Belgian prosecutors target 100 'paedophile priests'

19th November 2011, Comments 6 comments

Belgium's federal prosecutors have passed on the names of some 100 suspected paedophile Catholic priests to local prosecution departments for possible action, a newspaper reported Saturday.

The Flemish-language daily Het Laatste Niuews, quoting judicial sources, said the main intention was to keep an eye on the suspects to ensure they do not offend again.

The report said the list was drawn up on the basis of information gathered in controversial police raids on the headquarters of the Mechelen-Brussels diocese in June last year.

Other data came from evidence gathered by a special church commission on paedophilia and the complaints of abuse victims, it said.

Officials were not available Saturday to confirm the report, which also said that some local prosecutors had warned suspect clerics that they were aware of the allegations against them.

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

Vangheluwe's subsequent decision to quit opened a floodgate of allegations, with one report a year ago revealing almost 500 cases of abuse in Catholic institutions since the 1950s, including 13 known suicides by victims.

In September some 70 alleged victims filed joint legal action against the Belgian Church and the Holy See, the first such class action suit in Belgium and the first such suit involving the Vatican in Europe.


© 2011 AFP

6 Comments To This Article

  • what? posted:

    on 22nd November 2011, 19:13:46 - Reply

    @Deb: Many heterosexuals also hurt and rape women. Does that mean that all people attracted to women are like that? No, because being heterosexual and hurting women are two completely different things. The same with pedophilia.

    What you said, "rev.", is actual demonization of a group based on their sexual orientation. People are not "evil" just for being different. I thought that you catholics has learned to accept people with a different sexual orientation.

    People with pedophilia can be as good as anyone. Its just a sexual orientation, it does not mean everything. You cannot reduce a person to his sexual attraction, because people are so much more than that. You can be a pedophile and still be a productive member of society and a great human being. Shame on YOU, Rev Dr E LeBreton for thinking otherwise.

    @Kip: Saying that "oh, because everyone thinks that pedophiles are child molesters, then its ok to said that" is just an excuse.

    Many people mistakes homosexuals with pedophiles. Would you say that is OK to use those words as synonyms, just because some people think they are the same??? Do you think that we should change the meaning of words just because ignorant people think they are the same??


    Besides, conflating the terms demonizes people, as the Rev Dr E LeBreton has showed us. It stigmatizes people based on their sexual orientation.


    @Deb: Many heterosexuals also hurt and rape women. Does that mean that all people attracted to women are like that? No, because being heterosexual and hurting women are two completely different things. The same with pedophilia.

    What you said, "rev.", is actual demonization of a group based on their sexual orientation. People are not "evil" just for being different. I thought that you catholics has learned to accept people with a different sexual orientation.

    People with pedophilia can be as good as anyone. Its just a sexual orientation, it does not mean everything. You cannot reduce a person to his sexual attraction, because people are so much more than that. You can be a pedophile and still be a productive member of society and a great human being. Shame on YOU, Rev Dr E LeBreton for thinking otherwise.

    @Kip: Saying that "oh, because everyone thinks that pedophiles are child molesters, then its ok to said that" is just an excuse.

    Many people mistakes homosexuals with pedophiles. Would you say that is OK to use those words as synonyms, just because some people think they are the same??? Do you think that we should change the meaning of words just because ignorant people think they are the same??


    Rev Dr E LeBreton: What would you do if a 16 yo boy trusted you that he is a pedophile (not a child molester) and he is contemplating suicide because ignorant zealots think he is a "monster"??
  • kip posted:

    on 20th November 2011, 03:40:47 - Reply

    The American Heritage Stedman's Medical Dictionary states, "Pedophilia is the act or fantasy on the part of an adult of engaging in sexual activity with a child or children. For one to assume the label is a comment on actual behavior (intercourse with a child) is perfectly reasonable and by far the most common usage in our society.

    To pretend the label is primarily about fantasy is, at best, disingenuous, and at worst indicative of a self serving protest.
  • Deb posted:

    on 20th November 2011, 03:28:11 - Reply

    Do not compare peadophilia with homosexuality or heterosexuality or any experience conducted between to consenting ADULTS peadophilia is perverse, peadophiles prey on children, as demonstrated by the article above the children are victims, many are scarred for life, some do suicide, or drugs or just continue on, broken and haunted, day dreaming may NOT be a crime but do not presume to excuse it, I would be less appalled if you craved sex with a corpse, at least the corpse wouldn't care, shame on YOU Rev Dr E LeBreton
  • richard short posted:

    on 19th November 2011, 23:20:29 - Reply

    I think you misunderstood his comment, Rev. He was trying to state the difference between being a pedophile psychologically and actually having sex with children.
  • Rev Dr E LeBreton posted:

    on 19th November 2011, 22:24:28 - Reply

    Pedophilia not a crime? In what country? Abuse of children is a crime in all civilizations. Your ignorance is amazing.
  • what? posted:

    on 19th November 2011, 21:42:08 - Reply

    Being a pedophile is not crime, no one can be judged for being "a pedophile". Is a sexual orientation, you wouldnt judge a straight man who rapes a woman for being heterosexual, right? There are criminals of all sexual orientations, but the mere fact of having a different sexual orientation doesnt turn you into a criminal. The same bias against homosexuals was told not long ago. Being a pedophile is not the same as being a criminal. Shame on you that perpetuate this myth.