Bishop Fernando Legal, SDB, of Sao Miguel Paulista in southern Brazil, said this week it is more important to strengthen the faith of Catholics than to “combat” sects.
During a visit to Aid to the Church in Need in Germany, the bishop said that rather than combating sects which are attempting to recruit Catholics in his diocese, the primordial task of the Church is to defend the Catholic faith.
“Our people should know their Church, learn to love Her and to serve Christ and neighbor,” Bishop Legal said.
Therefore, his priority is in the formation of future priests. Currently, the Diocese of San Miguel Paulista has 56 seminarians, with an additional six men studying in Rome. The diocese, which was created 15 years ago, has ordained more than 60 priests.