Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Danneels, the do-nothing Cardinal

Pédophilie: Un ex-primat belge se dédouane de toute responsabilité -

Pedophilia: Former Belgian primate to shirk responsibility

Cardinal Godfried Danneels, former primate of Belgium, said Tuesday before a parliamentary commission to investigate sexual abuse by clergy that he was not responsible for other Belgian bishops.

A report published in September by a commission set up by the Church has identified 475 victims of priests, including at least 13 suicides.

Based on recordings made this summer in Belgium, Cardinal Godfried Danneels was aware of sexual abuse by the Bishop of Bruges, Roger Vangheluwe, but he discouraged the victim from making an immediate public statements on this matter .

"I cannot give orders to other bishops. I have no authority over other bishops and I think that is the basis for many problems that have been cited here, Danneels defended himself.
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