URGENT! Only 3 days left! We must still match $3,495 to win a $25,400 Challenge Grant! Can you help?
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Belgian archbishop cautions against 'vengeance' in pursuit of abusive priests

Catholic World News - October 28, 2010

Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard of Brussels has asked for a balanced approach to the punishment of priests who have been guilty of abuse, warning against “a sort of vengeance.”

Questioned as to whether abusive priests should be punished, the archbishop replied: “If they’re still active, certainly.” But he questioned whether any good purpose is served by pursuing elderly retired priests. “I’m not sure that exercising a sort of vengeance that will have no concrete result is humane,” he said.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Spring Challenge Grant
Progress toward our Spring Challenge Grant goal ($3,495 to go):
$25,400.00 $21,904.71
14% 86%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: opraem - Oct. 28, 2010 8:07 PM ET USA

    unstated in the bishop's comments is don't go after the bishops whose foolishness and incompetence allowed this disaster to happen.

Matching Campaign
Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

What's wrong with these pictures? 1 hours ago
What can we learn from the dignity of military services? 2 hours ago
Urgent! We need extra financial support between now and May 24th. 8 hours ago
Was Lewis “basically Catholic”? 23 hours ago
Reading The Diary of a Country Priest: Scandal May 20

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days