The church seems not to have understood that the public opinion was turning extremely hostile to them.

Outrage in Belgium over interview of ex-bishop - Comment on 2011 April 16

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“Last June, Pope Benedict was quick to criticize the raiding of church property by the Belgian police as ‘deplorable’ and his failure to condemn Bishop Vangheluwe was baffling and morally inexcusable. His failure to defrock the bishop - an obvious and minimal step - suggests that corrupt clerics continue to get preferential treatment from Rome.” Read more:

Today I read again about the Belgian bishop Vangheluwe. Already several times the name Vangheluwe appeared on this website:
2010 Apr 29
2010 Jun 25
2010 Jul 05
2010 Jul 16
2010 Aug 04
2010 Aug 31
2010 Sep 09
2010 Nov 17

So here the newest about Bishop Vangheluwe:

 

Outrage in Belgium over interview of ex-bishop

Belgium reacted with shock on Friday when a disgraced former bishop revealed that he had abused two nephews but said he did not consider himself a pedophile.

A year after his resignation plunged Belgium’s Roman Catholic Church into a crisis, the former bishop of Bruges provoked almost universal condemnation on Friday, this time by admitting that he had abused a second nephew and insisting that he was not a pedophile.

Roger Vangheluwe resigned as bishop of Bruges, Belgium, last year, when it emerged that he had abused one of his nephews.

In a television interview late Thursday that reopened deep wounds, the bishop, Roger Vangheluwe, 74, recounted with apparent lack of contrition events leading up to his resignation as bishop of Bruges last year, when it emerged that nearly 25 years ago he had abused a boy who was later revealed to be one of his nephews.

Those revelations prompted hundreds of people to come forward, claiming that they, too, had been victims of priests, and forced Belgium’s Roman Catholic Church into its deepest crisis of recent times.

But Belgium’s justice minister, Stefaan De Clerck, called on the Vatican to impose a tough punishment.

Politicians, including the Belgian prime minister, joined church leaders and those campaigning for victims in attacking the comments.

The church “seems not to have understood that the public opinion was turning extremely hostile to them.”

“If ever an occasion demanded immediate and severe response from the pope, Vangheluwe’s interview last night is it.”

The group noted that last June, Pope Benedict was quick to criticize the raiding of church property by the Belgian police as “deplorable” and said that his failure to condemn Bishop Vangheluwe was ”baffling and morally inexcusable.”

“His failure to defrock the bishop - an obvious and minimal step - suggests that corrupt clerics continue to get preferential treatment from Rome,” the group said.

 

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