Belgian court approves investigation of Church sex-abuse files
August 13, 2010
Setting aside a complaint from the Belgian bishops’ conference, a court in Brussels has authorized a government investigator to continue his probe into sex-abuse complaints involving Catholic priests. The investigation will include a thorough study of the files that were seized by police during a June 24 raid on the offices of the Belgian bishops and of an independent commission that the bishops had set up to conduct its own investigation into sex-abuse complaints. The Belgian bishops had complained that the police raid was needlessly intrusive, and had violated the confidentiality of the documents held by the independent commission.