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Belgian abuse probe to continue despite ruling

Belgian abuse probe to continue despite ruling

The government says an investigation into sexual abuse in the Catholic Church can continue even though a June raid on the archdiocese has been ruled illegal.
Belgian Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard welcomed the appeals court ruling calling the raids improper yet said he continues to support any judicial inquiry into sex abuse by clergy that respects the legal rules.
During the June 24 raid, authorities seized hundreds of case files from a church and used power tools to open a prelate's crypt in Mechlin's St. Rumbold Cathedral. The court considered the raids excessive.
The former head of Belgium's Roman Catholic Church acknowledged Wednesday that damage often control took precedence of the concern for the victim in sexual abuse cases involving clergy.


Updated : 2021-04-14 15:41 GMT+08:00