Belgium, searches for new investigation into the pedophile priests

Vatican Insider

Material seized in the offices of some bishops. The spokesman of a bishop: “We have nothing to hide”

Vatican Insider Staff

New searches by Belgian police in the investigation into alleged abuses committed by priests against children. According to local media, the agents – by order of the judiciary as part of “Operation Chalice” – seized material from the offices of the Archbishop of Malin-Brussels and the bishops of Antwerp and Hasselt. “We are looking for personal files relating to certain prelates whose names have been mentioned in the statements of victims,” explained Lieve Pellens, spokesperson for the Belgian federal prosecutor, quoted by the Belgian news agency, who noted that the operation is “in an important phase.”

The spokesperson also wanted to clarify that the Catholic Church- unlike in June of 2010, when the Vatican accused the Belgian authorities of behaving “worse than Communists” – provided their “full cooperation, everything has been done legally.” “We have nothing to hide,” stressed Clem Vande Broek, spokesperson for the Bishop of Hasselt.

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