Church says: Oh come on let us off, the law doesn’t apply to the Church, especially where kids are concerned!

I would hope that if some organisation had serious sex accusations levelled against it(enough to justify a search warrant) that the authorities would go ahead and investigate. Pope thinks otherwise:

In a message to Belgian bishops, the pope expressed solidarity “in this moment of sadness”.

Several buildings were searched in raids targeting a retired archbishop and the graves of two prelates.

Belgium’s justice minister has responded to the criticism robustly, saying normal procedures were followed.

Stefaan De Clerck defended the police action, in a series of TV interviews on Sunday, and said the investigation was legitimate.

Prosecutors said the action concerned alleged “abuse of minors committed by a certain number of Church figures”.

Police in Leuven, central Belgium, on Thursday seized nearly 500 files and a computer from the offices of a Church commission investigating allegations of sex abuse.

So what would the Pope have had them the police do then? Warn the Church beforehand so they can hide their semen-stained frocks? Trust the Church to sort it out(yeah…that’s worked so well in the past)? Or is it that they think accusations of child abuse really aren’t all that serious?

The authorities have historically been very lenient on the Church and their kiddie fiddling priests. In reality many of these child abuse cases should have seen imprisonment terms and criminal charges, rather than monetary settlements out of court.

On Saturday Vatican officials compared the raids and investigation into allegations of child sex abuse with the treatment of the Church under communist rule.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State, described the detention of priests “serious and unbelievable”.

“There are no precedents, not even under the old communist regimes,” he said.

via BBC News.

Yet another Vatican priest who appears to be high on his own supply. Belgium authorities had to obtain a warrant(i.e. show ’cause’) and their conduct is subject to a wide array of legislative safeguards. What safeguards has the Pope put in place to guard the conduct of his own priests?

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