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Brazilian priest excommunicated after defense of extra-marital affairs

May 01, 2013

A Brazilian Catholic bishop has excommunicated a priest who was known for his defense of extra-marital sexual activity.

Bishop Caetano Ferrari of Bauru took action after the priest, Father Roberto Francisco Daniel, refused to retract statements that he had made in YouTube videos. In a response to the announcement of his excommunication, Father Daniel said: “I feel honored to belong to the long list of people who have been murdered and burned alive for thinking and searching for knowledge.”

The bishop’s action was apparently prompted by a video in which Father Daniel said that a married person could have an extra-marital affair without being guilty of infidelity if his spouse was willing to accept the affair. In other videos he had taken a similar stand regarding homosexual activities.


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  • Posted by: AgnesDay - May. 02, 2013 11:20 AM ET USA

    So what does he do for an encore, when the Church is no longer the topic of his rants and the target of his rebellion? He will find that the newspaper is no longer interested in him. Bravo, Bishop Ferrari.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - May. 01, 2013 7:06 PM ET USA

    Murdered? Burned alive? Where is the corpse? Or is this just another grandstanding stunt like the "courageous" recent decision of a little-known basketball player to announce he prefers sodomy to real sexual relations?