Belgian Ex-Bishop Goes into Hiding

By Stephen Castle
New York Times
September 12, 2010

BRUSSELS The former bishop at the center of a child sexual abuse scandal in Belgium announced Saturday that he would leave the Trappist monastery where he had been living and go into hiding to contemplate his future.

Roger Vangheluwe, resigned in April after admitting he abused a boy, later revealed to be his nephew. The publicity surrounding the case prompted more than 200 people to come forward in a matter of days with accounts of abuse by priests, with cases stretching back several decades.

In a statement released Saturday, Mr. Vangheluwe again admitted guilt and asked for forgiveness.

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