Belgium prosecutors have defended themselves against a furious reaction from the Vatican following police raids on Church property.
Investigators were looking for evidence of sex abuse by Catholic clergy.
The church spoke out as it presented the new Bishop of Bruges. His predecessor resigned in April after admitting sexual abusing a boy.
The Vatican believes the police raids went too far.
Belgium church lawyer, Fernan Kueleneer:
“I want to point out also that of course in the archive of any computers there is also evidently diplomatic correspondence between the archdiocese and the Holy See which normally is protected by diplomatic immunity so it’s pretty serious.”
A Vatican statement talks of “shock” and “indignation”, saying the tombs of two Cardinals were violated in the raids.
Police admit checking one tomb after being told it had recently been worked on.
They also seized computers and the files of an independent church commission into abuse.
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