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Ousted Belgian bishop faces new abuse complaint

Catholic World News - August 14, 2012

Belgian Bishop Roger Vangheluwe, who resigned as head of the Bruges diocese in April 2010 amid charges of sexual abuse, has now been hit with another similar charge.

Bishop Vangheluwe was accused of molesting a nephew repeatedly during the 1970s and 1980s. Belgian authorities have revealed that he is now under investigation on a separate complaint, lodged by a man who claims that he was abused by the bishop in the 1990s while living at a home for children administered by the Catholic Church.

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  • Posted by: ElizabethD - Aug. 15, 2012 8:10 PM ET USA

    Absolutely horrible, if true. Not all accusations are true, though.

  • Posted by: demark8616 - Aug. 15, 2012 12:48 AM ET USA

    A research study authorized & paid for by the USCCB (http://www.philvaz.com/apologetics/PriestAbuseScandal.htm), provides this info: "• The majority of priests with allegations of abuse were ordained between 1950 and 1979 (68%). Priests ordained prior to 1950 accounted for 21.3% of the allegations, and priests ordained after 1979 accounted for 10.7% of allegations." This looks very much like a 'relic' from the pre-Vatican II era...and there are some who want to return to the 'good old days'?

  • Posted by: demark8616 - Aug. 15, 2012 12:30 AM ET USA

    "The nuns that were responsible for the children’s home at Loker at the time of the alleged abuse have said in a reaction that they never received any reports of sexual abuse by Bishop Vangheluwe from any of the children while they were running the home." Hardly likely that any child would report a bishop to the nuns!

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