By C.H. Gardiner

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Several former pastors have said that the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God forced or pressured them to undergo vasectomies.

In the most recent case, scourt in São Paulo condemned the church to pay R$115,000 (US$29,000) to Clarindo de Oliveira for moral and material damages. Oliveira worked for the church between 1994 and 2010 in Brazil and Honduras.

The neo-pentecostal Universal Church was founded in 1977 in Rio de Janeiro by Bishop Edir Macedo – the owner of television company RecordTV – and has become one of . . .

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