Belgian Salesians defend decision to send convicted pedophile to Africa

Catholic News Service via National Catholic Reporter

November 27, 2019

By Jonathan Luxmoore

Belgium’s Salesian order defended its decision to send a priest convicted of child abuse to work with Caritas in Central African Republic, where he has been accused of abusing children again.

Father Carlo Loots, Belgian provincial vicar and spokesman for the Salesians of Don Bosco, also said the order had learned from the incident and changed some procedures.

“We’ve learned that all communications involving such cases must be written and documented, rather than exchanged verbally at the risk of being passed over and forgotten,” Loots told Catholic News Service Nov. 26.

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