Priest found dead after complaint to Bishop

Portugal Resident [Lagoa, Portugal]

February 24, 2023

By Natasha Donn

A 57-year-old priest has been found dead this week, 500 kms from home, following a complaint made by the family of a “vulnerable” man. José António Gonçalves ran a parish in Évora. His body was discovered not far from his car on Tuesday in Terras de Bouro. Say reports: “This was the first formal complaint against the priest, there being no record in the diocesan archives or witness statements made to the Independent Commission which studied abuse in the Portuguese Catholic Church” – and released its damning report very recently. The commission meantime (now no longer active) has called for another structure to be set up so that any further abuses within the Church can be properly dealt with.