September 14th, 2010
03:43 PM ET

Belgium church to begin interviews in sex abuse case

(CNN) - Belgian church officials will begin interviews Tuesday in their inquiry into allegations of sexual abuse of children by clergy and others working for the church from the 1950s into the late 1980s.

The interviews are a follow-up to a church-backed investigation that detailed hundreds of assertions of sexual abuse.

It was led by Dr. Peter Adriaenssens, (pictured above) who is both a church investigator and a psychiatrist.

"From the mistakes of the past, we wish to take the necessary lessons," said Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard, the head of the Catholic Church in Belgium, on Monday. "In the interviews that will be conducted from tomorrow, we will consider the relevant reflexions and proposals of Professor Adriaenssens."

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Filed under: Belgium • Catholic Church • Christianity • Europe

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  1. Kay Ebeling, City of Angels Blog

    Posted today "NEW STATS: 10% of Catholic priests were pedophiles and still counting, 20 to 200 times more than general population" at http://cityofangels8.blogspot.com/2010/09/new-stats-10-percent-of-catholic.html Written by, me, a Journalist/Survivor of pedophile priest crime in Los Angeles. After covering this epidemic for four years, I know the Catholic Church is still doing all it can to hide the truth about the crimes.

    September 14, 2010 at 8:59 pm |
    • Reality

      For a more detailed report about

      se-xual a-buse cases in the RCC in the USA, see


      For a more detailed report on the global situation, see:


      For details on se-xual abuse in the Southern Baptist convention, see:


      For details on se-xual a-buse in the Boy Scouts, see:


      For details about se-xual ab-use in Judaism, see:



      For details on se-xual abuse in the Jehovah Witnesses, see:


      For a studies on ped-ophilia in the general population, see


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      September 15, 2010 at 12:17 am |
  2. Kate

    Well now we have an idea of why the Vatican was so incensed and outraged when Belgian police made their raids.

    Ironically, the police raided a couple of crypts at the same time. You'd have thought the Vatican was better at hiding its bodies by now.

    I hope they nail every single one of them to the wall. Then dump this insane idea Ratzinger is protected by diplomatic immunity and prosecute him.

    Just sayin'

    September 14, 2010 at 7:38 pm |
  3. Bob

    Yeah, I really trust that the Church is going to be completely unbiased here. They wouldn't possibly forgo the proper channels to protect themselves. I mean, they haven't done it before.

    How about having the POLICE investigate the claims. Hmmm, what about that?

    September 14, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  4. Reality

    Why? Simply admit Christianity is a con job perpetuated by the likes of B-16 and close down Catholicism and all the associated religions.

    The life of Jesus is a vision that Paul is referring to when he says that "if Jesus is not risen, then all our work is in vain." Well, the concensus of most modern NT exegetes is that said simple, preacher man did not rise from the dead so bottom line it is time to admit to the fraud and to return our money.

    The names of some modern NT exegetes Professors Crossan, Borg, Funk, Vermes, Pagels, Meyer, Mack, Doherty, Ehrman, Eisenman, Fredriksen, Ludemann, Macoby, Meier, Sanders, Freke and Gandy, Horsley, Johnson, Wright, Strauss, Reimarus, Holtzmann, Bultmann, Kasemann, Robinson and Schweitzer. Throw in Thomas Jefferson for a not-so modern NT exegete.

    September 14, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  5. peace2all


    DO something about it..... Please....!


    September 14, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
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