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    Belgium - Police raid Catholic Bishops and Archdiocese

    I think this is fascinating and a turning point in the war against institutionalized sexual abuse of children-
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    VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI lashed out Sunday at what he called the "deplorable" raids carried out by Belgian police who detained bishops, confiscated computers, opened a crypt and took church documents as part of an investigation into priestly sex abuse.
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    Interesting that the Belgian police treated these bishops just as if they were civilians suspected of hiding proof of sexual abuse-the bishops were detained for 9 hours and their cell phones seized. The police took possession of 500+ records dealing with an internal church investigation into priest sexual abuse.

    Apparently the Belgians are unwilling to go through what the Irish have gone through in attempting to obtain the records of similar investigations. Why is it I have the urge to say "Checkmate?"

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    Thank you for starting this thread Believe. I find the level of consternation so interesting. Does anyone have any theories as to why the crypt was opened? Looking for buried evidence or DNA, possibly?

    I'm sure the Bishops were completely shocked and humiliated by having their cell phones and laptops taken. They are not above the law, however. If they've done nothing wrong, they have nothing to fear.

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    I am so loving this. It's about time they are treated like the common criminals they are.

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    Deplorable is people growing up deeply scarred and confused about core issues. That's what's deplorable. Using the word, "deplorable" from the bully pulpit, I personally also think that's also depraved and deplorable.

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    I am probably going to get booed for saying this but this is a bigger thing than even what we understand. These priests claim to have the actual priesthood of Jesus Christ. For them to abuse children is so evil that I cannot understand why there are still members of this church. My mom always told me everyone makes mistakes when we discussed this, but this is beyond that. The church is only answering these accusations because of the overwhelming evidence and public outcry. What a shame that these men who we have trusted with our most precious commodity have abused that trust over and over and over. Although we have Jesus as our atonement, it would seem to me that priest abuse of children goes over the top and even if the Lord forgave them we would not continue to support such churches. I know there is an excuse why I'm wrong, but its just my opinion.
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    The Church is in some very dicey territory. They are essentially saying that Belgium does not have juridiction over the bishops. I would think that this could energize a number of investigations across the world-and I wonder if the Church is going to start destroying the records rather than have this happen?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Missizzy View Post
    Thank you for starting this thread Believe. I find the level of consternation so interesting. Does anyone have any theories as to why the crypt was opened? Looking for buried evidence or DNA, possibly?
    Apparently they acted on a confidential tip. At least that's what was said in the Belgian (Flemish) newspapers.

    Although I have been living in Ireland since 2002, I still follow the news of my birth country. While I completely agree that bishops, priests, nuns and the rest are not above the law, I have a few personal qualms with the opening of the tomb of the archbishop. Personally (and this is only my opinion), I think they were a bit heavy-handed (but only there). This is actually more a crypt than a tomb and is/was fully covered with a marble slab. As Cardinal Mercier died in 1926 and the crypt was covered nearly immediately afterwards, I can't see how you could hide records there in the 1970's without leaving any sign of entrance.
    But for that, I completely agree with the actions that the Judicial took.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Irish Frieke View Post
    Apparently they acted on a confidential tip. At least that's what was said in the Belgian (Flemish) newspapers.

    Although I have been living in Ireland since 2002, I still follow the news of my birth country. While I completely agree that bishops, priests, nuns and the rest are not above the law, I have a few personal qualms with the opening of the tomb of the archbishop. Personally (and this is only my opinion), I think they were a bit heavy-handed (but only there). This is actually more a crypt than a tomb and is/was fully covered with a marble slab. As Cardinal Mercier died in 1926 and the crypt was covered nearly immediately afterwards, I can't see how you could hide records there in the 1970's without leaving any sign of entrance.
    But for that, I completely agree with the actions that the Judicial took.

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    Thank you for your perspective, Frieda. I suspect that they were looking for records that might have been in the crypt. JMO.

    The Catholic Church and all Churches really will have to come to grips with not being above the law or outside of it.

    Criminal actions=criminal investigation=criminal charges. Regardless if you are a priest or a civilian. This goes for MD's or any of the groups/institutions that have been held inviolate in our past. I mean, the price that has been paid for the playing field not being level is way too high. Again, JMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PorcineGranny View Post
    These priests claim to have the actual priesthood of Jesus Christ. For them to abuse children is so evil that I cannot understand why there are still members of this church.
    Because we are Catholics. We're like the Mafia. You never get out!

    PG if every organized Religion has members that just up and quit because a clergy or a deacon or Rabbi abused children there'd be no more organized Religion.

    Trust you me I am not excusing the cover up or now I see the Pope all mad about the raid. No excuse. It's vile and awful the things that have been done to our children. Worse is the men that knew it was going on and continued to let it go on. However, this is not every Priest. There are still people that have Faith in the Catholic Church. I can absolutely understand why someone wouldn't understand it, but they do have Faith.

    Just Filly's opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by believe09 View Post
    I think this is fascinating and a turning point in the war against institutionalized sexual abuse of children-
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    VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI lashed out Sunday at what he called the "deplorable" raids carried out by Belgian police who detained bishops, confiscated computers, opened a crypt and took church documents as part of an investigation into priestly sex abuse.
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    Interesting that the Belgian police treated these bishops just as if they were civilians suspected of hiding proof of sexual abuse-the bishops were detained for 9 hours and their cell phones seized. The police took possession of 500+ records dealing with an internal church investigation into priest sexual abuse.

    Apparently the Belgians are unwilling to go through what the Irish have gone through in attempting to obtain the records of similar investigations. Why is it I have the urge to say "Checkmate?"

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100627/...atican_belgium
    BRAVO Belgian authorities! BRAVO! It's about time someone grew a set and took the BULL by the horns!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Filly View Post
    Because we are Catholics. We're like the Mafia. You never get out!

    PG if every organized Religion has members that just up and quit because a clergy or a deacon or Rabbi abused children there'd be no more organized Religion.

    Trust you me I am not excusing the cover up or now I see the Pope all mad about the raid. No excuse. It's vile and awful the things that have been done to our children. Worse is the men that knew it was going on and continued to let it go on. However, this is not every Priest. There are still people that have Faith in the Catholic Church. I can absolutely understand why someone wouldn't understand it, but they do have Faith.

    Just Filly's opinion.
    Filly, I might not have expressed my opinion clearly. This is a Church that claims to be the only true Church of Jesus Christ, they claim to have the actual priesthood and that Christ himself is the one that gave them the authority. To this end, it should be obvious that this is untrue and that their statements and doctrine to the effect if you do not believe and participate you will not inherit heaven. Thats my thing, they can't possibly be the Church the Lord would have us learn from. Its not just one or two cases, its an avalanche of abuse in this one Church. Overwhelming. (Filly that doesn't mean I don't think Catholics are good folks, my parents were Catholic) I just think they are blinded to the evil of this Church and never wish to know what has gone on.
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    I think you make good points, Granny - I definitely understand the outrage you feel and the points you make about what the Catholic church claims as regards being the "one true church."

    It is beyond heartbreaking to consider that any adult who has been charged with the spiritual welfare of a child would harm that child.

    Very interesting development, believe - thanks for posting it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PorcineGranny View Post
    Filly, I might not have expressed my opinion clearly. This is a Church that claims to be the only true Church of Jesus Christ, they claim to have the actual priesthood and that Christ himself is the one that gave them the authority. To this end, it should be obvious that this is untrue and that their statements and doctrine to the effect if you do not believe and participate you will not inherit heaven. Thats my thing, they can't possibly be the Church the Lord would have us learn from. Its not just one or two cases, its an avalanche of abuse in this one Church. Overwhelming. (Filly that doesn't mean I don't think Catholics are good folks, my parents were Catholic) I just think they are blinded to the evil of this Church and never wish to know what has gone on.
    Granny I'm just catching up on Canon Law. From what I recall being taught I got out of it that they are just men except when they are administering sacraments?

    Trust me I didn't pay attention in class. I was too busy getting beat up by Nuns for being boy crazy.

    In all sincerity and this is a very, very critical situation I'm right with you. I'm just not certain about these guys being the the only true Church of Christ. I thought Catholicism came Judaism? I'll have to ask my DD about this. She spent her entire Catholic school education rebelling if only for the fact women couldn't become Priests. Not that she'd want to be one mind you.

    Thanks Granny I think I'm a half decent sort of folk. I'm glad that this is now finally somewhere in the world coming down. No holds barred.

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    The crypt was sealed in 1926? What on earth could they be looking for? Why would documents be sealed inside a crypt when they could have been burned? Could it be to gather DNA or to check for a child's remains? I guess to me, as a non-Catholic, that is the biggest mystery. And I'd also like to hear what was on those lap tops and cell phones. Do you think we'll get an accounting?

    I keep thinking that Indiana Jones is going to come sliding in. We could probably use him about now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Missizzy View Post
    The crypt was sealed in 1926? What on earth could they be looking for? Why would documents be sealed inside a crypt when they could have been burned? Could it be to gather DNA or to check for a child's remains? I guess to me, as a non-Catholic, that is the biggest mystery. And I'd also like to hear what was on those lap tops and cell phones. Do you think we'll get an accounting?

    I keep thinking that Indiana Jones is going to come sliding in. We could probably use him about now.

    Izzy Indiana Jones has to take off his hat first if he goes into Church. Naturally.

    Izzy about the crypt. We put alot of things in crypts. We put Saints in crypts. We keep relics of bones and clothing. We have museums of implements of self mortification for heaven's sake. Anything could be in that crypt.

    Again, I'm just speaking of my experience as a Catholic. The Pope just had a meeting with a prelate in May from Belgium. Hmmmmmmm.

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