Catholic Culture Trusted Commentary
Catholic Culture Trusted Commentary
Catholic World News

UN, abuse survivor groups seek Vatican investigation of Nobel laureate Belo

October 03, 2022

» Continue to this story on AP

CWN Editor's Note: Bishop Carlos Felipe Ximenes Belo won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1996 for his work on behalf of human rights in East Timor and resigned from his post in the Dili diocese in 2002, at the age of 54, citing health reasons. Following a report that Bishop Belo had sexually abused minors, a Vatican spokesman said that the Vatican learned of allegations in 2019 and imposed secret sanctions on him in 2020.

“These allegations are truly shocking and need to be fully investigated,” said Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

“The Vatican’s suggestion that it first learned of the allegations in the last few years doesn’t pass the smell test. It is wholly implausible,” said Anne Barrett-Doyle of Bishop Accountability. “Signs point to the real possibility that Belo is another McCarrick – an acclaimed churchman whose predations were known to many Church officials.”

The above note supplements, highlights, or corrects details in the original source (link above). About CWN news coverage.

 


For all current news, visit our News home page.


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 current donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.