Brasilia, Brazil, Feb 17, 2021 / 15:52 pm
The head of Brazil's military ordinariate has told the nation's bishops' conference he will not use material from this year's ecumenical Lenten campaign because it contains gender ideology concepts.
"The evangelization of the faithful at any time, but especially in a special time such as Catholic Lent, is not a place for dialogue on themes that are polemical and contrary to the authentic doctrine of our Church," Archbishop Fernando Jose Monteiro Guimarães of the Military Ordinariate of Brazil wrote Feb. 8.
"Interreligious dialogue is necessary and opportune when, respecting various expressions of faith, it is carried out in the competent sees," Archbishop Guimarães added in his letter to Archbishop Walmor Oliveira de Azevedo of Belo Horizonte, president of the National Conference of the Bishops of Brazil.
The military archbishop stressed that "it is the responsibility of the diocesan bishops, as authentic teachers and guardians of the deposit of faith, to guarantee the orthodoxy of the faith that is preached to the faithful in their diocese."