I hesitated posting this article because it is long. But as I made my way through it, I realized it was rich with historical detail regarding the Second Vatican Council in addition to detailing the Pact of the Catacombs and Helder Camara’s role in it and how he personally carried it out. If you wish to read the Pact click HERE. When the “jump” to the website with the Pact occurs, there may be a pop-up asking if you want a free trial subscription. Just click the X in the upper corner to close it. If we had any doubts as to what PF is up against in terms of the entrenched power in the Vatican you will get an idea reading this article as I don’t think it has changed much in the 50 years since the events detailed in it. Also, there is some speculation, and well-founded, that PF is very, very familiar with the Pact as he lives out many of its points….reyanna
by Eduardo Hoornaert (English translation by Rebel Girl) July 3, 2016 Iglesia Descalza
Right at the beginning of the book of Exodus are the following words:
“The messenger of Yhwh appeared (to the shepherd named Moses) in a flame blazing from the middle of a bush (thicket, briar, brush) (Ex. 3:2-3).
God calls out from the fire: Moses, Moses.
And Moses: Here I am.
God says: Do not come near. Remove the sandals from your feet, for this land is holy ground. I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.
Yhwh says: Yes, I see the oppression of my people in Egypt, I have heard their cries against their taskmasters, so I know well what they are suffering. Now, the outcry of the children of Israel has reached me, I have seen how the Egyptians are oppressing them.
Now go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt.” (v. 5-10).
Here, at Fronteiras, the same God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Moses called Helder Camara by name.
“Here I am.”
“Take off your sandals, because Fronteiras is hallowed ground. I have seen clearly the oppression of my people in the Northeast, I have heard their cries about the authorities, yes, I know their sorrows. Now, the cry of the children in the Northeast has come to me, I have seen the oppression caused by the highest authorities of the land.”
Even today, these words resonate through the Church of Fronteiras, which is sacred territory. For over thirty years (between 1968 and 1999) there lived a man who knew how to listen to the words. God’s call is still burning for those who have the eyes of Helder Camara, the ears of Helder Camara, the heart of Helder Camara.