The Belgian Archbishop said at a news conference that suffering had caused a “shiver” to run through the church.

The victims are angry as Belgium responds to church abuse - Comment on 2010 September 15

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Thirteen people are thought to have committed suicide as a result of abuse, the report said. Read more:

Today I read a further report about the events in the Catholic Church in Belgium and bring some excerpts from it:

The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Belgium on Monday acknowledged the scale of the scandal that had engulfed the country over sexual abuse by priests and promised to do more for the victims, but he offered few short-term solutions and said little of substance about further pursuing the abusers.

The church leader, Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard, said at a news conference that suffering had caused a “shiver” to run through the church, but that it was too soon for a detailed response to the crisis. The extent of the abuse was revealed in a report published Friday.

The lack of more comprehensive steps was greeted with anger by representatives of victims, with one lawyer calling the church’s response “scandalous.”

The one concrete announcement from the archbishop was that the church in Belgium would set up a new center for victims to focus on “recognition, reconciliation and healing,” which is likely to open at the end of the year.

That effort follows the release of the 200-page report on Friday, compiled by an internal commission set up by the church, which included harrowing testimony from victims and said that one had been abused from the age of 2. Thirteen people are thought to have committed suicide as a result of abuse, the report said.

 

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