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During the election campaign, questions about the participation of the Church in politics again circulate. I’m talking about the Roman Catholic Church. There are those who would expect the Church to be explicitly party oriented and even to form a Catholic bench in the Legislative Assembly to defend the claims of the Catholic Church. Others do not accept any participation of the Church in political life, recognizing only cultural and charitable powers. What to think about it?

Let’s start by clarifying some concepts. By the Catholic Church we mean the community of all those who are baptized in it and adhere to its faith. The church is often mistakenly identified with the clergy, as if it were a clerical organization. It is true that bishops, priests, and deacons have important functions, but the Church does not simply identify with them. This leads to another distinction necessary for the field of politics: it is a clear norm of the Church that clergy have no party affiliation or militancy, since they serve all members of the Church, regardless of party affiliation.

However, with the exception of clergy and members of institutions of consecrated life, all other members of the Church have complete freedom to participate in party political activities and to nominate themselves as candidates for political office. They are even encouraged to do so by exercising their civil rights and participating in the creation of the common good. They are expected to remain true to ethical principles consistent with their belief in private and public life and in political activities. Therefore, it is wrong to say that the Catholic Church is against the participation of its believers in political life. On the contrary, they are encouraged to take on public duties in order to contribute to the common good.

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Would it be wise to encourage the formation of a Catholic bench by using the electoral campaign to elect as many Catholic candidates as possible? This seems like a great temptation, but it can also be a serious mistake. In the teaching of the Catholic Church, believers can freely participate in party associations, if this does not contradict the principles of faith and morality they profess. We understand that the promotion of the common good does not happen entirely through a unified perception of reality. The party always brings an incomplete perception of reality, and the uniformity of views and proposals on social and political life can lead to serious injustice and violence.

Pope Francis has repeatedly called on Catholics to participate in various areas of public life, without claiming to seek and defend advantages for the Catholic Church. They are called to dedicate themselves to the creation of the common good in every possible way. Political activity, when it is guided by noble goals, is a service to the individual and society. There are reasons that are especially in line with their Catholic beliefs, and therefore, as citizens, they have the right to associate with those who think the same way to offer and defend their ideas and proposals for society. They will do this not in the name of an institution of the Catholic Church, but as citizens with rights and duties like other citizens.

There are, of course, reasons that are especially consonant with the Christian vision of man and human activity, society and culture, such as the protection of human life, the dignity of man and his fundamental rights, justice and equality in social relations and economic, social solidarity and peace, priority attention to the poor , sick and vulnerable, caring for the environment, the “common home” of the human family. In promoting and defending these goals, everything depends on cooperation between party associations, because they are not only religious, but also human causes, around which there should be maximum consensus between parties.

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Catholic Christians know that there can be no charitable religiosity without the union of love for God and love for one’s neighbor. And this is not because of the ideological options of the right or the left, but “from the depths of the soul.” Gospel that we recognize the close connection that exists between evangelism and the advancement of man,” said Pope Francis in an exhortation gospel of joy (2013, no. 178). Therefore, although the first duty of the state is to promote a just social order, all members of the Church, including the clergy, “cannot and must not remain aloof from the struggle for justice” – as Benedict XVI already taught in his encyclical God is love (2005, no. 239-240). All Christians are called to care about building a better world.

Is it still worth discussing whether the “Church” should participate in political life? It simply would not have to do this if its members were disembodied spiritual beings, without social relations and without human needs. But this is not so: they are the same citizens as all people.

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Politicians call for investigation into president’s sexual harassment case

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Brazilian politicians have called for an “investigation” and removal of Caixa Econômica’s federal president, Pedro Duarte Guimarães, after allegations of sexual harassment were made by employees of the Metrópoles website. Reported cases include unauthorized intimate touching, inappropriate approaches, and incompatible job offers.

Republican pre-candidate Simone Tebet (MDB) stressed that “sexual harassment is a crime” and called for “strict and immediate” investigations. The senator also said that the president of the bank should be removed from office immediately until the investigations are completed.

“The bank lives off trust, and the state bank cannot allow a potential harasser to the highest position in the institution,” he wrote on Twitter.

Sen. Randolph Rodriguez (Rede-AP) stressed that the allegations are “serious.” The parliamentarian lamented the case after a week of “destructive news of sexual violence”.

“I just asked that Guimarães be summoned to the Human Rights Commission,” he said.

Preliminary candidate for the Chamber of Deputies in this year’s elections, Guilherme Boulos (PSOL) said that “Bolsonarism does not fail”. The politician also demanded an investigation and punishment.

Federal MP Jandira Fegali (PCdoB-RJ) emphasized that women are in danger everywhere and that “not even in a corporate environment, but in a large state bank” they are saved. The MP said she was “disgusted” and demanded “investigation and punishment.”

Pedro Guimarães has been President of Caixa since the current government came to power. The head of the state-owned company is often present at events near Jair Bolsonaro (PL), in addition to participating several times in the president’s weekly live broadcast.

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Why the political core of Bolsonaro’s campaign is in an atmosphere of defeat | Malu Gaspar

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Why the political core of Bolsonaro's campaign is in an atmosphere of defeat |  Malu Gaspar

Centrão was disappointed not only because General Braga Netto was elected as Jair Bolsonaro’s deputy instead of federal deputy Teresa Cristina (PP-MS).

The so-called “political wing” of the campaign is in a state of awakening, and the reason is Bolsonaro’s own behavior.

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The fact that the President stated in an interview this Sunday that went through the former Minister of Agriculture, in favor of the general, only worsened the situation, which had already been sour since the end of last week.

This is because the president ignored all the recommendations of marketer Duda Lima regarding a trip to the northeast between Thursday and Saturday.

Emergency plan: The core of Bolsonaro’s campaign developed a “cord cutting” strategy with Milton Ribeiro.

On Wednesday, Lima and the active core of the campaign, which includes ministers Ciro Nogueira and Braga Netto, Senator Flavio Bolsonaro (PL-RJ) and PL national president Valdemar da Costa Neto, presented a strategic plan to the President. for the next 100 days of the campaign.

Between late afternoon and Wednesday evening, Lima made a presentation suggesting that Bolsonaro use every opportunity he has in the northeast to defend Auxílio Brasil and other job-creating initiatives to try and convince voters who today decided to support the candidacy of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT).

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The trip to the northeast was fundamental to this work, since it is in this region that Bolsonaro is most often denied. According to the latest Datafolha poll, 55% of Brazilians would not vote for an incumbent president. Among residents of the Northeast, contempt reaches 62%.

The material presented to the president on Wednesday contained a list of programs, as well as what the president should say about each of them in his speeches. After watching the presentation, Bolsonaro praised the plan and said he agreed with everything.

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But in the days that followed, the expected “total focus on the social” turned into a series of speeches about the Milton Ribeiro case, the President’s unfounded suspicions about electronic voting machines and a behind-the-scenes war with the Supreme Court, than about social programs or government achievements. which ultimately went unnoticed.

Friday d.after the release of an audio recording in which the former Minister of Education told his daughter that Bolsonaro had a “premonition” that there would be searches and seizures, the President also canceled a dinner with political leaders from Paraiba.

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“The risk of defeat is only increasing,” lamented one of the participants in the attempt to coordinate the work of the campaign yesterday afternoon. “The president does everything to lose” is the assessment that most often sounds around Bolsonaro, but which no one has the courage to express to him directly.

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The concern is mutual: Bolsonaro did not privately criticize the LP, the marketing campaign and the legal team, which is why he ignored the advice he received.

In this context, the decision not to appoint Teresa Cristina as an MP is seen in Centrão as a missed opportunity to create positive facts to “shake up the campaign”.

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In addition to attracting the female electorate, another object of rejection of the head of Planalto, Centrão felt that the image of a woman with a more political profile and the image of the director could “soften” the radicalism of a purely ideological ticket.

“In our planning, June was supposed to be a turning point month, but so far we have only accumulated problems,” says the campaign strategist.

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For a general who worked at the highest level of government, the Bolsonaro-Braga Netto ticket ended up looking like “bread with êpa!” There is nothing inside,” he defines.

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