During a mass service in São Paulo, Brazil on Sunday afternoon, a woman came onstage and pushed Father Marcelo Rossi offstage. Rossi is an anti-gay priest and one of Brazil’s most famous priests, but her attack doesn’t seem to have anything to do with his anti-gay stances.
Although the attack was humiliating — it occurred on TV and in front of an audience of over 50,000 people — the priest was reportedly unharmed, returned to the stage minutes later and didn’t press charges.
According to various Brazilian media, the unnamed woman drove in from out of town with her three-year-old son and somehow got through security to rush Rossi onstage. She reportedly claims to have bipolar disorder and has given conflicting accounts of her intentions.
An official told Brazilian media:
“She said that she wanted to come in to talk to him and that she was scared the moment she saw the security guards running after her. It’s her version, but anyone who sees the pictures sees that there is none of it [security guards running after her]. She says she got scared and pushed him at a time when she kind of freaked out, lost control, but she had no intention [of hurting him], she just wanted to talk to him.”
Helpful social note: If you “just want to talk” to somebody, don’t shove them off of an elevated platform like this:
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Mulher empurra @padremarcelorossi ao vivo no canal Canção Nova do YouTube. Em nota, a emissora informou que está tudo bem com o padre e que a moça foi detida pela polícia. “Uma fiel empurrou do palco o padre Marcelo Rossi durante uma missa em Cachoeira Paulista neste domingo (14). A mulher furou a segurança, invadiu o palco durante a celebração que acontecia na Canção Nova e empurrou o padre de cima da estrutura. Apesar da queda, ele não ficou ferido e a mulher foi contida pela Polícia Militar.” Mais detalhes sobre o que aconteceu com a mulher você confere clicando no link da bio ou dos stories. Video: @audienciacarioca
Rossi has made numerous anti-gay statements throughout his career. In November 1998, he said, “A lot of ideas will change the day homosexuality is proven to be an illness.” In a 2014 interview, he said, “Sex between man causes pain, if something causes pain, it can’t be a good thing.” He has also opposed same-sex marriage because, “The word of God is clear that man and woman were created to unite and bear fruit.”
He is also a prolific author and Christian musician with over 11 million sales in Latin America and a radio show with over 3 million listeners nationwide.