Brazilian Marxist Bishop Killed by Adopted Son
By Julio Severo
The Anglican bishop for Brazil’s northeastern state of Pernambuco was killed along with his wife by their son.
Edward Robinson Cavalcanti, 68, and his 64-year-old wife Miriam were stabbed to death on Sunday, February 26, in their home in the city of Olinda.
After killing his parents, Eduardo Olímpio Cotias Cavalcanti, 29, tried to commit suicide by drinking poison, and was hospitalized.
His father frequently wrote and preached diatribes against the United States as a “white, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant, conservative” nation. Yet, strangely, he visited the US regularly. And when his son was 16 years old, he sent him to study and live in the US.
Police inspector Joao Brito Alves told the Globo television network that he had learned that the son had a “violent temper and was frequently under the influence of drugs.”
Cavalcanti headed the Philosophy and Human Sciences Department of the Federal University of Pernambuco. He was a columnist in the leftist Calvinist magazine Ultimato. He was also the founder of Movimento Evangélico Progressista (Progressive Evangelical Movement), a NGO composed of leftist Protestant militants in Brazil. Today the Progressive Evangelical Movement has changed its name for “Evangelicals for Social Justice”.
In the past, Cavalcanti was an active member of the socialist Workers’ Party, of Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva, who even visited him. The Anglican bishop said that he left the Workers’ Party because, in his view, the party softened its socialist speech:
Since 1997, I am no longer a member of the Workers’ Party, because I was elected as an Anglican bishop. I have positive memoirs of my past of fights for the democratic State, for national sovereignty and for social justice. I also have increasingly negative perceptions of the ideological and programmatic rupture of that party. (Ultimato magazine, September/October 2004)
His diatribes against American conservatives consistently plagued his articles and sermons for years.
The Roman Catholic archbishop of Olinda and Recife, Rev. Fernando Saburido, said Cavalcanti’s death was a “loss for Christianity.”
“He was sensitive to social issues and concerned with problems that affected the poor,” Saburido told G1, Globo TV’s Internet portal. “He will be sorely missed.”
Saburido is best known in Brazil as a liberal Catholic. In 2011, the Catholic university under his responsibility hosted a symposium on “homoaffective law” that gave advocates of the homosexual agenda a platform for promoting their ideology.
In the same year, the archbishop also led a march under the banner, “The Cry of the Excluded” (Grito dos Excluídos), in which pro-abortion, homosexualist, and socialist organizations had freely participated.
The killing of Cavalcanti shocked progressive evangelicals in Brazil.
With information of The Huffington Post, an American leftist website that has also lamented his loss.