Redada policial contra la sede de la Iglesia católica en Bélgica

pederastiaLa policía belga ha asaltado una casa en la sede de la Iglesia Católica en Bélgica tras informes de que representantes eclesiásticos han sido culpados de pedofilia.

La razón para el control es una nueva investigación sobre denuncias de abusos de menores llevadas a cabo por la iglesia. Lo confirma el portavoz de la fiscalía, Jean-Marc Meilleur.

La policía entró en las oficinas del arzobispo de Malinas-Bruselas, justo al norte de la capital belga,

– Para determinar si hay algo en estas alegaciones, añadió Meilleur.

Escándalos que involucran a sacerdotes acusados de pedofilia y acusaciones de que gente ‘en lo alto de la Iglesia católica’ ha ayudado a atender estas cuestiones ha aumentado su alcance en el último año.

La Iglesia católica en Bélgica fue sacudida por un asunto de pedofilia en abril, cuando el obispo de 73 años Roger Vangheluwe admitió abuso sexual de un niño durante año varios.


Police raid Belgian Catholic HQ in child sex probe

Police raided the headquarters of the Belgian Catholic Church on Thursday following fresh accusations of child sex abuse involving priests.

The latest blow to the scandal-hit Roman Catholic Church came as a meeting of bishops took place in the presence of the Vatican’s ambassador to Belgium, in Mechelen, just north of Brussels.

«Within the context of a recent investigation, prosecutors have been informed of accusations denouncing abuse of minors committed by a certain number of Church figures,» a spokesman for Brussels prosecutors told AFP.

About 30 officers and investigators sealed off the palace of the archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels «in order to establish if these accusations are backed up or not,» said Jean-Marc Meilleur, without giving any more details.

Some 450 submissions to a special commission set up to examine complaints received of child abuse in the past and housed in the archdiocese premises were taken by officers.

Dutch-language daily De Standaard reported that authorities also wanted to ensure that all accusations received by Catholic leaders in the country had been transmitted to the independent body.

The man who led Belgium’s Catholic Church for two decades until the turn of the year, Godfried Danneels, was himself «escorted» to the site by investigators, private Flemish TV channel VTM reported.

The channel said that the documents held by the independent commission were supposed to have been passed over «discreetly» to justice officials, but that clearly that had not yet been done as expected.

The Roman Catholic Church in Belgium has endured some of the worst of the paedophilia scandals to beset the Vatican, having been rocked in April when its longest-serving bishop, 73-year-old Roger Vangheluwe, resigned from his Bruges post after admitting sexually abusing a boy for years. […] []

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