A raid today in Belgium:
Police raided Belgium's Catholic Church HQ 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.
...came as the Vatican's ambassador to Belgium attended a meeting with bishops...
...the action, involving about 30 officers and investigators, followed a string of accusations "denouncing abuse of minors committed by a certain number of Church figures."
Armed police with dogs sealed off the palace of the archbishop of Mechelen...
A spokesman for the man who led Belgium's Catholic Church for two decades until the turn of the year, Godfried Danneels, said police confiscated a computer from the archbishop's home before he was escorted to the archdiocese.
Godfried Danneels (source)
Some 450 submissions to a special independent commission set up in eastern Louvain to examine complaints received of child abuse in the past were also taken by officers in a related swoop.
Belgian media reported that documents held by the commission were supposed to have been passed over "discreetly" to justice officials, but that clearly that had not yet been done as expected.
The Roman Catholic Church in Belgium has endured some of the worst of the worldwide paedophilia scandal to beset the Vatican, having been rocked in April when its longest-serving bishop, 73-year-old Roger Vangheluwe, resigned from his Bruges post after admitting sexually abusing a boy for years.
Roger Vangheluwe (source)
According to retired priest Dirk Deville, hundreds of cases of sexual abuse had been signalled to Danneels going back to the 1990s, but Danneels himself recently denied being involved in any cover-up.
"I cannot recall such a conversation and it would astonish me if I had paid no attention to such a message or had forgotten it," Danneels said. "I never made the slightest attempt to cover up the abuses of Bishop Roger Vangheluwe in a cloak of secrecy," the former Belgian primate insisted.
A victim of a paedophile priest in French-speaking Wallonia has also accused Danneels' successor as the leader of Belgium's Catholics, Andre-Joseph Leonard, of covering up an abuser and keeping him for five years at his post.
Andre Joseph Leonard (source)
"We did as much as we could at the time, removing the priest involved from all of the pastoral functions that would have put him in contact with children," Leonard's spokesman Eric De Beukelaer recently maintained.
Leonard has vowed a zero-tolerance approach to the issue since taking over as archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels.
Some additional details so far...
Godfried Danneels was himself "escorted" to the site by investigators. (source)
Officers were tapping on boards and looking for hidden spaces. (source)
I noticed in reading the latest Half Past Human report, a reference to the Jesuits. We have written about the Jesuits at various times this past year.
From page 5 of the report (purchase at HPH):
...[revenge assassinations] will be taking place over the latter third of 2010 and throughout most of 2011....pointers for a [wave of assassinations] whose target will be [jesuits] and other [jewish/zionist minions] of the [church (of the sorcerers -- aka roman catholic papists)].
Just saying. It's *entirely* possible that when people realize the level of child abuse and ritual sacrifice going on, and who is involved, and so forth and so on, well....
We'll see about that zero tolerance.