April 23rd, 2010
12:14 PM ET

Belgian bishop resigns after admitting sexual abuse

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.

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  1. Pocahontas

    Okay. Now ithat he's confessed to this despicable crime, he should now be arrested for abusing this child. Resignation is not enough.

    April 23, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Susan Bailey

    He wants to be left in peace??? How dare he. He ruined a child's life and now wants to be left alone. I don't think so. He should be hung in the town square. These abusive priests make me sick.

    April 23, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. IrishWit

    So now "some other grave reason" includes the rape of a child...this religion is SICK

    April 23, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Maximas

    Ok now arrest him and charge him and put him away from society!

    April 23, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. YouHaveGotToBeKidding

    He 'wants to be left in peace'? I expect the boy he abused wanted to be left in peace as well. It's time for the police, resignation is not enough.

    April 23, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. moto

    Now he just wants to be left in peace? How peaceful a life will this abused child be capable of living after damage caused by this robed pedophile?

    April 23, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ray Whitener

    I want to hear what the Archdiocese of LA has to say about this? He has the right to comment on Arizona's Immigration problems, so he should be able to comment on what is going on inside his own house.

    April 23, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. simplefact

    It's obvious that religions don't & can't exist without the subjugation of self AND others! Unless these religious folks get their ostrich heads out of their religious hole, they will see the "subjugation of others" as their rights! Until then, talking to them is like talking to an institution of rapists about whether it were a rape! You'd better believe it – they do have a point!

    I'd not like to see Islam become the dominant religion in the U.S. not because I hate Islam, but because the "subjugation of others" under today's Islam is even more despicable than today's CC!

    Sexual abuses in religious institutions have occurred over centuries & millenniums! What make we think we can end it today? Let's not fool ourselves. We won't. 🙁

    IF the almighty exists, there is no need to worship him/her/it, unless s/he/it has an ego. Hence, religions are for obsequiousness, not humbleness!

    You can do good deeds without religion. Using it (+ tradition/morality crap) as justification is lame! 🙁

    We need to get our head out of the religious hole. Religions are subjugation of self AND others. No more; no less. Why did Romney (from MA) get 90% of the Utah's primary votes in 2008? Do our value systems differ that much based on religious affiliation? Or is it a subtle form of subjugation of others? Why did Catholics & Protestants beat the crap out of each other in Ireland not too long ago - class struggle is BS. Religions can't transcend social classes?

    Why continue to prolong or support the subjugation of others?

    April 23, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bdetermined

    I hope people in the catholic faith are starting to wake up to the kind of leadership they have.
    Some where someone is being released from prison for child abuse and they're being told they can't come near children, yet these pedophile priest get a pass go.

    April 23, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Nogodscanuck

    Canon law is equal to mafia law.
    I agree with the first three comments

    April 23, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sick of it

    Surprising? Not really! Another Pedophile hidden behind the altar, possibly transfered to different churche communities during his "career", since that's how the church was dealing with problems like this for decades. All i know is, if anybody ever laid hands on my child...i wouldn't need a judge to decide the punishment.....

    April 23, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. LEY

    Why don't these perverts ever go-to jail? Okay he lied to his god and he wil resign in shame-but he also broke the law and raped a child throw him in jail and let him get molested.

    April 23, 2010 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. stp

    How dare he indicate that he wants to be "left in peace?" He lost the right to demand anything. Prison, castration and hell are all he deserves.

    April 24, 2010 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  14. adamt

    So much for all of that great stuff those ugly Belgian b-tches were saying about him the whole time...nope...for years nobody was allowed to say anything bad about that guy...and anybody who did was treated like a rotten little boy or dirty tramp.

    September 22, 2010 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |