Judgment was suspended after Gilmar Mendes gave a vote against the release of services and face-to-face masses; analysis will be resumed with the opinion of Kássio Nunes Marques
O Supreme Federal Court (STF) resumes on Thursday, 8, the judgment on the realization of services and masses with the presence of believers during the pandemic of Covid-19. On Wednesday, Minister Gilmar Mendes voted against the release. Rapporteur of the process, he was the first to vote and even mocked the Union’s Attorney General, André Mendonça, saying that he would be on Mars and not within the current reality. Before the start of voting, entities with favorable and opposite positions were able to speak out. Mendonça drew a parallel between the celebrations and the transport in defending openness the frequency of the faithful.
“We are going to buy similar factual situations. How are our buses, our trains, our air system? ”He asked. Minister Gilmar Mendes mocked the statement and countered. “When your excellence speaks of the problems of transportation in Brazil, especially public transport, and speaks of the problem of air transportation with an accumulation of people, I could have understood that your excellence would have come, now to the Supreme Court, from a trip to Mars, ”he said. The magistrate said that Mendonça exempted himself from responsibilities. “But his excellence was checking here, ‘googling’ as the young people say, and I verified that he was Minister of Justice. And that he had institutional responsibilities, including proposing measures. it is up to the Union to legislate, says article 22, under national transport policy guidelines. It seems to me that there is a certain delusion in this general context. Each of us must take responsibility. This needs to be made very clear. ”
The Attorney General of the Republic, Augusto Aras, referred to the Constitution 1988 to defend the return of face-to-face services. “The largest law in force, which is the Constitution, gives citizens the right to free exercise of religious services, the intrinsic element of which is the right to be in the temple and participate in the service. The 1988 Constitution, therefore, ensured collective public worship, ”he said. After the vote of Gilmar Mendes the trial was interrupted and will resume on Thursday, 8, at 2 pm, with a vote by the minister Kássio Nunes Marques, responsible for authorizing face-to-face celebrations.
* With information from reporter Daniel Lian