BELGIUM: 8 PRIESTS CHARGED WITH PEADOPHILIA REDUCED TO LAY STATUS ” “

The Belgian priests that have been reduced to lay status by the Vatican in the last few years for allegedly committing sex abuse are eight. That was confirmed to SIR by the spokesman of the Belgian Bishops Conference, father Tommy Scholtes, who explains: "When father Lombardi said that 394 priests had been reduced to lay status by Pope Benedict XVI, the press in Belgium asked me how many Belgian priests were in such group. So, we made some calculations with the bishops and superiors and came up with a figure of 7 diocesan priests and one religious priest, which is a total of 8". "By revoking their priestly consecration – father Scholtes went on to explain –, they are back to being just ordinary citizens". The Belgian Catholic Church points out that, however, the involved priests had no office within the Church any more and received no wages. "The news – the spokesman of the Belgian bishops added – was received with satisfaction, even if there’s someone who points out that there are more, and there are rumours above all about the former bishop of Bruges, Roger Vangheluwe, who is not included in the list". (continued)” “

© Riproduzione Riservata

Quotidiano

Quotidiano - Italiano

Informativa sulla Privacy