Source: O Observador
The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God has announced that it will appeal to the courts to “demand compensation for the damages caused” with the news published on cases of illegal adoption after a “defamatory campaign” against the institution.
“The UCKG will appeal to the courts to demand reparation for the damages caused,” says the UCKG, in a “statement to restore truth” signed by the board members, João Filipe, César Ribeiro and Maria João Dias, published in several newspapers.
Explaining that it used paid spaces in several publications to ensure that the information is “transmitted in full”, this religious institution points out that, over the last few months, it has been “the object of an defamatory campaign, constituted […] by an inexhaustible sequence of television reportages and news published in newspapers, which are intended to inculcate the idea that the Church has fed an illegal and fraudulent adoption scheme about 20 years ago. ”
“This campaign, made of unprecedented aggression, as well as disrespecting the fundamental rights of various people involved, is false and defamatory,” says the UCKG in the statement.
Referring to the case analysis by the Republic General’s Office (PGR), which “has not detected unclear circumstances” in the UCKG’s adoptions, the entity stresses that “all adoption processes … were strictly processed, having been legal proceedings, either by the administrative authorities, by the Public Prosecutor’s Office or by the judicial magistrates. ”
“This is being thoroughly investigated and without any doubt by the PGR,” he adds, arguing that “for this reason there is nothing [nothing] to point to the way in which the various steps prescribes by the law have been processed, from the handover of the children to the institutions to the deferral of judicial trust, until the decision for adoption”.
The UCKG insists that “everything, absolutely everything, was done under strict compliance with the applicable rules,” concluding that “everything that says otherwise is false.”
“It must be made very clear [that] the UCKG has not taken children from their parents as it has been insidiously said. The children were delivered by the Social Services to the home because they were at risk, ” they said, saying they do not know the reasons for “this campaign”.
The institution also guarantees that it will “restore truth … for the torrent of ingenious falsehood, gross lies and malicious manipulations, of which they have become a target, generating, moreover, incitement to violence, which has already generated the practice of criminal acts concerning persons and property “.
The TVI exhibited a series of reports called “The Secret of the Gods”, in which it reported that the UCKG was allegedly related to the abduction and trafficking of children born in Portugal.
The case was, however, followed by other national media bodies.
The alleged crimes will have occurred in the 1990s with children taken from a home in Lisbon, which would have sustained a scheme of illegal adoptions for the benefit of UCKG related families living in Brazil and the United States.
The UCKG has refuted the accusations of abduction and of a scheme of illegal adoption of Portuguese children and considers them the result of “a defamatory and lying campaign”.
According to information provided by TVI, the UCKG currently has nine million congregants, spread across 182 countries, 320 bishops and about 14 thousand pastors.
At the end of last January, this television station was notified by means of a precautionary measure for the withdrawal of the reportages.