Posts Tagged ‘Belgian’

Belgian Catholics sign manifesto for lay-led Sunday services

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

A severe priest shortage and a lack of priestly vocations has seen thousands of Belgian Catholics sign a manifesto urging their bishops to let lay people lead Sunday services. “It’s time for the Church to open its functions to people who are not only celibate men,”  Mark Deweerdt, a layman among the 12 priests and Read more

Belgian Bishop’s TV confession “inappropriate and shocking”

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard, the head of the Catholic Church in Belgium, described former-Bishop Roger Vangheluwe’s TV confession that he had sexually abused two of his nephews as “inappropriate and shocking”. During the interview Vangheluwe described the abuse with one of his nephews as “a kind of game”. Disturbed by Vangheluwe’s detached and vacant tone, Archbishop Leonard said “He should not Read more

Pedophile Bishop disappears from monastery

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Pedophile Bishop, Roger Vangheluwe has left the French monastery where the Vatican had banished him. The head of the Brotherhood of Jerusalem, Mont-Saint Michel monastery said Vangheluwe had indicated on Saturday that he would leave shortly but could not say where he was going. Vangheluwe, who resigned a year ago as bishop of Bruges after Read more