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Video: Brazilian Catholic Priest Allegedly Abusing Teen Altar Boy

Yesterday, in my post about the Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal, I linked to an AP story about three Brazilian priests accused of sexually abusing altar boys:

Brazilpriest "The case came to light after the SBT network aired a video purportedly showing an 82-year-old priest having sex with a 19-year-old altar boy who worked for him for four years. Other young men appeared on the report saying that they, too, had been abused by Monsignor Luiz Marques Barbosa. Also under investigation are Monsignor Raimundo Gomes, 52, and Father Edilson Duarte, 43, for allegedly having sexual relations with boys and young men. According to a statement from the church, the three priests are 'supposedly involved in acts (yet to be proven) of sexual abuse.' The statement did not say whether the men admit or deny guilt. None of the priests could be located to ask about the case, and the church would not provide contact details for them...In its report last week, SBT showed footage of a man who looks like Barbosa having sex with the 19-year-old. It said the footage was secretly filmed in January 2009 by a 21-year-old man who charges Barbosa had abused him since age 12. SBT said the video was sent anonymously to the network, and reporters went to the town of 200,000 people to investigate last month."

Hundreds of new allegations of sexual abuse have surfaced in the German church alone, it has been reported. So many, in fact, that Vatican offices are having trouble dealing with the amount of work they are generating.

This is the modern day Catholic Church under Pope Benedict. Shameful.

The SBT news clip (censored), AFTER THE JUMP...

(Warning: Censored but possibly NSFW)

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  1. The absolute ABUSE of power in the Catho-lick church is staggering and the fact that the church suddenly doesn't know where these priests are...WTF.

    Posted by: RONTEX | Mar 18, 2010 10:36:46 AM

  2. 19? I don't know... it's reprehensible, but not necessarily abuse if the younger man is an adult. Or maybe I'm missing something... seriously, enlighten me?

    Posted by: The Milkman | Mar 18, 2010 10:46:41 AM

  3. Gotta agree, Milkman. At 19, it's not abuse. Sleazy, yes, but not abuse. (OK, I have to grudgingly admire any 82-year-old who can persuade a 19-year-old to do it!)
    Still, this shows how absurd the celibacy requirement is: Adult humans require physical intimacy every now and then. Accept it!

    Posted by: Paul | Mar 18, 2010 10:55:36 AM

  4. The Milkman, it sounds like the abuse lasted for years, starting when they were young (the guy filming had been molested since he was 12), so it stands to reason that the priest psychologically manipulated them as well as violating them sexually.

    Posted by: Jeff | Mar 18, 2010 11:00:07 AM

  5. @the Milkman; @Paul

    The story notes that the abuse of the 19-year old began when he was just 15. I'm just sayin'.

    Anyway, the abuse of a position of authority is at the heart of this lechery, regardless of any of the victims' ages. I wonder how the Catholic church is going to bury this up? Good riddance!

    Posted by: seeldee | Mar 18, 2010 11:00:33 AM

  6. @MILKMAN Yes, he's 19 NOW but the boy's been working for him for 4 years and conceivably, was 15 when this abuse started. The article states that the man filming was abused since he was 12 (now 21), which doesn't rule out the possibility that this has been a 4 year long situation.

    Though I just Googled the age of consent in Brazil, it's 14. But that doesn't make any of this OK that the boy in the video was over the legal age of consent in Brazil.

    Posted by: Mike | Mar 18, 2010 11:00:42 AM

  7. video, tape recordings, testimony eye witness statements, victim reports yet the church keeps burying the problem. the pope keeps screaming i know nothing. nobody told him anything. what a way for a ceo to run a business

    Posted by: walter | Mar 18, 2010 11:28:31 AM

  8. Although I'm not Catholic, I was sent to Catholic school from elementary school through HS. Most of our priests, nuns, brothers and deacons were good people and gave us a great education. Many of them were probably gay or lesbian -- especially obvious to us as we hit puberty and began understanding sexuality -- and that was not an issue for us.

    But there were those who were not suited for being around children and/or teens. Like the brother who constantly talked to me about sex, or the priest who took his "special" boys on hiking and camping trips. They would simply disappear and reappear in other parishes or schools or at a "monastic retreat" home.

    The issue is, the Catholic church has a problem with sexual abuse within its ranks, and its leaders have always known it. At 82 years old, this priest has probably been abusing boys for decades. They have conspired to cover up abuse by moving priests and nuns from post to post, but the abuse never stops. The church is more interested in protecting their power and money, than they are about protecting children. The church is rotting from the inside out.

    Posted by: JTlvr | Mar 18, 2010 11:47:46 AM

  9. What does anyone expect from a multinational corporation that is also the world's largest landowner and is run by a Nazi? This is about protecting property.

    The Vatican has been morally bankrupt for centuries.

    Posted by: JusticeontheRocks | Mar 18, 2010 11:50:22 AM

  10. Hmm. I guess I just don't know much (thankfully) about how abusers manipulate and control people who would otherwise be over the age of consent. If the kids in question were 7 years old, then it would be a more clear-cut picture. But this situation is a little more murky, with the bulk of the culpability being the psychological damage and the abuse of priestly "authority" rather than some kind of peodphilia issue. Of course the allegation of the man filming the event having been abused since age 12 is a different story, and more akin to pedophilia. I don't know... I'm king of trying to wrap my head around the difference between a pedophile and a sexual predator, both of which allegedly this priest has been in the past.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Mar 18, 2010 11:50:54 AM

  11. doesn't look like abuse to me...not that these hypocrites shouldn't fry

    Posted by: rick | Mar 18, 2010 12:30:46 PM

  12. that porn sucked! it was all blurry :-(.

    Posted by: me | Mar 18, 2010 12:38:59 PM

  13. The old fogie needs help getting his T-shirt and socks off next time.

    Posted by: Mark | Mar 18, 2010 12:49:43 PM

  14. Jake Cruise's production values are really going downhill.

    Posted by: WALL-E | Mar 18, 2010 12:56:21 PM

  15. All the video shows is sex between two consenting adults. Priests who abuse children are pedophiles and should be locked up. Priests who have sex with men are just gay. And even in Brazil, there's no law against that.

    Posted by: Paul | Mar 18, 2010 12:59:39 PM

  16. Is there a translation of the commentary and/or dialogue?

    Posted by: RhymesWithClergy | Mar 18, 2010 1:49:28 PM

  17. All of you guys saying it's not abuse because the guy is 19 are completely missing the point. Not only does the story say the boys were abused from ages 15 and 12 (well within the category of pedophilia), but priests are in a substantial position of power and if these males, no matter their ages, are living/working within the catholic church it is clearly abuse for a priest to be having sexual relations with them. Not to mention that the priests took a vow of celibacy!! Get your heads out of your asses. Sheesh.

    Posted by: Aron | Mar 18, 2010 1:59:07 PM

  18. and @Wall-E: brilliant

    Posted by: Aron | Mar 18, 2010 2:01:23 PM

  19. An additional sacrilege: men who leave their socks on during sex, especially dark or gray ones. Ewwwwwww.

    Posted by: Dback | Mar 18, 2010 4:30:57 PM

  20. "For your penance say 3 Hail Mary's and blow me."

    They were probably very bad boys.

    Posted by: Confessional Dialog | Mar 18, 2010 5:02:37 PM

  21. The only thing i find shocking is that people still attend these hipocritical "churches" and donate money to make them richer so they can live in sin.

    Posted by: john | Mar 18, 2010 6:20:35 PM

  22. What nonsense. Who ordered this scandal-in-a-box just in time to divert attention from Israel's humiliation of Biden and the Jewish State's attempt to "de-link" itself from a pending war on Iran? I call bullshit.
    Israel's media minions are behind this recent spate of stories, mark my words.

    Posted by: PsyOps | Mar 18, 2010 7:28:56 PM

  23. wtf is this, japanese gay porn?

    priest is abusing altar boys, what is new here?

    Posted by: johnosahon | Mar 18, 2010 9:51:02 PM


    Posted by: TANK | Mar 19, 2010 1:02:18 AM

  25. the face of evil

    Posted by: walter | Mar 21, 2010 11:18:50 PM

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