.- In order to mark Brazilâs Independence Day on September 7, the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil is releasing a statement calling for âradical reform of the current political system.â The bishops point out that it is not possible âto let this moment pass without carrying out profound political reformâ in response to the widespread denouncing of corruption and the growing indignation over the violation of fundamental values of Brazilian society.
In their statement, the bishops call for greater fidelity to oneâs party, improvements in democratic institutions and the promotion of greater participation in democracy.
The bishops noted that âthe experience of popular participation in politicsâthrough social movements, trade unions, social ministry and political partiesâsignifies progress and an historical patrimony of the Brazilian people which cannot nor should not be lost because of the sinister actions of politicians who seek power and personal advantage at whatever cost.â
The statement encourages all Christians to become involved in the world of politics,â reminding them that âit is worth it to give oneself for a cause that surpasses us; politics can be a way of exercising a greater love.â
The people of Brazil have shown amazing resilience to overcome problems throughout the countryâs history, the bishops noted, and thus the current political crisis could be an occasion for the countryâs democratic institutions to mature, to become more committed to truth, and to strive for a more just, united and free Brazil, where âjustice and peace embrace.â