Religious leaders in Brazil call for Bolsonaro's removal from office
26 de enero de 2021, 14:34Brasilia, Jan 26 (Prensa Latina) Brazilian Evangelical and Catholic leaders on Tuesday demanded to impeach President Jair Bolsonaro for his irresponsible and negligent administration in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The impeachment request is signed by Christian leaders of various denominations. The list includes Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, Methodist priests, and pastors as well.
Not formally supported by churches, the group is backed by some organizations including Brazil's National Council of Christian Churches, Brazilian Commission for Justice and Peace of the National Conference of Bishops and the Alliance of Baptists.
Naudal Alves Gomes, bishop of the Brazilian Anglican Church, Nivia Souza Dias, president of the Brazilian Baptist Alliance, and theologians Lusmarina Campos Garcia, Leonardo Boff and Frei Betto are among the signatories of the impeachment request.
These leaders' stance collides with that of the evangelical pastors who championed Bolsonaro's election in 2018 and are part of the base of support for the government.
The Brasil 247 news portal assured that, amid the current health crisis, Bolsonaro was even commissioned by these allies to react to decrees issued by mayors and governors who ordered to shut sanctuaries down due to the lockdown necessary to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic across the country.
'One part of the church gave uncritical and unconditional support to Bolsonaro regardless of the speech he defended. We want to prove that the Christian faith really needs to be rescued and the church is not a monolithic bloc,' theologian Tiago Santos told O Estado de Sao Paulo journal.
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