We have written before about how Bishops and priests in western South America have done things like “Pago a la tierra” and Pachamama (Peru, Chile, Ecuador etc)
But there are huge syncretism issues in the Church in Brazil (particulary in areas like Bahia) and parts of Uruguay and Argentina.
Candomble and Umbanda are both syncretic religions based on Afro-Brazil Spiritism and Catholicism. Many Catholics practice both Catholicism and a spiritist religion. Bishops and priests go along with it or even join in!
Umbanda has many gods and goddesses (orixas) who are hidden by various Catholic saints (Mary, Benedict, Cosmas and Damian etc). For example, Yemanjá is the sea goddes behind Our Lady of the Seas. Oxum is Our Lady of Apericida.
Candomble has feast days on same days at Catholic feasts (eg. Candlemas Feb 2). Always dressed in white
There are not many pure Candombles or Umbandans, but many Catholics practice parts of them!
Catholics will go to BOTH celebrations! ” a great number of Catholics would have some belief in, if not fear of, Candomble spirits and practices. These Catholics practice what is called dulpa pertença or “double belonging”.”
Bishop Keller spoke strongly against these errors, but many other bishops seem to go along. Is this what we want for a future for the global Church?
Why are African bishops and Cardinals so good (Cdls Sarah and Arinze) and in the South America they push liberation and syncretism??
The following few screens are unorganized videos, links, and screenshots to give you an idea of the HUGE issue in Brazil. We hope someone can write a good article about this. Use google translate within Chrome broswer (right click on webpage).
(This is a picture done by Spanish theologian SUPPORTERS of Pope Francis)
Watch the following from 26min onwards:
This event took place this weekend in the parish of São Joaquim and Sant'Ana in the archdiocese of Campinas, SP.
Faithfuls report that “afro” masses have become frequent. They say that these masses have typical songs accompanied by drums, typical clothes and dances.
The Mass held this Sunday had the special participation of the members of the Umbanda terreiro Ilê Omonibu Axé Beje-Ero, as well as a Mother of Saint and a Pastor.
Through social networks the umbandista organization released photos where it is possible to perceive the participation of people with characteristic clothes and turbans. The priest was not left out either and was featured wearing a brightly colored tunic and stole. It is also possible to observe that there was the entrance of a banner with the photo of Zumbi dos Palmares, as well as a procession with "offerings" that were placed before the altar, and dances.
In one of the photos of the publication you can see the priest and probably the pastor kneeling before the altar receiving prayers from the Holy Mother.
The ritual of the washing the steps of La Madeleine carried out in the Yoruba language was officiated by a Catholic priest and a pai de santo (Candomblé priest)
I believe that I have understood something of the old African religions that are practiced in Brazil when, in another Terreiro of Umbanda, also at the foot of the beach, protected from the sun by a giant umbrella, a Catholic bishop with miter celebrates a mass before a sculpture of Yemanjá and other Orixás . Pray an Orthodox Our Father and I feel that I have returned to the starting point, that I still don’t understand anything.
In Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul State, on February 2, the image of Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes (Our Lady) is carried to the port of Pelotas. Before the closing of the Catholic feast, the boats stop and host the Umbanda followers that carry the image of Iemanjá, in a syncretic meeting that is watched by thousand of people on the shore.
Critical analysis from Eastern Orthodox
Repam is pro. Imporant Read!
Fanciscans are pro!
Santo Daime is a small Amazon offshoot that uses Ayahuasca drug/Ubanda/Catholic
Mediumship and canalization are processes of Spiritism, a process of form and expression on the physical plane of disembodied entities, energies, beings or intelligence. Mediumship and channeling can manifest differently from person to person.
This range of events can include both artistic expression on a daily basis and the incorporation of a spiritual guide as part of a sacred ritual. In Eastern philosophies, the supreme form of incorporation and manifestation is found in service, “compassion in action,” while Love and the Light of the Divine Heart are revealed in the daily life of an individual. In the Santo Daime doctrine, mediumship is rooted in both Amazonian shamanism, the Umbanda tradition, and spiritualism, and includes the incorporation of specific beings and entities for the purpose of teaching and healing.
Loyola Jesuit U… Students asking for advice from “spirits”
a rare awesome Brazil bishop:
Bishop Azcona referred to a meeting held in Brasilia by the REPAM [Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network], before the Synod, last June, during which several “indigenous rituals with invocations and prayers, to which some bishops also participated” took place. Then he mentioned the ceremony held at the Vatican.
“These are fundamental questions and here in the Amazon we know the meaning of Macumba or Candomblé, magical rites and curses from northeastern Brazil and the state of Bahia, which are common here,