RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - A Brazilian priest known for conservative views on moral issues and disapproving in his sermons of kissing and sex has been suspended for sending a nude selfie to an apparent mistress on his cell phone.
"Father Alfredo Rosa Borges has been suspended from his duties," and faces ex-communication, a diocesan spokesman at Campos de Goytacazes, a northern town in Rio state said on Tuesday.
Borges is seen posing naked in front of a mirror holding his cell phone in pictures posted last week via smartphone service WhatsApp which have since appeared in online media.
Rio daily O Dia reported he had admitted sending suggestive messages to a woman who later posted them but denied having an intimate relationship with her.
"An investigation has been opened but the photo comprises a transgression for the Church," the bishop of Campos, Roberto Francisco, told O Dia.
Worshippers at Borges' Santo Antonio church reported he had first insisted the picture was fake but then conceded it was him and explained that "we are all sinners".
Borges authors a blog where he expresses conservative views on social issues, dubbing kissing a "grave sin" and sexual liaisons as a "serious moral disorder as normally it leaves aside and abandons the procreative aspect".