It recently came to light that no Catholic church in Belgium was safe for children with every church having at least one child rapist on the dole. In fact, 13 children had commited suicide with six others attempting to commit suicide. To say that people were upset is an understatement.
The church has reponded by stating that the reason they haven’t really apologized is because they’re more concerned with keeping their money than with doing the right thing:
Questioned about [the lack of an apology], Bishop Guy Harpigny, who speaks for the Belgian bishops on abuse issues and who also attended Monday’s news conference in Brussels, said the church had missed an opportunity.
“The news conference yesterday was a missed chance for a ‘mea culpa,’ ” Bishop Harpigny told Belgium’s Radio 1. “Maybe the church was too concerned with itself. If we say ‘mea culpa,’ then we are morally responsible, legally responsible, and then people come wanting money.
“We are afraid. Who will ask — the victims, the court or someone else? That’s why we are so careful.”
I have to say that’s the first time I’ve heard one of them openly admit that they’d rather protect their money than even attempt to do right by the victims.