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 journalist reported that she had access to photos and videos where, allegedly, minors participated in "chapter ceremonies". The priest, in turn, to avoid confusion, first wanted to distinguish the terms well.
Watch the response in the video below:
The canonical figure of the "general chapter" of a religious order that meets is the supreme authority of an institute, as is an "assembly" for a civil association. However, there is still an ancient institution in the Church called the "chapter of faults". It is a custom of several religious orders, acquired by the Heralds of the Gospel and practiced from the free request of the age of age.
It consists of an act of humility by which the member, before being admitted to the institution or receiving the religious habit, wishes to be corrected by the brothers of the mild faults of everyday life, in view of personal improvement in an environment of charity. The chapter of absences, however, is never filmed or photographed because it is private.
The Ep. Alex commented on the photographs mentioned in the question, which should be from a reception of habit, where people are prostrate while singing the Ladainha of All Saints, as is the case in priestly ordination ors:
"Now, a person who has no religious background or is averse to religion, an enemy of faith, seeing this scene will say, 'What a vexation! What humiliation!'"
But that's part of the Catholic liturgy.
Despite the priest's explanation, the reporter insisted on the questions already answered.