Posted by Robyn Smith
The National Truth Commission issued a press release yesterday announcing plans to investigate the role of the Catholic and evangelical churches during the dictatorship. Commission member Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, who will head the inquiry, has said that purpose is to uncover information not only about clergy and groups that supported the repression, but also those who resisted it. One of the most well known examples of the latter is the Archdiocese of São Paulo, which in 1985 published Brasil Nunca Mais, a landmark, unauthorized truth report on dictatorship-era political torture, murder, and disappearance. Using documents secretly photocopied and compiled from a government archive, the book provided indisputable evidence that torture was routine and wide-spread under military rule.
For additional coverage in English of the truth commission’s investigation of the Church, see here.