Pope Benedict XVI finds police raids of several buildings in Leuven, Belgium, "Deplorable" over concerns of alleged "abuse of minors committed by a certain number of Church figures."
"I want to express, dear brother in the Episcopate, as well as to all the Bishops of Belgium, my closeness and solidarity in this moment of sadness, in which, with certain surprising and deplorable methods, searches were carried out."
"I hope that justice will follow its course while guaranteeing the rights of individuals and institutions, respecting the rights of victims, (and) acknowledging those who undertake to collaborate with it," Pope Benedict said in support to Brussels Archbishop Andre Joseph Leonard.
However Belgium's defense minister, Stefaan De Clerck, defended the police actions saying that the bishops were treated normally during the raid on the archdiocese and denied accusations that the bishops were deprived of food and drinks.
Do you know what I find deplorable? It's defending child molesters since molestations by the clergy is not new to the public. I don't get it why the Pope needs to be defensive. We are very much aware of it, and this kind of reaction from the Church won't calm public scrutiny. The children's safety should always be the only concern on everybody's mind, including the Church. The Pope should have just let justice take its course because nobody is above the Law.
"The world moves according to God's plans." - Who hasn't heard this fundamentalist cliché yet? Now tell me if these child abuses are still part of that plan. Well the Pope's defense is a part of that plan. How about the victims of that plan who happen to be minors as young as FOUR? Another part of the plan? However, I still don't see why anyone should blame God for the Church's screw-up.