CITTA' DEL VATICANO
CITTA' DEL VATICANO - Si è dimesso il vescovo di Bruges monsignor Roger Vangheluwe, che ha ammesso di aver abusato sessualmente di un giovane e di averlo fatto per di più dopo la sua nomina alla guida della dicoesi, avvenuta nel 1984. La Sala Stampa della Santa Sede ha reso noto che il Papa ha "immediatamente" accettato le dimissioni e ha diffuso il testo di una dichiarazione del vescovo.
"Quando ero ancora un semplice sacerdote e per un certo tempo all'inizio del mio episcopato - ha confessato il presule - ho abusato sessualmente di un giovane dell'ambiente a me vicino. La vittima ne è ancora segnata. Nel corso degli ultimi decenni, ho più volte riconosciuto la mia colpa nei suoi confronti, come nei confronti della sua famiglia, e ho domandato perdono. Ma questo non lo ha pacificato. E neppure io lo sono".
The bishop of Bruges resigns
"I sexually abused a young man"
The prelate confessed his victim "is still disturbed" by the rape, and his request for pardon "didn't pacify him". The Vatican dismisses a lawssuit against Pope Benedict filed in a US federal court: "It's only a strumentalization".
VATICAN CITY - The bishop of Bruges, monsignor Roger Vangheluwe, resigned after his admission of having sexually abused a young man, and moreover of having done that soon after his nomination as head of the diocese in 1984. The Press Room of the Holy See reported the Pope "immediately" accepted his resignation and issued the text of the bishop's statement.
"When I was a simple priest and for a certain period of time after my nomination as a bishop - the prelate confessed - I sexually abused a young man frequenting the diocese. The victim is still suffering from that. In the course of the last decades I often recognized my faulty behavior to him and to his family and I asked for pardon. But that didn't pacify him. Nor do I feel pacified" .
Vangheluwe added in his statement that "the media storm of the past weeks has increased the trauma. I can't go on in such a situation". "I'm profoundly sorry - he ended - for what I did and I present my most sincere apologies to the victim, his family, the entire catholic community and society at-large. I presented to the Pope Benedict XVI my resignation from bishop of Bruges. It was accepted on Friday and so I retire".
Meanwhile the Vatican dismissed a sex abuse lawsuit filed in the name of a victim of a pedophile priest in Wisconsin against Pope Benedict XVI and the cardinals Angelo Sodano and Tarcisio Bertone. "While legitimate lawsuits have been filed by abuse victims, this is not one of them", said Jeffrey Lena, the American lawyer of the Holy See. He said the lawsuit presented by his collegue Jeff Anderson on behalf of a victim of Fr. Lawrence Murhphy was " an attempt at a broader attack meant to re-characterize the Catholic Church as a worldwide 'business enterprise' ". According to Lena, the case brought against the Vatican is a "remake of old theories already dismissed by the US courts".