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Black Collar Crime in Brazil

WARNING Vatican inquiry reported 10% of Brazil’s 17,000 priests are involved in sexual misconduct. 1,700 priests are accused of violence, orgies and drug use to the detriment of young children. Another report estimates one third of priests are homosexual, and half of priests do not keep their vows of celebacy. Policy of silence reigns: Church authorities “snuff out the denouncements and protect the aggressors.”

Clerical sex abuse in Brazil World's largest Roman Catholic country, Brazil with nearly 70% of its 185 million people are Catholics. Until 2005, Catholic leaders comforted themselves with the belief that, no matter how battered its reputation in rich nations such as the US, the church continued to be held in high esteem in the developing world. Vatican commission found that half of all Brazilian priests were failing to observe their vows of chastity.

  1. Brazilian cases 10% of Brazil’s 17,000 priests are involved in sexual misconduct. 1,700 priests are accused of violence, orgies and drug use to the detriment of young children.

Episcopal silence Bishops in Brazil quietly kept accused priests in ministry without informing local parishioners or prosecutors.

Vatican Inquiry

Vatican inquiry Special Vatican commission sent by Pope Benedict XVI visited Brazil to investigate reports of a 70% leap in the number of priests involved in cases of sexual misbehavior, carried out by the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, September 2005. Brazilian Bishop's Council spokesperson said that the council was not aware of any such commission. 16 November 2005.

  1. Vatican inquiry report 10% of Brazil's priests - some 1,700 clerics - were involved in cases of sexual misconduct, including the physical abuse of children and women. The study was also said to have found that at least 200 Brazilian priests had been referred to church psychological institutions following cases involving pedophilia, 2002-2005. Ten clerics were in jail and a further 40 were on the run from the law. “The number of cases seems to be rising... [but] this is not a new problem. It has just been something that nobody dared talk about and, to a certain extent, that is still the way it is.”

Istoè report (“Confissões obscenas”) Brazilian newsmagazine Istoè, a nationally circulated newsweekly, published these findings, suggesting that they represent a broad pattern of sexual misconduct among Brazilian clergy, 16 November 2005. The Istoè report was given prominent treatment in Corriere della Sera, the leading Italian daily newspaper, 16 November 2005.

Cardinal response Cardinal Geraldo Majilla Agnello, archbishop of San Salvador of Bahia, criticized the report that appeared in ISTOÉ which received worldwide press attention. In a letter to the editor of the magazine, the cardinal said:

“This grave declaration which is published as something proven is a calumnious declaration, which moreover lacks any solid base, could it be that the magazine and/or the author of the report don't know what a ‘sexual crime’ is, and that it is a legal figure predicted by the legal code? To declare in a magazine such as ISTOÉ that 10% of the Catholic clergy of Brazil is involved in 'sexual crimes,' without rightful proof, is a crime substantiated by the laws of the country. In name of the bishops and priests of the Church in Brazil, I ask that the directors of this magazine review these declarations, their sources and, as well, the quality and accountability of these reports. If this cannot be done - which is what I am sure will be the case - let them publicly correct the lie, because if not this lie will be repeated indefinitely in the press and believed by everyone in the country, creating an enormous prejudice against the thousands of priests who offer an inestimable religious and social service to all parts of Brazil.” 18 December 2005.

Wikileaks report I Brazilian prelate, an official of the Secretary of State Stephen Monsignor Migliorelli and a close collaborator of Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who reported to the US ambassador, Francis Rooney that Benedict XVI's trip to Brazil in 2007 came out of alarm over the situation in the local Catholic Church. "Monsignor Migliorelli complains that the level of training of priests in Brazil is very low and in many cases the tenets of clerical discipline are not being respected (for example, clerical celibacy, etc. ...)", highlights the document prepared by the diplomat Francis Rooney for the American administration.

  1. Wikileaks report II According to another piece of information, prepared in 2007, the crisis in the priesthood, the decline in people choosing the vocation and the lack of discipline in the clergy in Latin America are the worse than in the United States.

Policy of Silence

Policy of silence Broad pattern of sexual abuse of minors among Brazilian clergy is normally hidden by the Brazilian ecclesiastical hierarchy who maintain a strict policy of silence. Unlike in the United States, Church archives in Brazil are tightly closed, and there are no reparations to victims. Instead, Church authorities “snuff out the denouncements and protect the aggressors.”

Unveiling the Politics of Silence: Sexual Abuse of Women by Priests in Brazil” By Regina Soares Jurkwicz said that Brazil could be facing a problem of even greater dimensions than that uncovered in the US in 2002. “The Catholic church doesn't know what to do,” she said. “In Brazil the reaction of the Catholic hierarchy is first to try to cover up the problem or discredit the witness. “Then, it is to transfer the priest to another community, which is not told why he was transferred there.” Jurkwicz said the problem had been exacerbated by the vast social divide between Brazil's haves and have-nots. “The victims are almost always poor, vulnerable people,” she said, arguing that Brazil's wealth gap made it easier for priests to exploit youngsters with impunity.

Seminarian victims Dozens of seminarians suffer homosexual abuse at the hands of their superiors.

List of Unlocated Cases

(database of allegations of sexual abuse by priests)

[c.1,700 offenders identified, 270 listed]

Anon priest I Priest on the run from the authorities after being accused of sexual abuse.

Anon priest II Priest on the run from the authorities after being accused of sexual abuse.

Anon priest III Priest on the run from the authorities after being accused of sexual abuse.

Anon priest IV Priest on the run from the authorities after being accused of sexual abuse.

Anon priest V Priest on the run from the authorities after being accused of sexual abuse.

Anon priest VI Priest on the run from the authorities after being accused of sexual abuse.

Anon priest VII Priest on the run from the authorities after being accused of sexual abuse.

Anon priest VIII Priest on the run from the authorities after being accused of sexual abuse.

Anon priest IX Priest on the run from the authorities after being accused of sexual abuse.

Anon priest X Priest on the run from the authorities after being accused of sexual abuse.

Anon priest XI Priest on the run from the authorities after being accused of sexual abuse.

Anon priest XII Priest on the run from the authorities after being accused of sexual abuse.

Anon priest XIII Priest on the run from the authorities after being accused of sexual abuse.

Anon priest XIV Priest on the run from the authorities after being accused of sexual abuse.

Anon priest XV Priest on the run from the authorities after being accused of sexual abuse.

Anon priest XVI Priest on the run from the authorities after being accused of sexual abuse.

Anon priest XVII Priest on the run from the authorities after being accused of sexual abuse.

Anon priest XVIII Priest on the run from the authorities after being accused of sexual abuse.

Anon priest XIX Priest on the run from the authorities after being accused of sexual abuse.

Anon priest XX Priest on the run from the authorities after being accused of sexual abuse.

Anon priest XXI Priest on the run from the authorities after being accused of sexual abuse.

Anon priest XXII Priest on the run from the authorities after being accused of sexual abuse.

Anon priest XXIII Priest on the run from the authorities after being accused of sexual abuse.

Anon priest XXIV Priest on the run from the authorities after being accused of sexual abuse.

Anon priest XXV Priest on the run from the authorities after being accused of sexual abuse.

Anon priest XXVI Priest on the run from the authorities after being accused of sexual abuse.

Anon priest XXVII Priest on the run from the authorities after being accused of sexual abuse.

Anon priest XXVIII Priest on the run from the authorities after being accused of sexual abuse.

Anon priest XXIX Priest on the run from the authorities after being accused of sexual abuse.

Anon priest XXX Priest on the run from the authorities after being accused of sexual abuse.

Anon priest XXXI Priest on the run from the authorities after being accused of sexual abuse.

Anon priest XXXII Priest on the run from the authorities after being accused of sexual abuse.

Anon priest XXXIII Priest on the run from the authorities after being accused of sexual abuse.

Anon priest XXXIV Priest on the run from the authorities after being accused of sexual abuse.

Anon priest XXXV Priest on the run from the authorities after being accused of sexual abuse.

Anon priest XXXVI Priest on the run from the authorities after being accused of sexual abuse.

Anon priest XXXVII Priest on the run from the authorities after being accused of sexual abuse.

Anon priest XXXVIII Priest on the run from the authorities after being accused of sexual abuse.

Anon priest XXXIX Priest on the run from the authorities after being accused of sexual abuse.

Anon priest XL Priest on the run from the authorities after being accused of sexual abuse.

Anon priest case I Priest in prison after being convicted of child sexual abuse, had previously been moved from one parish to another after complaints had been made about him.

Anon priest case II Priest in prison after being convicted of child sexual abuse, had previously been moved from one parish to another after complaints had been made about him.

Anon priest case III Priest in prison after being convicted of child sexual abuse.

Anon priest case IV Priest in prison after being convicted of child sexual abuse.

Anon priest case V Priest in prison after being convicted of child sexual abuse.

Anon priest case VI Priest in prison after being convicted of child sexual abuse.

Anon priest case VII Priest in prison after being convicted of child sexual abuse.

Anon priest case VIII Priest in prison after being convicted of child sexual abuse.

Anon priest case IX Priest in prison after being convicted of child sexual abuse.

Anon priest case X Priest in prison after being convicted of child sexual abuse.

Anon priest case XI Not convicted, “Criminal charges of child abuse have been brought against four Brazilian priests in recent months, with three of them resulting in convictions,” 2005.

Anon priest re-education I Priests referred to psychiatrists for “re-education.”

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Anon priest re-education CC Priest referred to psychiatrists for “re-education.”

Barbosa affair Rev. Sergio Maya Barbosa was charged with corruption of minors after military police discovered him with a 14-year-old after allegedly performing oral sex on the minor. Barbosa first apologized for his actions; later, at the police station, he recanted.

Bonpani case Rev. Alfieri Educardo Bonpani was arrested for attempted violation by pressure of 5 children, ages 9 to 17.

Buzzi case Rev. Bonifacio Buzzi was accused of sexually molesting an 11-year-old child. Previously sentenced to 13 years of prison for sexual abuse of two minors.

De case Rev. Jose Afonso De (1936-), of the Sao Vicente de Paulo parish in Franca, a town 400km from Sao Paulo, accused of sexually abusing children in his parish. Police have charged the priest with several counts of rapes of minors under the age of 14 and of fraudulently obtaining sexual relations with teenagers over 14. He denied the accusations.

Degrandis case Rev. Jose Ari Degrandis was sentenced to 24 years in prison for the rape of two women, one of whom was 16 years old when she was raped twice by the priest.

Guedes affair Msgr. Jose Alves Guedes was denounced for molestation of a seminarian in the confessional during Carnaval in 1991 in Rio de Janeiro. He maintains a position as an ecclesiastical leader in Niteroi.

Herminio Hungo Archbishop Herminio Hungo

  1. Anon nun accusation Former nun claims that she had a 27-year affair with Archbishop Hungo, which lasted until his death. She also claims to have adopted four children with him. Further, she reports having sex with five bishops and 32 priests, being raped in a convent library by an unnamed bishop in the early 1970s, being abused by several clergymen, and being forced out of the church.

Machado case Rev. Geraldo da Consolacao 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, January 2005.

Melo affair Rev. Valdeijanio de Souza Melo 15-year-old girl gave birth to a child fathered by this priest who raped her. The priest acknowledged the child as his.

Paulo affair Rev. Juvenil Paulo de Araújo was accused by six minors of sexual abuse; under investigation by the civil authorities.

Pezzotti affair Rev. Mario Pezzotti is one of 81 priests listed in the Sipe-Murray Report: “International Traffic in Catholic Priests Who Abuse." Pezzotti is in Bishop Accountability as having four accusations, one that led to a financial settlement. Pezzotti is today a "Provincial for a Xaverian province in Brazil."

Saliba case Rev. Jorge Saliba, caught with 11 kilos of cocaine hidden beneath his cassock told police he was trafficking the drugs to save a struggling day care center, trying to board a flight from Sao Paulo to Amsterdam in what the priest said was his fifth international drug run, each delivery paid $30,000, 1999.

Santos affair I Rev. Heliberto Santos admitted to sexual relations with a 16 year-old-girl, who became pregnant as a result.

Santos affair II Rev. Edson Francisco dos Santos was accused of sexual relations with a minor who at the time of this report was 18 years old and 7 months pregnant.

Soares case Rev. Salomao Soares de Oliveira charged with financially supporting four girls, two of whom are minors, in exchange for sexual favors.

Tomaz case Fr. Sebastiao Luiz Tomaz, 19 girls between the ages of 10 and 16 reported some type of sexual contact with the priest in exchange for clothes and money. Later the same year, Bishop Aldo Pagotto was denounced by the Public Ministry of Ceara for attempting to coerce this priest's victims to change their testimony. By July 2002 21 victims had come forward, and nine claims had been proven with medical evidence.

Werber case Rev. Alexander Nicolaus Werber was arrested after being caught sexually abusing a six-year-old boy in a hotel room. He was also found to be in possession of photographs of two girls, ages six and eight, one with her underwear showing. He formerly directed a school for needy children in Joao Pessoa.

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