Spanish Catholic Church Suspends Priest Accused Of Selling Viagra

The Roman Catholic Church has temporarily suspended a Spanish priest after accusing him of selling medications, including Viagra, which treats erectile dysfunction.

The clergyman from Don Benito, a town of about 35,000 people in western Extremadura, was held on Monday on suspicion of “trafficking narcotic substances,” according to a statement released Thursday by the diocese of Plasencia, which oversees his parish.

The priest, whose identity has been suppressed, was provisionally released by the investigating magistrate following his detention, according to the diocese, which expressed “pain and dismay at the suffering and scandal” caused by the incidents.

The diocese said it decided it was “appropriate, at this time, to temporarily remove him from the public exercise of the ministry and from his office as parish priest” as it waited for a “clarification” of what happened.

According to the statement, the cleric has been offered “psychological and spiritual accompaniment”.

According to Spanish media, the priest was involved in the trafficking of Viagra, aphrodisiacs, and narcotics alongside a second arrested guy, who was alleged to be his lover.

According to the online publication El Espanol, the two individuals, who had been under police monitoring for some months, stored the products in a residence rented by the priest. The news prompted “disbelief” among the parish’s faithful.

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