Belgium’s Godfried Danneels – a liberal paragon and abuse enablerMeanwhile, the Finn case can be compared with that of Cardinal Godfried Danneels, formerly of Brussels, who is among the many bishops in the Catholic Church who have been either formally investigated or credibly accused of covering up years and decades of sexual abuse [Danneels = doofpotter], including serial rape, by priests and even fellow bishops.
For the decades following the Second Vatican Council, Danneels was the leader of the ascending liberal group of European bishops. As the darling of the liberal secular press of Europe, and as archbishop of Mechlin-Brussels, the home of the European Union and the center of much of Europe’s political life, Danneels wielded enormous power in European politics.
Indeed, former high-ranking Belgian politicians have just alleged that his political power and his dissent from Catholic moral teaching extended to petitioning Belgium’s King Baudouin to allow that country’s liberalizing abortion law to be passed in 1990. [Danneels fluisterde Boudewijn in om de abortus-wet toch te tekenen! Merkwaardig dat Fabiola zo per se Danneels wilde hebben op haar begrafenis. Maar, blijkbaar had fabiola minder moeite met abortus.]
Immediately following his retirement in 2010, Danneels, who has also publicly supported same-sex civil unions [Danneels is net zoals zijn paladijn Johan Bonny pro-homo-huwelijk!], was revealed to have actively worked to hide the activities of the now-notorious homosexual abuser, his friend and protégé Roger Vangheluwe [!!!], the former bishop of Bruges. Danneels was caught in a recording telling Vangheluwe’s victim, his nephew, “The bishop will resign next year, so actually it would be better for you to wait.”
The cardinal is heard in the recording warning the victim against trying to blackmail the church and urged him not to drag Vangheluwe’s name “through the mud.” Danneels added that the victim should admit his own guilt and ask forgiveness. [Over de Danneels-tapes.]
After Brussels police had raided the offices of the archdiocese and seized documents and computers as part of an investigation into what was suspected to be decades of cover-ups, Danneels was questioned in court for ten hours about his knowledge and involvement [De ondervraging van Danneels door de onderzoeksrechter die meer dan 10 uur duurde.]. Despite extensive evidence, no charges were laid against the cardinal.
The head of the Brussels’ Church’s own independent commission on cases of clerical sexual abuse and episcopal collusion, Peter Adriaenssens, told media that the cardinal’s name has appeared in 50 of the complaints made by victims before the commission. Adriaenssens said that Danneels was implicated not as an abuser himself, but as someone who knew of the abuse but did nothing to stop it [Danneels wist van het misbruik af, maar deed niets om het te stoppen.]. The police raid occurred just before the closing of the commission’s investigation, halting its progress. Questions remain about the outcome of the commission’s unpublished final findings.