Priest sex video on sale in Brazil

Last Updated: Friday, April 23, 2010 - 09:13

Rio de Janeiro: A video of a priest receiving oral sex in a church from a former choir boy was being sold in the streets of Brazil on Thursday, in another stinging twist to the paedophile scandal enveloping the Catholic Church.

The hidden-camera images were being sold illicitly, with a Bluetooth video file downloaded to the purchaser`s mobile telephone upon payment of USD 3-6, the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper reported.

The video was that of Monsignor Luiz Marques Barbosa, 84, engaged in oral sex in front of a church altar with a 19-year-old former choirboy who says on tape he was abused by Barbosa for many years, since he was a minor.

Its screening on a Brazilian television station last month sparked a parliamentary inquiry into priestly paedophilia, and deepened the scandal that has come to light in Europe and the Americas, badly tarnishing the reign of Pope Benedict XVI.

Barbosa, who ran the parish in the northeastern town of Arapiraca, was arrested this week and is currently under house detention, with his passport confiscated, pending the outcome of the investigation.

Two other local priests also implicated in alleged paedophilia by three former choirboys speaking in the video have been ordered to not leave town.

According to reports quoting Barbosa`s lawyer, the priest had been blackmailed over the video and paid USD 23,000 last year to prevent it being made public. He later refused to make further payments.


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First Published: Friday, April 23, 2010 - 09:13

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