The Catholic Church’s “Year of the Priest” ends with police raid

ONE THING’S FOR SURE: It’s a hell of a way to end the Vatican’s “Year of the Priest.” Police vans, German shepherds, uniformed officers – the bust looked like any of a number of raids on Belgian pedophile rings in recent years, except this time the target wasn’t a notorious child porn smuggler or another corrupt politician. Instead, it was the headquarters of the Belgian Catholic Church itself. 

Yesterday, police agents armed with warrants entered the offices of the archdiocese of Mechelen-Brussels and of Cardinal Godfried Danneels, seizing documents and computers. They not only searched the cathedral crypt but actually drilled holes into the tombs of two past archbishops and inserted miniature cameras to search for hidden evidence. Several bishops were meeting with a Vatican envoy at the time of the raid. They were detained on the premises for several hours and their mobile phones were confiscated…



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