In an interview aired last week, suspended Catholic bishop, Rev.  Roger Vangheluwe, made light of the sexual charges against him of sexually abusing children, including his own nephew.

The former bishop of Bruge spoke of his sexual abuse as “a little game” that involved fondling but ” no rough sex”.

“I was never naked,” the bishop said and the abuse was never about “real sexuality” said the disgraced bishop who is 74.

The bishops remarks caused and uproar in Belgium with the Prime Minister, senior clergy and a prosecutor expressed shock at the way the bishop made light of his offenses.

In response the Vatican  has said this  many cannot work as a priest while Rome determines hispunishment.

Incidentally, some months ago a Nova Scotia Catholic  bishop named Lahey was charged with having child pornogrpahy.  He is supposed to appear in court in Ottawa some time this month.  I don’t think it has happened yet.  Will keep watching.

Does not even one Catholic  bishop get it?

What do you think?

Incidentally, this disgusting news about the Catholic bishop in Belgium making light of the sexual abuse of children comes just at the moment the holy Catholic Church is entering the most sacred portion of its liturgical year – Passiontide – which begins today.


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    It’s called, “circling the wagon,” Neil.

    Repeat something — anything — that is a lie often enough, and sooner or later, someone will actually believe it and spread it as truth. Others will pick it up and run with it, spreading it themselves. And sooner or later, a lie “becomes” truth. Wait for it.

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    littlepatti Says:

    The Bishop sounds a little demented. How could anyone in their right mind say that it was “a little game”? Of course he’s guilty.

    The Catholic church has been sheltering pedophiles and perverts forever.
    The many good priests must have known what was going on and they didn’t step forward. That makes them complicit.

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    Neil McKenty Says:

    I must disagree with you Little Patti. I know many good priests in the Catholic who knew nothing about the sex scandal.

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    littlepatti Says:

    I too knew many good priests, who knew nothing. Not one of them (that I knew) stood up and denounced their “brothers” even when they heard what was going on. They toed the line, and the Catholic Church did not distinguish itself in any way in dealing with the magnitude of the problem. PS: I was a Catholic! (That doesn’t make me an expert either).
    BTW- The actions of the Pope and the church were questionable in WW11.

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    jim Says:

    In his book “Three Popes and the Jews”, Pinahas Lapide, a Jew, wrote; (the book shows the light and the dark side of the Catholic Church with respect to Jews through the course of decades) “The Catholic Church under the pontificate of Pius ll was instrumental in saving at least 700,000 but probably as many as 860,000 Jews from certain death at Nazi hands. This was more than all the other churches, religious institutions, rescue organizations combined” (The thinking by some at the time that the crusade to rescue the Jews was meant to atone, in part,for the hateful teachings of the past.)
    The Pope found, at a point in time, that when he protested, the victim would disappear. Answer to inquiries was always the same “We don’t have anyone under detention with that name” The Pope knew that the Nazis were adopting the same tactics that the Spanish Communists had used in 1936. The Church lost, through murder and death by torture, 12 bishops, 5235 priests, 2492 monks 283 nuns and 294 novices.
    On October15/16/43 the Nazis, in Rome, rounded up a group of Jews. They were willing to release them in exchange for 50 kilos of gold (56,000 USD) within 36 hours. They managed to accumulate only 35 kilos. Chief Rabbi Israel asked for, and received from, the Vatican the balance required. The Pope also approved the sheltering of Jews in monastories, some ending up in the Vatican, Well there we are.

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    zeusiswatching Says:

    Pedo-priests, like all molesters can not but be expected to try and downplay their actions. The important thing is for law enforcement, legislators, and the courts, both civil and criminal to step up to the plate and do what it takes to protect people in the future. That means taking a tough line with any institution, secular or sacred, that thinks covering for molesters is somehow in the interests of the organization.

    My take on this, I think that most jurisdictions in North America are getting very serious about preventing abuse and punishing abusers at this point.

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    zeusiswatching Says:

    While not a Roman adherent myself, I think the actions of the Catholic Church in WW II varied from place to place. What happened in the Balkans, for a sad example, does not reflect the courage shown by so many other Catholics in resisting evil in other places.

    Give the law the tools it needs to prosecute wrongdoers in and out of holy orders. I think that it is the approach that is appropriate because it allows us to move forward and be proactive. Prevention and protection are clearly needed.

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