August 31, 2010 |
The former head of Belgium's Roman Catholic Church acknowledged Monday that he was wrong to have urged a sexual abuse victim to stay quiet until after the bishop who repeatedly molested him over a span of 13 years could retire. The statement by Cardinal Godfried Danneels came after transcripts of secret tapes of a meeting between him and the now-grown victim were published over the weekend in two newspapers, causing an outcry in this predominantly Roman Catholic country. "The whole approach … was not the right one," Danneels' spokesman, Toon Osaer, told the Associated Press on Monday.
November 26, 1985
Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels told a synod of Roman Catholic bishops at the Vatican that the findings of the Second Vatican Council remain completely valid. "It is impossible to regress," he said in a keynote address at the synod, called by Pope John Paul II to review the reforms adopted by Vatican II 20 years ago. Other speakers discussed what they saw as negative aspects of the reforms.
September 4, 1989
Three of the four Roman Catholic cardinals who signed an agreement with Jewish leaders to move a Carmelite convent away from the Auschwitz death camp in Poland said the pact must be carried out. In a statement issued in Paris, the three clerics said that Cardinal Jozef Glemp, the primate of Poland, "could only have been speaking for himself"--not for the church--in suggesting a renegotiation of the accord.
October 16, 1989
Second Generation, Los Angeles, the largest organization of sons and daughters of Jewish Holocaust survivors in the United States, is committed to perpetuating the authentic memory of the Holocaust. We commend the many Jewish and Catholic organizations and leaders around the world who have worked to bring the controversy surrounding the presence of a Carmelite convent at Auschwitz to an end.
May 9, 1996 |
Belgian Cardinal Leon-Joseph Suenens, who helped modernize the Roman Catholic Church in the 1960s, has died. He was 91. Suenens, who died Monday of a stroke, was one of four cardinals appointed to oversee the debate about the direction of the Catholic Church that raged during the Second Vatican Council of 1962 to 1965.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 2001
Re "Cardinal Faults Vatican for Lack of Free Speech," May 24: I am hopeful that Cardinal Godfried Danneels will be the first of many within the Roman Catholic Church to spearhead the Vatican's much-needed reform. As a product of 13 years of parochial schooling, your article gave me hope. Every day I am reminded of the monstrous challenges of people in this world. Don't the church's leaders know that many in sub-Saharan Africa are dying of a disease called AIDS? Don't they know that the world is faced with overpopulation and, given the church's huge following, that they act almost negligently by not advocating birth control?