AMERICA/BRAZIL - Assembly of Bishops: "It is urgent to resume the path of ethics to rebuild social fabric"

Friday, 5 May 2017 episcopal conferences   politics   corruption   violence  

Brasilia (Agenzia Fides) - The Bishops of Brazil, almost at the end of their 55th General Assembly celebrated in Aparecida, which ends on May 5, have issued an official note on the historic moment Brazil has been living in recent times. On May 4, the Presidency of the Bishops' Conference (CNBB) outlined a work report and submitted the note to journalists.
The Archbishop of Brasilia and President of CNBB, Cardinal Sergio da Rocha, stressed that the Assembly goes beyond the published texts and documents: "It is a period of time between us Bishops of sharing, prayer, reflection and study". He also recalled two fundamental aspects: the central theme of the Assembly, "Initiation to Christian Life", on which a document is being prepared, and the project "Think of Brazil", which this year reflects on public education in the country and the message to Brazil's workers.
The note sent to Fides stresses that Brazil is "a bewildered Country, with public and private actors who ignore ethics and are without moral principles". In the text the Bishops warn: "It is urgent to resume the path of ethics to rebuild social fabric in Brazil. Only then society will be able to combat its most obvious evils: violence against people and life, against the family, drug trafficking and other illicit activities, excessive use of police force, corruption, tax evasion, misappropriation of public property, abuse of economic and political power, manipulation of the media, environmental crimes". (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 5/5/2017)