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Friday, April 23, 2010

At what point does it become a crime against humanity?

The New York Times is reporting ( that "[t]he longest-serving bishop in Belgium resigned Friday after admitting to sexually abusing “a young man in my close entourage” many years ago, becoming the latest cleric to quit in a spreading abuse scandal."

And what is the Church's response?

Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard said:

“We are aware of the crisis of confidence his resignation will set in motion,” Archbishop Léonard said. But he stressed that the Catholic Church in Belgium was determined to “turn over a leaf from a not-very-distant past when such matters would pass in silence or be concealed.”
It seems the church is more concerned with public relations than with the harm to these children. There should have been an unqualified apology and not some self-serving statement about how much better the Church is in not concealing these crimes.

Was this artist trying to tell us something?

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