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Brazilian bishop resigns at 62; accused of sexually harassing priests, seminarians

November 02, 2023

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Valdir Mamede of Catanduva, Brazil.

The Brazilian newspaper Diário da Região reported that the 62-year-old prelate resigned after an investigation into allegations that he sexually harassed priests and seminarians. The investigation, the newspaper reported, was conducted by the metropolitan archbishop, Archbishop Moacir Silva of Ribeirão Preto. Police have not conducted an inquiry, according to the newspaper.

Bishop Luiz Carlos Dias of the nearby Diocese of São Carlos will administer the Diocese of Catanduva until the Pope names a successor to Bishop Mamede.

Born in 1961, Bishop Mamede entered the Claretian order in 1981 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1988.

In 2006, Father Mamede left the Claretian order and became a priest of the Archdiocese of Brasília, the nation’s capital. Seven years later, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him auxiliary bishop of Brasilia, and in 2019, Pope Francis appointed him bishop of Catanduva.


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  • Posted by: feedback - Nov. 02, 2023 9:54 AM ET USA

    Behind single laconic sentence in the Vatican Bulletin there are four years of horrors among priests and seminarians of that Diocese. We will never know how many vocations were destroyed by this bishop for "homophobia" and how many were ordained by him in exchange for gay sex. At this point the Church must officially weigh in on the validity of ordinations of sex partners - willing or unwilling, as well as priestly obedience to a bishop who pressures his priests for favors of homosexual nature.