The scandal over sexual abuse of children by priests continued to reverberate across Europe.

Belgian Police Raid Offices of Church in Abuse Case - Comment on 2010 July 16

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At 73, the Bruges bishop, Roger Vangheluwe, Belgiumís longest-serving prelate, tersely announced his retirement and acknowledged molesting ďa boy in my close entourage.Ē Read more:

Today, the 16th of July 2010 I found some articles which give more details about the police raid on the Catholic Church in Belgium and I am now going to quote some passages:

Belgian Police Raid Offices of Church in Abuse Case.

The scandal over sexual abuse of children by priests continued to reverberate across Europe on Thursday when authorities raided the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church in Belgium and the home of the countryís former archbishop, according to the prosecutorsí office and local media reports.

The resignation in April of a popular bishop who admitted to molesting a boy set off a wave of hundreds of sex-abuse claims in Belgium.

As part of the operation, the home of Godfried Danneels, Belgiumís recently retired archbishop, was also raided, the Belgian television station RTL reported, citing Hans Geybels, a spokesman for the Cardinal Danneels. The former archbishopís computer was removed from his home as part of the raid, the report added.

It was unclear why officials searched the home of Cardinal Danneels.

In Belgium, hundreds of victims came forward after the Bishop of Bruges, Roger Vangheluwe, resigned after admitting that he had sexually abused a boy earlier in his career.

The first resignation of a European bishop for abusing a child relative came unexpectedly on April 23. At 73, the Bruges bishop, Roger Vangheluwe, Belgiumís longest-serving prelate, tersely announced his retirement and acknowledged molesting ďa boy in my close entourage.Ē

The boy, not named, was his own nephew, now in his early 40s.

A public pledge by Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard of Brussels that the Bruges resignation marked an end to cover-ups prompted more than 500 people - mostly men - to come forward in just two months.

 

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