Cristo Redentor statue on top of Corcovado, a mountain towering over Rio de Janeiro. In the background the Ipanema and Leblon beaches separate the lagoon from the Atlantic Ocean.The scandal of Roman Catholic clergy abusing children has broken in yet another country: Brazil. This time the story includes — of all things — a sex tape! The AP reports via Google News (WebCite cached article):

Brazilian authorities are investigating three priests accused of sexually abusing altar boys after a video allegedly showing one case of abuse was broadcast on television, police and church officials said Tuesday.

The case came to light after the SBT network aired a video purportedly showing an 82-year-old priest having sex with a 19-year-old altar boy who worked for him for four years. Other young men appeared on the report saying that they, too, had been abused by Monsignor Luiz Marques Barbosa.

Also under investigation are Monsignor Raimundo Gomes, 52, and Father Edilson Duarte, 43, for allegedly having sexual relations with boys and young men. …

In its report last week, SBT showed footage of a man who looks like Barbosa having sex with the 19-year-old. It said the footage was secretly filmed in January 2009 by a 21-year-old man who charges Barbosa had abused him since age 12.

The Church is aware of the allegations, and local authorities are also investigating:

A church official in the Penedo archdiocese, in the northeastern state of Alagoas, said the three have been suspended. A police official said the men are free pending the investigation, which should last until the end of April. …

A Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said officials there were aware of the case.

Note that, unlike the scandal in other countries where the abuse allegations are usually old — often decades old — this Brazilian allegation is recent, dating only to last year (although the victim claims to have been victimized for years prior, as well).

The video referred to in this report may be this one, although I’m not sure since I don’t speak Portuguese (so please correct me if this is wrong):

Hat tip: Skeptics & Heretics Forum on Delphi Forums.

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