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Belgian cardinal quizzed over sex abuse

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Belgian cardinal quizzed over sex abuse


The former head of Belgium’s Catholic Church has been questioned by police over allegations that he failed to prevent a priest from sexually abusing young children.

But Cardinal Godfried Danneels denies he knew anything about the cases being investigated.

A Church commission to monitor sexual abuse complaints was disbanded last week after police seized all its files.

Although Pope Benedict called the raids “deplorable”, the government defended them, saying the church was too slow to investigate the allegations.

The raids were another blow to the Belgian Catholic Church, still reeling from the resignation of the Bishop of Bruges Roger Vangheluwe in April.

Vangheluwe quit after he admitted molesting children, becoming the first European bishop to resign for committing acts of sexual abuse.

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