Belgian Catholic Church to 'screen' for paedophile priests

20th September 2011, Comments 1 comment

Belgium's Roman Catholic Church is to conduct psychological tests on candidates for priesthood to weed out any with paedophile tendencies, the head of the Church said.

"The Church must do a better job to protect children," Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard told VTM television late Monday in the wake of a child sex abuse scandal that has shaken the Belgian Catholic Church.

Men who enter a seminary will be "screened" and they will have follow-ups with psychologists, Leonard said, adding that a code to prevent child abuses was prepared by bishops and will be published soon.

After similar scandals in the United States, Ireland and Germany, the Belgian Church was rocked in April 2010 with revelations that the bishop of Bruges, Roger Vangheluwe, had abused a nephew for 13 years.

A Church-backed commission later discovered nearly 500 cases of abuse by priests since the 1950s, including 13 known suicides among victims.

© 2011 AFP

1 Comment To This Article

  • Danny haszard posted:

    on 20th September 2011, 21:00:55 - Reply

    Not to diminish the serious sin of the RCC but Please examine the Jehovah's Witnesses who go door to door and come on our property.

    Jehovah's Witnesses pedophiles.
    Many court documents and news events prove that Jehovah's Witnesses require two witnesses when a child comes forward with allegations of molestation within the congregation. Such allegations have customarily been treated as sins instead of crimes and are only reported to authorities when it is required to do so by law, (which varies by state).

    It has also been shown that child molesters within the organization usually have not been identified to the congregation members or the public at large. These people engage in a door to door ministry, possibly exposing children to pedophiles.

    The Watchtower corporation has paid out millions in settlement money already.
    -- Danny Haszard abuse victim