September 11th, 2010
06:38 PM ET

Catholic Church in Belgium details widespread sexual abuse

(CNN) - The Catholic Church in Belgium released an independent report Friday detailing hundreds of assertions of sexual abuse of children by clergy and others working for the church from the 1950s into the late 1980s.

"We can say that not a single congregation escaped sexual abuse of minors by one or more of its members," said the Commission on Church-Related Sexual Abuse Complaints, which was led by Dr. Peter Ariaenssens, who is both a church investigator and psychiatrist.

The commission said it received about 500 reports from alleged victims, about 60 percent of them from males.

It cited 320 alleged abusers, of whom 102 were known to have been clergy members from 29 congregations.

Thirteen of the alleged victims committed suicide, it said.

Read the full story here.

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. Lynn

    @Kate and CatholicMom
    Thanks Ladies for your kind words and wishes. I certainly appreciate the support you both have shown. CatholicMom, yes I am older then dirt,lol. I am still lovin life and taking the good with the bad. For who knows what we can do when we can step above the bad and paint over it with a rainbow. Congrats to you also, having a life long partner is one of Gods greatest blessings to us, and the wonderful Grandkids. I wish you a happy 49 years and counting!
    By the way Peace 2all...your a very nice beacon in a dark storm! I am certain I can agree with the ladies here, although they know you much better then I. I did enjoy our short exchange, and you shall be on my happy to have meant you list, along with
    Kate and CatholicMom! John Quest,(a gentleman and most delightful person as well.)Warm wishes to everyone 🙂

    September 15, 2010 at 4:22 pm |
  2. JohnQuest

    CatholicMom and Kate, thank you both, that was a very funny exchange, you guys sounded lake a couple non believers, for a moment I thought we had a couple of converts.

    September 15, 2010 at 2:08 pm |
    • Kate


      Onoes! David Johnson would be turning in his grave!

      Which reminds me – do atheists have graves? I mean, graveyards are holy places ... (srsly!)

      Just wonderin'

      September 15, 2010 at 2:45 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Now you have me wonderin' about atheists and their burials, graves....and such....

      September 15, 2010 at 11:04 pm |
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