Belgian bishop Roger Joseph Vangheluwe has resigned after admitting to sexually abusing a child, a spokesman for the Brussels bishop said Friday.
Vangheluwe abused a boy over a period of several years in Bruges, Belgium, said Eric de Beukelaer, the spokesman. The archbishop of Brussels and other church officials briefed reporters about the resignation on Friday. They said Vangheluwe declined interview request and that he wants to be left in peace.
In accepting the resignation, the Vatican cited a section of canon law that allows clergy to resign "because of illness or some other grave reason" or if they have "become unsuited for the fulfillment of his office."
The Catholic Church across Europe has been reeling from accusations of sexual abuse by clergy members and several bishops have resigned.