In a surprising press release to the People of God, dated April 29, 2013, the Diocese de Bauru, in the State of São Paulo, Brazil, said that Fr. Roberto Francisco Daniel betrayed his commitment of loyalty to the Church, which he had promised to serve on the day of his ordination to the priesthood.
Fratres in Unum.com – The release adds that the Diocesan Bishop has tried a dialogue with him for a long time, with patience and pastoral charity, in order to overcome and solve the problem on a fraternal and Christian manner. When all initiatives to achieve a return to orthodoxy failed and in view of the good of the People of God, the Diocesan Bishop called a Canon Law expert and appointed him as Judicial Inquiry Judge to deal with this matter and apply the “Law of the Church”, since Fr. Roberto Francisco Daniel refused any dialogue and collaboration. The judge tried a dialogue with Fr. Roberto Daniel once more. He, in turn, reacted aggressively at the Diocesan Curia and refused any dialogue whatsoever. The attempt took place before five (5) members of the Presbyters’ Board.
“He hurt the Church with his statements, which were deemed as very serious against the dogmas of the Catholic Faith and against the moral values, as well as because of his deliberate refusal to obey his pastor (obedience of which he had promised on the day of his priestly ordination), therefore, incurring in the serious offense of heresy and schism, the penalty of which, provided for in Canon 1364, first paragraph of the Code of Canon Law, is the excommunication pertaining said offenses.”
“One of a Diocesan Bishop’s obligations is that of defending the Faith, the Doctrine and the Discipline of the Church and, therefore, we hereby communicate that Father Roberto Francisco Daniel can neither celebrate any act of divine worship (Sacraments and sacramentals), nor receive the Holy Eucharist, since he is excommunicated. As from this decision, the Judicial Inquiry Judge will start the procedures for the dismissal of the clerical state and send the criminal proceeding to Rome for dismissal confirmation.”
With this statement the Diocese of Bauru wishes to put an end to this story and asks prayers, so that the Holy Ghost enlightens Father Roberto Francisco Daniel and he may have the courage of humbleness to recognize that he is not the owner of the truth and reconciles with the Church, which is “Mother and Teacher”.
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Father Roberto Francisco Daniel has many of his sermons and interviews posted on Youtube, where he imparts his heretical points of view. In one such interview, asked if he believed that the position of the Church towards marriage and homosexuality would change, in order to be in line with social transformations, he replied as follows:
“I believe the Church should not change because of changes in Society. I believe She may change because of the knowledge of the very human being. The Church cannot be an institution that goes with fashion. Then, we are now capitalist continents, then, will the Church become a Capitalist? No! The Church needs to critically analyze what is going on in the society. And She must be humble to see that the Holy Ghost blows wherever He wants. He gives knowledge. God gave us human reason to know the world and the human being. If the human science has found out that today you cannot classify the human being as homosexual, bisexual or heterosexual (we should be simply classified as sexual beings), and that love may arise at any such levels, if science is reaching that point of leading us to such a level of awareness, the Church must study this very well, otherwise, She will commit a sin. Which sin? The sin of failing to love Her neighbor. I know how to love my neighbor at the time I know that neighbor.
Then the Church must change, indeed. She will have to change, but not because society has changed, but rather because science and the knowledge of human being evolved. We cannot throw away two thousand years of culture on human knowledge and remain repeating the things in the Bible, the sentences in the Bible, but that are fruits of whom? Not from the Holy Ghost. Sentences that are fruits of a certain age culture. We cannot do that.”
In that same interview Father Roberto Daniel says that it is ok to have sexual relationships out of the wedlock, whether with another man or woman, provided that the other spouse knows and consents with it.