Author of the CPI request that targets Father Júlio Lancellotti in the São Paulo City Council, councilor Rubinho Nunes (União Brasil) will send a formal request for the pastor’s removal to the Archdiocese of São Paulo.
The councilor’s motivation is the turnaround that happened this Monday (5), when the Archdiocese stated in a note that it became aware of an “alleged new fact of sexual abuse” and “expert reports with contradictory results” involving the priest and that decided to open an investigation to seek “the truth”.
On January 22, Nunes filed with the Chamber a video, without proven authenticity, that depicts a man masturbating, and an opinion that says it is the priest. Milton Leite (União Brasil), president of the House, sent the content to the Archdiocese.
The following day, January 23, the Archdiocese released a statement stating that the video had already been investigated in 2020 and that, at the time, it did not have “sufficient conviction about the materiality of the complaint” against Lancellotti. As a result, he opted to archive it.
Oeste magazine published on Tuesday (30) an interview with a man who reported alleged sexual harassment he had suffered from the parish priest.
In its new position, this Monday, the Archdiocese stated that it did not archive the recent complaints it received about the priest, which would have been wrongly inferred from the previous note, according to the Catholic authority.
“There was and is no filing of this current complaint, and the Archdiocese remains attentive to further elements regarding the facts reported and to any serious investigation, doing what it is responsible for in accordance with the norms of the Church and investigating the case in the area of its competence, far from of ideological and political interests, with serenity and objectivity”, the text also states.
The disclosure of the Archdiocese’s new position gave new impetus to the installation of the CPI. The topic should be addressed this Tuesday (6) by councilors at the first meeting of the Legislative leaders’ college this year.
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