|Brazil and Abortion: Are Pentecostals a Pope's Best Friends?|
|Written by Sherry|
|Thursday, 10 May 2007 10:36|
John Allen raises a good point this morning:
"Though part of the unspoken logic for Benedict XVI’s trip to Brazil is to offset Catholic losses to Pentecostalism, now estimated at almost 20 million Brazilians and growing, political realities in the country on issues such as abortion and gay marriage in some sense make the Pentecostals the pope's best friends.
Such are the ironies of life in Latin America."For example: The President of Brazil, a Catholic, is personally pro-life but feels that “the state cannot abdicate from caring for this as a public health question, because to do so would lead to the death of many young women in this country.” Sound familiar?
Meanwhile, the Vice-President of Brazil is a member of the Pentecostal Universal Church of the Kingdom of God and the strongest pro-life member of the administration.
“It’s not just the specific question of abortion or homosexuality,” one Brazilian journalist explained today. “It’s the broader question of the ‘religiousness’ of Brazil. If the pope had to rely just on the Catholics, the country would actually be much secularized than it already is.”
Just as Catholics and evangelicals have found common ground in this country over the battle for life (and numerous evangelicals were exposed to serious Catholic Christianity for the first time which has precipitated not a few conversions), so too in Brazil.