Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Police Raid on Belgian Church: Background

Last month, Belgian police raided a Catholic church, confiscated computers and data, and drilled into a couple of tombs because somebody had said that somebody had maybe hidden something in them.

I grew up in a part of America where hating Catholics and Catholicism was considered a great 'Christian' virtue by quite a few people.

As a result, this news from Belgium - I got much of my information from BBC - looked like more of that drearily familiar anti-Catholic sentiment, played out by latter-day Keystone Kops in Belgium.

Looks like the situation is a little more complicated than that.

An article in today's online National Catholic Reporter gives a brief overview of what's happened in Belgium recently, and Belgian culture.

I recommend reading the article.

Belgian Police: Determined to Look Good This Time?

Apparently, the Belgian judicial system blundered in a high-profile sex-abuse case involving a Belgian serial killer, Dutroux, who abused and killed some children in the mid-1990s. He was tried in 2004.

I can see where something like that could be embarrassing.

It's understandable, that the Belgian police probably wouldn't want to seem lax about another alleged case of child abuse.

So they drilled into a couple of tombs in a Catholic church.

There's a little more to it than that. Seems that Belgian culture encouraged people to solve problems and discuss issues in private, behind closed doors. Belgian priests and bishops acted the same way.

So the Belgian police rushed in like gangbusters and carted away 50 computers.

The Belgian police may have had reasons for what they did, other than a sort of psycho-social disorder.

It does look like Belgium is going through a sort of transition from a 'keep things private' way of dealing with issues, to a 'transparency' approach. They may be justified in doing so.

But playing Tomb Raider in a Cathedral's crypt still doesn't feel quite right to me.

Related post:Cultural & historical background of police and Church in Belgium:
A tip of the hat to lukecoppen, on Twitter, for the heads-up on the NCR story.


Brigid said...

Eh? "America where hating Catholics had Catholicism was considered"

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