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« on: October 19, 2011, 10:03:21 AM »

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Thirty years ago, 90% of Brazilians called themselves Catholic. Now, this figure has dropped to 68%, the lowest since 1872. Alarm bells have started ringing because more and more people in the world’s largest Catholic country (140 million faithful), are severing their ties with Rome.

So much for a Latin America that was once a land of hope for global Catholicism. Today’s figures show quite the opposite. According to data published by the “Getulio Vargas” foundation, over the last decade, as a result of secularisation and the boom in evangelisation sects, the number of Brazilian Catholics is constantly falling, as dozens of evangelical denominations grow disproportionately. A study carried out on 200 thousand people by Brazil’s main research institute, portrays a progressive distancing, particularly of new generations, from the Catholic Church.
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According to the U.S. note, the Holy See is sounding the alarm because of the growth of Evangelical Churches in Brazil. The Vatican Secretary of State believes that Brazil and Latin America must be considered a “missionary land”, where the Church needs to “start from scratch” and “the clergy needs to be retrained” if the advance of the Evangelical Churches is to be halted.
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« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2011, 10:44:05 AM »

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Thirty years ago, 90% of Brazilians called themselves Catholic. Now, this figure has dropped to 68%, the lowest since 1872. Alarm bells have started ringing because more and more people in the world’s largest Catholic country (140 million faithful), are severing their ties with Rome.

So much for a Latin America that was once a land of hope for global Catholicism. Today’s figures show quite the opposite. According to data published by the “Getulio Vargas” foundation, over the last decade, as a result of secularisation and the boom in evangelisation sects, the number of Brazilian Catholics is constantly falling, as dozens of evangelical denominations grow disproportionately. A study carried out on 200 thousand people by Brazil’s main research institute, portrays a progressive distancing, particularly of new generations, from the Catholic Church.
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According to the U.S. note, the Holy See is sounding the alarm because of the growth of Evangelical Churches in Brazil. The Vatican Secretary of State believes that Brazil and Latin America must be considered a “missionary land”, where the Church needs to “start from scratch” and “the clergy needs to be retrained” if the advance of the Evangelical Churches is to be halted.

Compare this to its attittude to what it is up to in Ukraine and the rest of Eastern Europe.

The percentage was only 68% in 1872?
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« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2011, 11:29:26 AM »

Well it could ultimately be a good thing. Like the Ukrainians and the talks of the "Evangelical Synthesis", perhaps many of the Evangelical converts will actually gain greater familiarity with the Holy Scriptures and also begin to cultivate a greater inner investment into their faith and have it exist less as a "mere" cultural accident. After all of this takes place, then maybe the seeds will be sewn for a return to a more apostolic form of Christianity. The ones converting now may eventually become prodigal children. Not everything about these intrusions are bad, however. Of course I guess they could just lead people by the hand into secularism, which is the next stop on the Protestant express. First stop, "me and God". Second stop, "me."
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« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2011, 11:48:33 AM »


Yup....still waiting for those Greek Catholic Ukrainians to return to their Ukrainian Orthodox roots!   Wink
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« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2011, 11:57:10 AM »

Well it could ultimately be a good thing. Like the Ukrainians and the talks of the "Evangelical Synthesis", perhaps many of the Evangelical converts will actually gain greater familiarity with the Holy Scriptures and also begin to cultivate a greater inner investment into their faith and have it exist less as a "mere" cultural accident. After all of this takes place, then maybe the seeds will be sewn for a return to a more apostolic form of Christianity. The ones converting now may eventually become prodigal children. Not everything about these intrusions are bad, however. Of course I guess they could just lead people by the hand into secularism, which is the next stop on the Protestant express. First stop, "me and God". Second stop, "me."
yeah, in many ways this could be a good thing, as evangelicalism, unlike apostolic forms of Christianity, have no staying power.  I know many Orthodox who are better Orthodox from their stint with the evangelicals.
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« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2011, 11:59:03 AM »


Yup....still waiting for those Greek Catholic Ukrainians to return to their Ukrainian Orthodox roots!   Wink
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« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2011, 09:42:50 PM »

Does anyone know how Orthodoxy is doing in Brazil?
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« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2012, 09:28:21 PM »

Brazil and the Rise of the Evangelical Church

It was once the case that Brazilians worshipped as one in the thousands of Catholic churches spread around this vast country. But a religious revolution is taking place, and a new dynamic form of charismatic Evangelical Christianity is taking over. A quarter of Brazilians now worship in Evangelical churches, many of them practicing the Prosperity gospel which promises them happiness and fulfilment in return for a proportion of their wealth. And its wealth, along with power and influence, which the Catholic Church previously claimed as its own, is the result of this increased membership. Paulo Cabral investigates why Brazilians are turning from the Catholicism which has had a presence in Brazil for over 500 years, and how the charismatic churches have become so popular changing the way many Brazilians in some of the poorest areas of the country profess their faith and accumulating this vast wealth and political power along the way.
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Yup....still waiting for those Greek Catholic Ukrainians to return to their Ukrainian Orthodox roots!   Wink

Would that be me your waiting for!!!!!  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2012, 11:28:21 PM »


Why, yes, it would. Smiley
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