Papa Ratzi in Brazil
The pope's pastoral visit to Brazil will extend from May 9-14. Read more about the plan here.
Happily, the New York Times is all over it: As Pope Heads to Brazil, a Rival Theology Persists! Etc. They are referring of course to Liberation Theology, a set of notions which admirably calls attention to the Gospel's implications for the poor, while lamentably reducing Jesus to a means to an end. See Timothy's trenchant summary at Whitehall.
This alerting headline in the Times indicates nothing of the masses of former Catholics who have left the safety of the Church in anger and become caught up in a materialistic version of charistmatic Evangelicalism in the past decade. This is also to say nothing of the rural tribes who persist in blending their animism with the most kitschy manifestations of the RC, resulting in a rather appalling level of idolatry. This is to say nothing of the horrors of the sex trade in Brazil.
In short, Papa has his work cut out for him in Brazil.