May 9: Press conference during the flight to Brazil

Source: FSSPX News


“With the change of the political situation on that continent, there has also been a profound change in liberation theology,” he affirmed. “It is obvious that these easy millenarianisms, which promise immediate and easy solutions for a more just life through revolution, are wrong,” he continued, emphasizing the fact that today “everyone knows this.” Now the question is rather “about the Church’s role in the struggle to create the necessary reforms to guarantee just conditions.”

In this respect, Benedict XVI paid a tribute to the work of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which aims at “freeing us from these false millenarianisms, and at freeing us also from an erroneous confusion between the Church and politics.” “The Magisterium’s intervention does not have for its objective to destroy commitment in favor of justice, but to indicate the right path in the distinction between political and ecclesial responsibility,” he explained.

Answering the journalist from the I.MEDIA agency concerning Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador, murdered in 1980 while celebrating Mass, Benedict XVI called him a “great witness of the faith.” However the pope spoke about the problem that his beatification causes because “some political groups want to make him their standard-bearer.” “I do not doubt that in himself he deserves beatification, but we must consider the context,” he explained.

Concerning the success met by sects in Latin America, Benedict XVI estimated that “it shows that there is a thirst for God, a thirst for religion.” The Catholic Church must be “more missionary-minded, more dynamic and bring answers to this thirst for God,” he declared. “We must help them to find the conditions for a more just life.” “The poor want a God who is on their side,” he added.

About the recent decriminalization of abortion in Mexico, and the reminder by the bishops of that country of the incompatibility between the practice of abortion and access to communion, Benedict XVI stressed that “the murder of any innocent person, of any infant is incompatible with the reception of holy communion.” “This excommunication is not something arbitrary, it is foreseen by the law of the Church,” he specified. The pope added that “at the root of these pro-abortion rulings, there is a certain selfishness and a doubt concerning the value of life and the future.” “Life is a gift, life is not a threat,” he insisted, and he paid a tribute to the “great struggle of the Church for life.”

Benedict XVI recalled that “the primary objective” of his visit was to open the 5th General Conference of the Bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean. He expressed the wish that this conference “offer solutions for the great social and political problems of Latin America.” But he was keen to specify that “the Church does not meddle in politics. We respect secularism.” The Church “offers and gives condition in which the solution of social problems can mature in sound politics”. – Upon his arrival, he was welcomed by the Brazilian president, Luiz Ignacio Lula da Silva, and the pope insisted upon the “fundamentally religious significance” of his visit, explaining that the Church “seeks only to stress the moral values present in each situation and to form the conscience of the citizens so that they may make informed and free decisions.”

In conclusion, the pope called a “providential sign” the coincidence between his presence at the Marian shrine of Aparecida on May 13, and the 90th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima.