On October 10, 2019, the Heralds of the Gospel were sought by Carta Capital magazine and, for 45 minutes, answered some questions brought by reporter Thais Reis Oliveira. The interview was carried out at the Mother House of the Heralds of the Gospel and was attended by Fr. Alex Barbosa de Brito, member of the Virgo Flos Carmeli Clerical Society of Apostolic Life and spiritual assistant to the Heralds of the Gospel.
The reporter of Carta Capital asked about the position of the institution in the face of the appointment of Cardinal D. Raymundo Damasceno as an intervenor of the Heralds.
Watch the response in the video below:
The Ep. Alex explains that there was an Apostolic Visit, determined by the Holy See in 2017 and 2018, that he visited all the houses of the Heralds and interviewed almost all members and many former members. The Visitors, after a year and a half of work, gathered the superiors of the three institutions, recalls the priest:
"They said they found nothing to disengage the institution from a moral or economic point of view. Moral doctrine, the civilian part, all in perfect order."
They completed the Visit with eight questions, answered by the Association in a volume of 570 pages, with more than 70 attachments. The answer was delivered to both visitors and the Holy See. After that, the Commissariat was ordered.
He emphasized Fr. Alex de Brito:
"The Association both accepted the Visit and opened its doors, because it had nothing to fear, as the Commissariat also accepted. Because the Commissariat in the Church is a vehicle of communion b[…]etween the Institution and the Holy See."
The decree promulgated by the Vatican itself says it is not a punishment, the Ep. Alex, but "a gesture of communion." And that will make the institution even closer to its path of perfection.
He added that the decree deals with deficiencies and not crimes or irregularities. Now, every human being is lacking in something:
"Then, in this sense, we welcome [o Comissariado]with complete tranquility, with transparency, with a spirit of communion, because we are sure that this will be an opportunity to further certify the communion of the institution with the Holy See,[a qual] has been uninterrupted since it was founded."