FROM A SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
CATHOLIC priests in Brazil had only to preach that God gave the world to all men, not to a few people, to be branded as "subversives" or Communists, acording to Fr. D. R upiper, 0.M.I., who was expelled from his Recife parish at 30 hours' notice last Christmas.
Fr. Rupiper, now a Newman Club chaplain at the University of Illinois, and another priest from Brazil, Fr. B. Whittenbrink. who is now studying sociology in Chicago, spoke of her admiration for the work of Archbishop Helder Camara of Olinda and Recife, the outspoken leader for social reform.
"He's 60 and not afraid," said Fr. Whittenhrink. "Before I left he said his name was first on the list of 32 persons in Recife who have reportedly been 'condemned to death by a guerrilla group called the Communist Hunt Command."
Both priests said terrorist activities had been going on for two years against the lives of well-known progressive leaders throughout Brazil.
Some people feared that the recent murder of Fr. Henrique Pereira Neto, a sociology lecturer at Recife University, proved a shift from political to religious terrorism, they said.
Fr. Whittenbrink said that 70 per cent of families in Brazil had an income of less than f12 10s. a month, although Government statistics showed that £29 a month was the minimum necessary for food purchases.