Belgian police raid archbishop's palace

25th June 2010, Comments 0 comments


Belgian police raided palace of the archbishop of Mechelen Mechlin on Thursday and seized computer files at the home of its top cardinal over the last 20 years amid fresh accusations of child sex abuse by priests.

The latest blow to the Roman Catholic Church came as the Vatican's ambassador to Belgium met with bishops, weeks after Pope Benedict XVI begged forgiveness from victims of paedophile priests.

A spokesman for Godfried Danneels, the man who led Belgium's Catholic Church for two decades until the turn of the year, said police confiscated a computer from the archbishop's home before he was escorted to the archdiocese.

Hundreds of documents belonging to a special commission, the Adriaenssens commission, set up to receive complaints of past child abuse cases were confiscated.

Child psychiatrist Peter Adriaenssens who heads the commission complained to journalists that the privacy of the victims has been violated.

The Roman Catholic Church in Belgium has endured some of the worst of the worldwide paedophilia scandal to beset the Vatican. In April, its longest-serving bishop, 73-year-old Roger Vangheluwe, resigned from his Bruges post after admitting sexually abusing a boy for years.

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