Bishop hands in resignation after clip of him exposing himself goes viral

The Vatican has accepted the resignation of a Brazilian bishop five days after a raunchy video went viral.

Bishop Tomé Ferreira da Silva, 60, who led the Diocese of São José do Rio Preto from 2012, appears in the one-minute clip to be pleasuring himself whilst on a video call with another man.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that masturbation "an intrinsically and gravely disordered action".

On Wednesday the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil (CNBB) said: "The Apostolic Nunciature informs that the Holy Father accepted the request today of resignation from the pastoral government of the Diocese of São José do Rio Preto, presented by His Excellency."

Ferreira da Silva has reportedly confirmed to Brazilian network Globo that it is him in the video and that he believes it is an act of revenge porn by someone he lives with.

Archbishop Moacir Silva of Ribeirão Preto was named as his replacement.

This is not the first sex scandal that the bishop has been involved in, and Catholics in Rio Preto were already petitioning the Vatican to dump the creepy clergyman before the announcement, according to reports.

Natalia Truzzi, one of the petition's signatories, said: "We had already signed another petition, in 2014, asking for his replacement, but we received no response.

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"This time, we hope that the Church will pronounce itself because after the video his presence in front of the diocese and in celebrations will be difficult."

The 2014 petition came after the bishop was accused of covering up reports of sexual abuse.

In 2015, reports circulated that he was having sex with his driver and that he was embezzling church funds.

A Vatican investigation into the sexual abuse in Ferreira da Silva's diocese was eventually launched in 2018. They also investigated allegations that the bishop had been sexting with a young boy.

He has denied these allegations.

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