.- The president of the Bishopsâ Conference of Brazil, Archbishop Geraldo Lyrio Rocha, said this week the country is passing through a time of âgrave institutional crisisâ and that therefore âprofound political reformâ is needed.
In noting that âcorruption erodes democracy,â the bishop mentioned the recent scandal involving Senate leader Renan Calheiros, who is of the same party as President Lula and who resigned over corruption charges. Archbishop Rocha called it one of the âdarkestâ episodes in Brazilian politics.
âThe impression that is given is that corruption is common in public life, and that creates a climate of frustration and ethical relativism, which extends to social relationships and to private life,â the archbishop stated.
He said the public is increasingly outraged over the âlack of respect for fundamental valuesâ and that corruption is undermining the public trust in democracy.