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Belgian archbishop shocked by suspended bishop's public comments

Catholic World News - April 25, 2011

Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard has said that he was shocked by the remarks made by Bishop Roger Vangheluwe during a recent broadcast interview.

Bishop Vangheluwe, who has now admitted to molesting two of his nephews, told an interviewer that the sexual abuse was "a little piece of intimacy," suggesting that he did not regard it as a serious matter. Archbishop Leonard said that he was appalled by Vangheluwe's attempt to downplay his misconduct.

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  • Posted by: koinonia - Apr. 25, 2011 10:07 PM ET USA

    Monstrous. If one holds that obedience is the highest good in and of itself regardless of its ordered direction to Truth, these men will continue to destroy unopposed. The idea that submission to those who wish to destroy the Faith is in some way virtuous in a misdirected docility of spirit is misguided. B. Vangheluwe: "I did not have the feeling that my nephew was against it, quite the contrary. It was not brutal sex." He was appointed by Pope John Paul the Great in 1984.

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