Well, since he has that direct god connection and all, he must have…

The detention of an 83-year-old priest in Brazil for allegedly abusing boys as young as 12 has added to the scandals hitting the Roman Catholic Church in Latin America, even as Chile’s bishops asked pardon Tuesday for past cases.

The allegations against Monsignor Luiz Marques Barbosa — and two other Brazilian priests — have made headlines throughout the world’s most populous Catholic nation and come amid accusations of sexual abuse by priests around the world.



  1. #1 Phillip IV
    April 21, 2010

    From the linked article:

    Bishop Valerio Breda (…) said recently (…) that the church was conducting its own investigation.

    That’s very reassuring. Justice will be served.

  2. #2 Paul
    April 21, 2010

    I’m surprised allegations are coming out of Latin America. I mean, I wouldn’t be surprised if the scandals were as wide-spread (or more) than in the US and Europe, but the Catholic Church generally has much more control over all facets of life in Latin countries.

  3. #3 MadScientist
    April 21, 2010

    It’s just more persecution by those gay atheists! It’s so unfair – they’re being treated like Jews!

  4. #4 gwen
    April 21, 2010

    I think we are still only seeing the tip of the abuse (very large iceberg. As word is getting around the world, and others are seeing the priests prosecuted and bishops excoriated for complicity, others will be more comfortable sharing their own stories. Too many have been shamed into silence, convinced it was their ‘sin’ to carry.