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Close to 2000 Brazilian Priests Caught in Sexual Misconduct

A Roman Catholic priest has been sentenced in Brazil to 14 years and eight months in prison for sexually molesting two boys, according to court officials.

Rev. Tarcí­sio Tadeu Spricigo was convicted of molesting the boys, ages five and 13, between 2001 and 2002 in Anápolis, state of Goiás, in the Brazilian midwest. Spricigo currently is jailed in São Paulo on similar charges.

The Brazilian priest has denied any wrongdoing, and his lawyers have pledged to appeal, the court’s press officer Patricia Papini said by telephone from Goiânia, capital of Goiás. His conviction comes amid widening concerns of sexual abuse among Brazilian priests.

Earlier this month, priest Felix Barbosa Carreiro was arrested and charged with pedophilia in the northeastern state of Maranhão after police seized him in a hotel room with four teenage boys.

In January, Geraldo da Consolação Machado, the priest of a small parish in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais, was sentenced to almost nine years in jail for sexually abusing an 11-year-old boy.

Brazil is the world’s largest Roman Catholic country. Nearly 70 percent of its 185 million people are Catholics.

Recent press reports from Rome said the Vatican has sent a special commission to Brazil to investigate sexual misconduct among Brazilian priests. The Brazilian Bishop’s Council denied any knowledge of such a commission.

According to the national news magazine Isto í‰, a papal commission found 10 percent of Brazil’s 1,700 priests to have been involved in sexual misconduct and 200 priests had been committed to psychological institutions for pedophilia over the past three years.

This article appeared originally in Pravda – www.pravda.ru.

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  • Westboro Baptist Church

    http://www.priestsrapeboys.com
    Check out this website: http://www.priestsrapeboys.com

    The catholic monster is the biggest pedophile machine and everyone supporting that filthy beast are at equal fault.

  • Somebody, somewhere

    These people are not Christians.
    These people are not Christians, and neither are the people who shield them, they are scum. The Church is made up of millions of people, mostly good and honest. The self-protectionism of the Catholic Church makes a perfect hiding place for these monsters. Any member of any organisation that puts their reputation before the welfare of a child is also scum.

  • Guest

    EX Catholic
    The problem is world wide. I come from Sri Lanka and the catholic boarding schools run by RC priests and are infested with these sexual predators.

  • Guest

    samba mambo
    and why not….i understand the problem is world wide. Friends in Spain tell me that the problem there is worse than what is reported in the US. The Church must repent and change its evil ways. Why does the Pope wear Prada and Gucci when the world’s poor do without? The church is nothing but contradiction, hypocrasy and pompous rightousness. Until they change, they will never care for the poor or the children. They are still in denial. THey attack homosexuals, not pedophiles. They dont even understand the differences. Shameful.

  • Guest

    Pedophil priests and corrupted politicia
    ….have one thing in common.

    Even when found guilty they have no jail term risk.

    Therefore why should they stop ?

  • Guest

    Don\’t doubt anything in this story EXCE
    WHy do you think they go into the priesthood?

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