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Report: abuse in Belgium led to suicides

posted by jmcgee

This news is heartbreaking — and horrifying:

Hundreds of sex abuse victims have come forward in Belgium with harrowing accounts of molestation by Catholic clergy that reportedly led to at least 13 suicides and affected children as young as two, an independent Belgian commission said Friday.

Professor Peter Adriaenssens, chairman of the commission, said the abuse in Belgium may have been even more rampant than the 200-page report suggests, because his panel’s work was interrupted and all its files seized in a June 24 raid by Belgian judicial authorities who are conducting their own probe.

Adriaenssens, a child psychiatrist who has worked with trauma victims for 23 years, said nothing had prepared him for the stories of abuse that blighted the lives of victims. He called the report’s findings “a body blow” to the Roman Catholic Church in Belgium.
Belgian church authorities said they would react on Monday to the report. The Vatican had no immediate comment.

There’s more at the link.



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Panthera

posted September 10, 2010 at 12:00 pm


I think it is important that the truth come to light.
At the same time, the battle here with those Catholics who oppose my rights have taught me a valuable lesson: Many in the hierarchy of the Catholic church are true Christians, it is not all as dark and appalling as in Belgium and, as last year showed us, much of the US.
I hope this can be cleared up and the victims helped.



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Rick

posted September 10, 2010 at 3:36 pm


I’ve been working to be more diligent about fasting and abstaining on Fridays. The Pope urged the Irish to offer up their penances for the victims of abuse. I needed this reminder today since it’s Friday and I really want to snack.



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pagansister

posted September 12, 2010 at 3:27 pm


It seems that there was no country spared the abuse some of those in the priesthood chose to perpetrate on children. Everything should be done to punish the guilty and help the victims.



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Andre John

posted September 16, 2010 at 12:19 am


In My Humble Opinion,
it was all over the world, that these perverts who are demons/wolves in sheeps’ clothing had infiltrated the church who are responsible and should be punished.
Let us focus on the present, not the past sins, and by what i see in the news, the church is very much doing what it can now to correct what they have done wrong and hope it will never happen ever again.
Let us pray that G=D’s justice will prevail in the end.
Hate the sins, let G=D punish the sinners, let us comfort the victims.
May G=D have mercy on us all and on the whole troubled world.
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Andre John

posted September 17, 2010 at 10:14 pm


now we can never look at the national symbol of Belgium,
the Mannequin Pis – please cover up that statue!!!
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