Pope faces protests on visit to Britain, Belgian Catholic clergy abuse report

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Pope faces protests and apathy on visit to Britain – Survey reveals that 77% of people questioned felt taxpayer should not contribute to cost of pontiff’s trip – Sam Jones, Riazat Butt, Stephen Bates and Kaamil Ahmed  10 September 2010 When Benedict XVI lands at Edinburgh airport on Thursday, he is unlikely to get the rapturous reception that greeted John Paul II on his visit to Britain in 1982.
Over the coming days, the pope will be faced with protesters demanding action on clerical sexual abuse of children and voicing anger at the £20m cost of the state visit, and must also contend with public apathy.
A recent survey revealed 77% of people questioned felt the taxpayer should not contribute to the cost of the visit, with 79% saying they had “no personal interest” in the pontifical trip.

Church abuse in Belgium detailed by Adriaenssens report Harrowing details of alleged sexual abuse of minors by Roman Catholic clergy in Belgium have been released by an official Church investigator.

Belgian child abuse report exposes Catholic clergy – Paedophilia expert unveils harrowing testimony and documents cases in almost every diocese    Ian Traynor in Brussels guardian.co.uk, Friday 10 September 2010 Some of the most damning evidence of systematic child abuse by the Roman Catholic clergy to come to light was unveiled today by Belgium’s leading authority on paedophilia, who published hundreds of pages of harrowing victim testimony detailing their traumas and suffering.
The explosive report by Peter Adriaenssens in the town of Louvain, east of Brussels, lists evidence of 476 instances of child abuse by priests and bishops going back 50 years.

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Priest sex abuse linked to 13 suicides in Belgium Virginia Mayo / AP File  Friday, Sept. 10, 2010 BRUSSELS — Hundreds of sex abuse victims have come forward in Belgium with harrowing accounts of molestation by Catholic clergy that reportedly led to at least 13 suicides and affected children as young as two, a special commission said Friday….Adriaenssens, a child psychiatrist who has worked with trauma victims for 23 years, said nothing had prepared him for the stories of abuse that blighted the lives of victims.
“We don’t just talk about touching. We are talking about oral and anal abuse, forced masturbation and mutual masturbation. We talk about people who have gone through serious abuse,” Adriaenssens said. Most of the abuse happened during the 1960s and 1970s, he said.

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