Catholic archbishop in Brazil bans priests from being alone with children

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Decree follows court order forcing archdiocese to pay almost £2.5m in compensation over sexual exploitation of minors

  • Tom Embury-Dennis
  • Independent

A Brazilian Catholic archbishop has banned priests in his district from being alone with children.

Manoel Delson, archbishop of the northeastern state of Paraiba, signed the decree on Wednesday following a court order forcing the archdiocese to pay almost £2.5m in compensation over the sexual exploitation of minors.

Mr Delson’s decree prohibits priests from being in the company of children and vulnerable adults unaccompanied by their parents or guardians.

It also states…

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