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.
When asked by interviewer Thais Reis Oliveira about replacing the superiors of the institution, Fr. Alex explained that he was three legal entities in ingrained communion, but autonomous.
Watch the response in the video below:
The Private Association of Faithful of The Pontifical Herald Law of the Gospel, he said, "is an association of baptisms", because in the Catholic Church the faithful is the one who is baptized. Therefore, it may belong to anyone baptized of age, which does not prevent minors – with the proper permission of parents – from receiving benefits offered by the Association. The Clerical Society of Apostolic Life Virgo Flos Carmeli was born from the Heralds Association of the Gospel and in 2006 received pontifical approval from Pope Benedict XVI. In the same year, the Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Law Regina Virginum emerged from the same Association, in which young women who wish to consecrate themselves through the practice of religious vows joined by practicing religious vows.
Presented to the three entities, the priest clarified that in the specific cases of the two societies – clerical and female – are the capitulating members of their respective superiors. He added that although Mons. João Clá is the founder of both societies, he was never superior to female society. He was, yes, superior of the Clerical Society and president of the Heralds Association of the Gospel; however, he resigned from office for health reasons.
The current president of the Heralds of the Gospel, Felipe Lecaros Concha, was elected earlier this year. For this reason, Fr. Alex explained that he no longer responds as general president of the Heralds of the Gospel, but as a spiritual assistant.