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Brazilian president threatens to reconsider accords with Church

Catholic World News - October 08, 2010

Brazilian President Luiz “Lula” da Silva has threatened to review the government’s agreements with the Church if Catholic leaders continue to question his likely successor’s stand on abortion.

Brazilian prelates have been critical of Dilma Rousseff, the front-runner in presidential elections that will be held on October 31, because of her support for legal abortion. Gilberto Carvalho, the president’s personal secretary, said that Lula might call for a review of pacts with the Church—governing issues such as support for parochial schools-- if the criticism continued.

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  • Posted by: Obregon - Oct. 10, 2010 12:39 AM ET USA

    Fools, absolute fools! In any confrontation with the Church in Latin America the Church wins because no government can't go against the wishes of the majority of the population that happens to be Catholic. Plutarco Elias Calles learned that in Mexico in the late 20s and Lula is going to learn it now.

  • Posted by: Justin8110 - Oct. 09, 2010 1:31 PM ET USA

    The only time there is peace between the Church and the world is when the Church bows down at the altar of the world. When the Church starts living and proclaiming authentic Catholic Truth than she will be persecuted. This has been the story since day one. We better get used to it, as the world is getting more and more hostile to us. As a good priest once said, "there are no gentlemans agreements with the devil" and last I heard he was "the prince of this world."

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