Skip to comments.Belgian cardinal urged victim to delay sex abuse statement
Posted on 08/29/2010 2:27:24 AM PDT by Cardhu
(Reuters) - The former head of Belgium's Catholic Church suggested to a sexual abuse victim it would be better to delay a public statement on the case until the bishop involved resigned in 2011, a Church spokesman said on Saturday.
Jurgen Mettepenningen confirmed transcripts in Belgium's De Standaard newspaper of a meeting Roman Catholic Cardinal Godfried Danneels held with Bishop Roger Vangheluwe and a sexual abuse victim of the bishop in April 2010.
"It is true this meeting and conversation took place, and that the transcript is correct," Mettepenningen told Reuters.
Danneels's spokesman Toon Osaer told Reuters the cardinal had not covered up anything and had openly spoken about the April 2010 meeting following Vangheluwe's resignation two weeks after the conversation took place.
In the transcripts, published in De Standaard on Saturday, Danneels suggested the victim should make no public statement about the abuse until Vangheluwe retired the following year.
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You will find no defense of this Cardinal from orthodox Catholics. Never forget he was the darling of the secular press and liberal Catholics.