*** DEBUG END ***

Court rules on breakaway Recife

26 July 2013

by a staff reporter


A COURT in Brazil has ruled on a decade-long judicial battle involving the creation of a breakaway diocese of Recife.

The church was established by the late Bishop Robinson Cavalcanti after the consecration of Bishop Gene Robinson, who is gay, in 2003. In 2005, Bishop Cavalcanti was deposed on the grounds that he had broken communion with the Episcopal Anglican Church in Brazil. When he left, he took 32 clergy and their congregations with him, including several church properties.

Bishop Cavalcanti and his wife, Miriam, were found murdered in their home last year. Their adopted son is alleged to have stabbed both his parents, then tried to take his own life (News, 2 March 2012).

A judge has now ruled that all property, including five churches and all their belongings, will be returned to the Anglican diocese of Recife, and that the actions of Bishop Cavalcanti are nullified.

A statement from the Anglican diocese said: "From now on, all of these parishes are under the direction and supervision of diocesan Bishop Sebastião Armando.

"It is clear, therefore, that with the decision, the Judiciary as enforcing justice and law, has put an end to this situation which generated unprecedented legal instability in the Anglican diocese of Recife, resulting in a deleterious effect on the entire Brazilian Anglican province, reflecting poorly on the credibility of the (church) institution and leadership in Brazil and abroad.

"Unfortunately, even with this new step, the unity of the Church, so carefully cherished and painstakingly built over these 100-plus years during the existence of the Episcopal Anglican Church in Brazil, once again remains shaken . . . certainly causing in many people of faith a cooling of charity, which is our biggest concern right now.

"This is an historical moment. We trust in the aid of Divine Grace, with which we can reconstruct the unity of the Church. It is our prayer that our Lord Jesus Christ, through the Holy Spirit, touch our hearts, and tell them much more than we can express."


Browse Church and Charity jobs on the Church Times jobsite

Job of the Week


Forthcoming Events

Green Church Awards

Closing date: 30 June 2024

Read more details about the awards


Festival of Preaching

15-17 September 2024

The festival moves to Cambridge along with a sparkling selection of expert speakers

tickets available



Festival of Faith and Literature

28 February - 2 March 2025

The festival programme is soon to be announced sign up to our newsletter to stay informed about all festival news.

Festival website


ViSIt our Events page for upcoming and past events 

Welcome to the Church Times


To explore the Church Times website fully, please sign in or subscribe.

Non-subscribers can read four articles for free each month. (You will need to register.)