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Belgian authorities have raided the headquarters of the Belgian Catholic Church during an investigation into child sex abuse claims.

A spokesman for the Brussels prosecutors' office confirmed that the palace of the Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels had been sealed off.

Police have also raided the home of retired archbishop Godfried Danneels.

Belgium is one of several countries in which a stream of abuse claims have shaken the Roman Catholic Church.

Brussels prosecutors were looking for material relating to allegations of sex abuse, a spokesman for the prosecutors' office said.

"This is a case that the Brussels prosecutors' office received recently, containing a statement of facts in relation to alleged sexual abuse of minors by a number of people within the church," said Jean-Marc Meilleur.

"The object of the searches is to verify the declaration and eventually gather evidence about these declarations," he added.
Tapping on boards

At the home of retired Archbishop Godfried Danneels in Mechelen, just north of Brussels, police did not question the archbishop but took away his computer, according to his spokesman, Hans Geybels.
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  The cardinal believes justice must run its normal course

Hans Geybels Spokesman for Cardinal Godfried Danneels


Mr Geybels said police had also asked Archbishop Danneels to accompany them to the cathedral in Mechelen because they had heard that there might be files there.

He said the officers were tapping on boards and looking for hidden spaces, but as far as he was aware, they had not found anything.

He said Cardinal Danneels was co-operating fully: "The cardinal believes justice must run its normal course. He has nothing against that."

Separately, the offices of an independent commission set up to look into cases of sexual abuse have also been raided.

An inquiry into child sex abuse in the Catholic Church in Belgium has been running for several years.

In April, the then-bishop of the Belgian city of Bruges, Roger Vangheluwe, resigned after admitting that he had sexually abused a boy earlier in his career.

At the time, Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard said the move showed that the Church wanted to "resolutely turn a page on a very painful" topic.
Papal pledge

In recent months, allegations of abuse levelled against Catholic priests have surfaced in many countries.

There have also been accusations that Church authorities in Europe and North and South America failed to deal with cases openly or properly.

Pope Benedict XVI himself has been accused of being part of a culture of secrecy, and of not taking strong enough steps against abusers when he had that responsibility as a cardinal in Rome.

However, his supporters say he has been the most pro-active pope yet in confronting abuse.

The Pope pledged in April to "bring to justice" Church officials responsible for abuse.

The Vatican also made it explicit that sex abuse cases should be reported to police if required by law
Your point being?
Saw it on the news. Thought I'd post it here
(06-24-2010, 04:47 PM)Metatron Wrote: [ -> ]Saw it on the news. Thought I'd post it here

You posted this news article without any comment of yours. I found it a bit purposeless, especially since this subject has been talked about here over and over again.

Perhaps you could elaborate.
I think I just did. It was the proper place to post it I guess.
We just knew that Cardinal Daneels wouldn't be far behind.  Juist smell the sulfu:

http://eponymousflower.blogspot.com/2010...hs-hq.html
They also seized around 430 dossiers from closed cabinets and took Archbishop Leonard's computer as well.
Hmmm. I guess we'll see if anything happens. Accusations are only beneficial to the people making them, and very detrimental to the well-being of the defendant, so they happen all time. Convictions are a little more substantial, so let's see what happens.
Belgium, Holland, Austria, Switzerland and Germany was where the revolution after Vatican 2 started, in fact it started years before there.  I hope these apostates will be more comfortable under their new religion Islam in the coming decades, somehow i doubt it. Wait till those mullahs get their hands on the gay activisits, they will be screaming to the pope for help.
(06-24-2010, 04:50 PM)Vetus Ordo Wrote: [ -> ]
(06-24-2010, 04:47 PM)Metatron Wrote: [ -> ]Saw it on the news. Thought I'd post it here

You posted this news article without any comment of yours. I found it a bit purposeless, especially since this subject has been talked about here over and over again.

Perhaps you could elaborate.

I post articles all the time without a single comment, just as an FYI. What's the problem?

Here's the reaction to the raids from Rome:

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20100627/D9GJKEK03.html