"... In Belgium, today, police searched the residence of the Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels and the crypt of the Archbishop’s cathedral in Mechelen. They were looking for evidence of cover-ups in the ongoing investigation into widespread pedophilia practices within the Belgian church in the decades during which Cardinal Godfried Danneels was Archbishop. Danneels retired in January of this year.
Police also confiscated 450 files containing reports of pedophile offences by members of the clergy, that had been submitted to an investigation committee which was established within the church to deal with pedophilia cases.
Since the revelation in April that Cardinal Danneels’s close friend and collaborator, Mgr Roger Vangheluwe, the Bishop of Bruges, had been a practicing pedophile throughout, and even before, his career as a bishop, victims have gained confidence that they will be taken seriously, and complaints have been pouring in, both to the courts and to the extra-judicial investigation committee of the archdiocese. The new archbishop Mgr. André-Joseph Léonard, has urged victims to take their case to the courts.
His predecessor, the liberal Cardinal Danneels, who was very popular with the press in Belgium and abroad, was Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels and Primate of Belgium from 1979 until 2010. The sympathy for pedophile attitudes and arguments among the Belgian bishops during this period was no secret, especially since 1997 when the fierce controversy about the catechism textbook Roeach made the headlines. The editors of Roeach were Prof. Jef Bulckens of the Catholic University of Leuven and Prof. Frans Lefevre of the Seminary of Bruges. The textbook contained a drawing which showed a naked baby girl saying: “Stroking my pussy makes me feel groovy,” “I like to take my knickers off with friends,” “I want to be in the room when mum and dad have sex.” The drawing also shows a naked little boy and girl that are “playing doctor” and the little boy says: “Look, my willy is big.”
The drawing also showed three pairs of parents. Those with the “correct” attitude reply: “Yes, feeling and stroking those little places is good fun.” This “catechism textbook” was used in the catechism lessons in the catholic schools, until one day I discovered it among the schoolbooks of my eldest daughter, then 13 years old. On 3 September 1997 I wrote a letter to Cardinal Danneels, saying:
“When I see this drawing and its message, I get the distinct impression that this catechism textbook is designed intentionally to make 13 and 14 year olds believe that toddlers enjoy genital stimulation. In this way one breeds pedophiles that sincerely believe that children actually think that what they are doing to them is ‘groovy’, while the opposite is the case.”
I told Cardinal Danneels that, although I was a member of Parliament for the Flemish-secessionist party Vlaams Blok, I was addressing him as a Catholic parent “who wishes to remain faithful to the papal authority and also wishes to educate her children this way.” I insisted that he forbid the use of this book in the catechism lessons: “This is why I insist – yes, the days of meekly asking are over – that you forbid the use of this ‘catechism book’ in our children’s classrooms.”
Today this case, that dates from 12 years ago, assumes a new and ominous significance. Especially now that I know that Mgr Roger Vangheluwe, the pedophile child molesting Bishop of Bruges, was the supervising bishop of both institutions – the Catholic University of Leuven and the Seminary of Bruges – whence came the editors in chief of this perverted “catechism” textbook.
Monsignor Vangheluwe not only entertained pedophile ideas, but also practiced them on his 11-year old nephew. Hundreds of children who were not raped physically were molested spiritually during the catechism lessons.
After I started my campaign against the Roeach textbook, many parents contacted me to voice their concerns. Stories of other practices in the Catholic education system poured in. There were schools where children were taught to put condoms over artificial penises and where they had to watch videos showing techniques of masturbation and copulation..."
A couple of months ago, Danneels was succeeded by Mgr. André-Joseph Léonard. You should have read or listened to Belgian press and TV - the new man was all but crucified. Demos against his appointment were staged, the newspapers talked of an inexplicable step back.
The reason? Léonard is a CONSERVATIVE Archbishop.
No, not one of those who'd like to reintroduce Latin during Mass.
But a man of common sense who would not have stood idly by, as his liberal predecessor Danneels did, when Belgium's major parties were, say, happily destroying the institution of marriage. A marriage between a man and woman, to be precisely. Léonard was, and is, a man who would FIGHT for his church, and defend it in the war that is being waged against it for decades now.
Danneels, by contrast, really was the darling of the whorenalists at De Standaard and on the extreme leftist Belgian state-funded TV. Why wouldn't he be? He was happily presiding over the demise of Belgian catholicism, a faith that is totally and completely haram for our moral betters. Small wonder Danneels was their pal.
Today, Cardinal Godfried Danneels is himself under suspicion in the plethora of paedophilia-related scandals that are rocking the Belgian church. Today's newspapers, not without glee, wrote that the judiciary found (slightly) incriminating material on his PC.
I hasten myself to add that the way he is being treated himself now is disgusting. But how ironic is it that the same extreme leftist media which for twenty years were on such good terms with Danneels because of his "progressive" stance, now let him fall like a brick, I would even say descend on him like vultures.
Aside from all the turmoil stands, aloof, the commanding personality of Archbishop Léonard, the despised conservative. Just two or three months back, upon being named the new head of the Belgian Church, he was treated like filth. Today, he seems to be the only major personality NOT among the Belgian clergy which was involved, either in direct paedophilia acts or in machinations to sweep the scandals under the carpet and make the victims shut up.
The new Head of the Belgian Church, Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard. He may very well be the man to put it back on track. His former diocese, Namur, was only one tenth of Belgium. But it contained half of the country's vocations.
This man has got my support... AS LONG as he keeps true to Christian principles and values, and stands up for them. That does not mean that Belgium's catholics can now go on as if nothing happened. The bitter goblet needs to be drunk in full, and everything must come out. Where modernization is needed it should be debated, worked out, and implemented.
But finally, at least here seems to be a man who is not ashamed to be leading the Church of Christ.