Last week, police raided the home of a retired bishop, opened the grave of at least one archbishop and detained Belgium’s nine current serving bishops as they met, seizing their mobile phones and only releasing them after nine hours.
Pope Benedict described the raids by officers investigating abuse claims as “surprising and deplorable” and demanded that the church be allowed a role in inquiries into child molesters in its ranks.
In a message to the head of the Belgian bishops’ conference, Monsignor André-Joseph Léonard, the pontiff condemned the raids and offered his support to the bishops “in this sad moment”.
Although I am no longer a Catholic, it pains me to see the church dragged through the gutter by the people who are supposed to represent it as its “finest.”
The pope and hierarchy have NO ONE to blame but themselves. If they had been doing their jobs over the past two decades since the holy water hit the fan, they would not have to deal with this now. It is impossible to keep secrets these days, and if the Church wasn’t run by a bunch of old men who were born in the first half of the last century, there would be far fewer of them attempted.
And although I am no longer a police officer, I applaud those in Belgium and elsewhere who are doing their jobs — even though many may find it extremely difficult in the face of their own faith.