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Brazilian Bishop Resigns After Video Of Him Masturbating Leaked Online

60-year-old Brazilian Bishop, Tome Ferreira da Silva has resigned from his position on Thursday evening August 19, after a video and images of him allegedly masturbating during a video call were leaked online.

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In the video, Bishop Tome Ferreira da Silva was in a video call with another man that shows him in a half-naked state why he caressed his genitals. It is yet to be revealed how the images from the footage or video of the disgraced bishop masturbating found their way on the internet.

The Brazilian Bishop, a cleric who heads the Sao Jose do Rio Preto diocese, is said to have appeared before the Vatican for questioning, admitting that the man in the video is indeed him.

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The disgraced bishop is currently working with the police to look into the matter and search for the culprit that leaked the footage.

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the Catholic Bishop, though the diocese and the Vatican that the Brazilian Bishop oversaw did not detail the reasons behind the resignation.

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Bishop Tome Ferreira da Silva has been investigated by the Vatican on at least two previous occasions. The Bishop was accused of taking Church funds to give to his 26-year-old female lover, an allegation he denied.

The Brazilian Bishop knew that after the video was leaked online, he would be axed by the Vatican before his resignation. It is not known yet who will replace Tome Ferreira da Silva as Bishop of the Sao Jose do Rio Preto diocese.

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