POLITICAL observations & opinions

* the Vatican is “incensed” over pedophile investigation methods used by Belgian authorities … If it weren’t so serious, the Vatican’s reaction would be comical. It would be much better if Joseph Ratzinger (aka Pope Benedict XVI) and his colleagues in criminal cover-up were “incensed” over the disgusting behavior of priests and the criminal cover-up by bishops, cardinals and the Pope himself which has made the Church’s protestations not credible and thus prompted and made necessary such admittedly invasive investigative techniques

Posted by Lew Weinstein on June 27, 2010

The international news agency AFP reports …

  • A Catholic archdiocese could sue the Belgian state over police raids on church property carried out as part of a paedophilia investigation, a lawyer said Saturday, amid Vatican indignation.
  • Vatican number two Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone said the detention of a number of bishops during the raid was “serious and unbelievable”, comparing it to the practices of communist regimes.
  • Keuleneer said the police had drilled into the tombs of two cardinals at Mechelen cathedral north of Brussels, in order to send down cameras, and broke away part of one tomb.
  • Father Eric De Beukelaer, spokesman for the Mechelen-Brussels archdiocese, said something that the Belgian church particularly regretted was searching the premises of a committee probing priest paedophilia allegations.
  • “This is putting the work of the committee and its confidentiality at risk,” he said of the body which has been handling a flood of complaints, often in the strictest confidence, since the Belgian church’s longest-serving bishop, 73-year-old Roger Vangheluwe, resigned in April after admitting sexually abusing a boy for years.
  • The head of the Roman Catholic Church in Belgium, Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard, complained in an interview to Vatican Radio, that the search and the detention of the bishops had given the impression that they were suspects.
  • Earlier the archbishop said “it looks like the police were searching for the Da Vinci code,” a reference to the Dan Brown’s church mystery thriller.
  • The authorities also seized computer files at the home of Belgium’s top cardinal for the last 20 years, Leonard’s predecessor Godfried Danneels.
  • According to retired priest Dirk Deville, hundreds of cases of sexual abuse had been signalled to Danneels going back to the 1990s, but Danneels himself recently denied being involved in any cover-up.
  • In a bid to restore confidence within an increasingly sceptical flock, Belgium’s bishops came together in May to publicly beg forgiveness from victims both for the actions of paedophile priests and for the Church’s “silence” down the years.

read the entire article at … http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5g3KsUmyjv-YfoQWmb1Aqky_1wAAg

LMW COMMENT …

If it weren’t so serious, the Vatican’s reaction would be comical. It would be much better if Joseph Tatzinger and his colleagues in criminal cover-up were “incensed” over the disgusting behavior of priests and the criminal cover-up by bishops, cardinals and the Pope himself which has made the Church’s protestations not credible and thus prompted and made necessary such admittedly invasive investigative techniques.

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