Photo ~ Brazilian priest Roberto Fransisco Daniel attends mass at a church in Bauru, 330 km (205 miles) northwest of Sao Paulo, April 28, 2013 . REUTERS/Malavolta Jr/Jornal da Cidade/Handout
Catholic church excommunicates Brazil priest for liberal views
The Catholic Church has excommunicated a Brazilian priest after he defended homosexuality, open marriage and other practices counter to Church teaching in online videos.
In a statement released late on Monday, the priest's diocese said Father Roberto Francisco Daniel, known to local parishioners as Padre Beto, had "in the name of 'freedom of expression' betrayed the promise of fealty to the Church."
The priest "injured the Church with grave statements counter to the dogma of Catholic faith and morality." The actions amount to "heresy and schism," the statement said, the penalty for which is excommunication, or expulsion from the Church.
The rare punishment follows what Daniel's bishop and the priest himself said were repeated rebukes about the videos and other public activities, such as a radio broadcast and local newspaper column, in which he challenged Church doctrine.