In the midst of the clash, STF judges on Wednesday church closings during Covid-19 pandemic

In the midst of the clash, STF judges on Wednesday church closings during Covid-19 pandemic
In the midst of the clash, STF judges on Wednesday church closings during Covid-19 pandemic

BRASÍLIA (Reuters) – The president of the Supreme Federal Court (STF), Luiz Fux, decided to include as first item on Wednesday’s plenary judgment agenda actions that involve the possibility of opening churches, temples and holding other ceremonies. religious nature in the country, according to the agency’s press office, in the midst of the most serious moment of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

The Fux determination occurs after conflicting decisions taken in the last days by ministers of the STF.

On Saturday, the eve of Easter Sunday, when responding to a request from the National Association of Evangelical Jurists (Anajure), the Minister of Supreme Nunes Marques had granted an injunction to release face-to-face religious activities.

In that decision, Marques determined that States, municipalities and the Federal District should refrain from issuing decrees that would prohibit these activities, stipulating protocols for the performance of the ceremonies.

On Monday, in two other actions, Minister Gilmar Mendes decided to close churches in São Paulo and criticized the release of religious ceremonies at the moment.

Mendes compared this type of release to a “negationist stance”. “An ideology that denies the pandemic that now plagues the country, and that denies a set of precedents set by this Court during the health crisis that is arising,” he said.

In his decision, Mendes said that the decree that was sought to challenge “was not issued in the ‘ether’, but in the country that, containing 3% of the world population, concentrates 33% of the daily deaths by covid-19 in the world, on the date of this Decision ”.

After Mendes’ decision, the Attorney General of the Republic, Augusto Aras, presented a request to the president of the STF, Luiz Fux, for Nunes Marques to be the rapporteur of all the actions involving the matter for having taken the first preliminary decision on the case.

Nunes Marques, nominated to the Supreme Court by President Jair Bolsonaro, and Gilmar Mendes had a tough fight in the trial that, in the end, considered ex-judge and ex-minister Sergio Moro suspicious in the process of ex-president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva about the Guarujá triplex.

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