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Booming Brazil and Contrary Catholics

Article on Brazil's booming economy, through some resource price boost but also diversification, internal markets, and anti-poverty programs (microloans and direct payments.)

The payments are part of Bolsa Familia, giving money to the very poor, and money to the poor who vaccinate and education their children. But the Catholic Church allegedly still opposes it. The Catholic Church, through its powerful National Conference of Bishops of Brazil (CNBB), maintains that "the program vitiates" and leads its beneficiaries to an "accommodation".

Which reminds me:
"When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a Communist." -Dom Helder Camara, former Archbishop of Olinda and Recife

To be fair, I've so far been unable to find other articles with Church opposition to Bolsa Familia. While searching, I found this, which says the Foreign Minister of France is Bernard Kouchner, founder of Doctors Without Borders. I'm trying and failing to imagine something like the US Secretary of State being a head of Human Rights Watch.

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heron61
Aug. 1st, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
Despite being closely associated with many centuries of art and scholarship, and not being frighteningly insane (like so many Protestant denominations), attitudes like those and their attitudes towards AIDs prevention are why that I would not be sad if Catholicism collapsed and faded away. Many changes need to be accomplished to make it part of any remotely humane vision of the 21st century.
mindstalk
Aug. 1st, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
not being frighteningly insane

Well, this is a religion that as of the early 20th century (not timeless doctrine) has held that deliberate abortion is not permissible *even* to save the life of the mother. (Though medical procedures for other life-saving purposes that happen to result in abortion are.)

But I should re-note my failure to find corroborating evidence regarding the Bolsa, though the Church's history with liberation theology made it plausible to me.
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