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    Friday, 27 February 2009 Brazil priest suspended for views By Gary Duffy BBC News, Sao Paulo Map of Brazil A Roman Catholic priest in Brazil who defended the
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 26, 2009
      Friday, 27 February 2009

      Brazil priest suspended for views
      By Gary Duffy
      BBC News, Sao Paulo

      Map of Brazil

      A Roman Catholic priest in Brazil who defended the use of
      contraceptives and the rights of homosexuals has been suspended by
      his local archbishop.

      Father Luiz Couto has been told he can resume his priestly duties in
      the north-eastern state of Paraiba if he publicly renounces his views.

      The priest is also a member of Congress for the Workers' Party of
      President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

      He says he will continue to celebrate Mass at home with friends.

      It appears that Father Couto landed in trouble with the Church
      authorities because of an interview that he gave to a local newspaper
      defending the use of condoms as a matter of public health.

      He also spoke out against discrimination against homosexuals and said
      he was opposed to celibacy for priests.

      Death threats

      The archbishop in the state of Paraiba, Aldo Pagotto, said the
      ambiguous views expressed in the interview over gay marriage and
      contraceptives were diametrically opposed to the official teaching of
      the Church.

      "This is intolerable," the archbishop said in an interview with
      Brazil's TV Globo.

      Father Couto says he has not been officially notified of the decision
      and will continue to celebrate Mass at home with friends. Archbishop
      Pagotto is reported as saying the suspension will be lifted if the
      priest publicly renounces the views expressed in the interview.

      A spokesman for the suspended clergyman said he was not an advocate
      of gay marriage, but an opponent of discrimination.

      As an elected member of Congress for President Lula's Workers' Party,
      Father Couto has been a high profile advocate for human rights.

      He has received threats to his life in the past for his opposition to
      death squads that operate in the north east of Brazil.
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