One of the things that has puzzled me with the Catholic abuse scandals around the world has been the Vatican’s determination to keep everything under wraps . I felt the Catholic church was trying to hide something even worse than the sexual abuse committed by the priests .
We may now be getting a glimpse of what the Vatican was fearful of being discovered . In Belgium, Het Laaste Niews has reported that one of the accused Cardinals, Godfried Daneels had in his possession unrevealed documents relating to the Marc Dutroux case . In a raid on his home, police discovered dozens of photographs of the victims corpses, ruins of the cells where Dutroux kept his victims and magistrate reports .
How the Cardinal obtained these documents which were supposed to be in official hands is unclear . Marc Dutroux claimed that he was part of a pan European paedophile ring involving men in senior positions and this was ignored by the Belgian authorities but it could be that the Catholic abuses in Belgium are somehow tied to this ring .
I praise the Belgian police brave enough to investigate this and I hope this time they are willing to investigate the wider picture .
I’m not sure how Pope Benedict and the Vatican will get out of this one but they will probably resort to the normal response that they are being persecuted by the Devil . It is not the Devil behind these revelations but it comes from the highest power of all . Expect more to be revealed .