicating Archbishop Helder Camara as the leader and mentor of the Pact of the Catacombs, signed during the Second Vatican Council.
“Archbishop Helder gives us this great example, reminds us of Vatican II and all the work it has done. We know that this synod is a fruit of Vatican II. This is very important; we need to see this reference, this relationship: they are the fruits, they are the ways that Vatican II already indicated to us. And then we have the figure of Dom Helder in Vatican II, always recalling that the Church must not forget the poor. ”
The Pact of the Catacombs’ New Ecological Creed
The signatories of the document commit themselves to “renewing the preferential option for the poor”, to abandoning “every type of colonist mentality and posture” and to proclaiming “the liberating novelty of the Gospel of Jesus Christ”. We ask: Is that Liberation Theology?
“To assume, in view of the extreme threat of global warming (sic) and the exhaustion of natural resources (sic), the commitment to defend in our territories and with our attitudes the standing Amazon Forest.”
“Recognize that we do not own mother earth, but are her sons and daughters.”
“However, Holy Scripture says that man is the king of Creation: ‘Increase and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it, and rule over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and all living creatures that move upon the earth’” (Gen. 1:28).
“Renewing in our churches the preferential option for the poor, especially for the original peoples, and along with them, guarantee their right to being protagonists in society and the Church” (sic).
The Catholic Church is the infallible Teacher of Truth. What is this “right to being protagonists in society and the Church”?
Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira was absolutely right when, in 1977, he wrote the book Indigenous Tribalism, the Communist-Missionary Ideal for Brazil in the Twenty-First Century. The facts confirm his prediction. Read it in the Pan-Amazon Synod Watch’s Book Section.
We must hope and confide, as the Holy Catholic Church is supported by the promise of Our Lord that the gates of hell will not prevail against her. Further more, at Fatima, Our Lady promised, “At last, My Immaculate Heart will Triumph.”
Translated by the staff of Pan-Amazon Synod-Watch.