POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Belgium’s politicians and prelates are looking to Pope Benedict to help end a clerical sexual abuse crisis … but I doubt Joseph Ratzinger will lift a finger, because he himself is as criminally culpable in the decades long coverup as any of the rest of them

Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 19, 2011

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Tom Heneghan writes for Reuters (3/18/11) …

  • Belgium’s politicians and prelates are looking to Pope Benedict to help end a clerical sexual abuse crisis that is crippling the local Catholic Church and frustrating judicial authorities unable to resolve it.
  • Calls to punish former Bruges Bishop Roger Vangheluwe, who shocked Belgium last week by publicly excusing abuse cases that caused his downfall last year, have come from the Belgian prime minister, justice and foreign ministers and several senior politicians.
  • Belgian bishops have denounced Vangheluwe, 74, who quit as bishop of Bruges after admitting to molesting his nephew, and several bishops have made clear they want swift punitive action from the Vatican, which took control of his case this month.
  • “The Church … should be much more severe and much more complete than what has been said up until now,” Justice Minister Stefaan De Clerck, a Christian Democrat, said on Friday.

read the entire article at … http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/18/us-belgium-catholic-crisis-idUSTRE73H1YM20110418

 LMW COMMENT …

I predict that Pope Ratzinger will do nothing meaningful to resolve the sexual abuse and coverup matter … because he is personally culpable and would have to face criminal prosecution if the truth was ever fully revealed.

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