Vatican anger over Belgium raids
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Added: Mon, 28 Jun 2010 14:59:05 UTC
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The Vatican has said it is indignant and astonished at police searches of the graves of two cardinals during Belgian investigations over child sex abuse.
Police on Thursday raided the headquarters of Belgium's Roman Catholic church, several buildings of the Mechelen-Brussels archdiocese and the offices of a church commission investigating abuse claims.
The search included the crypt in Mechelen cathedral, with investigators making holes in the tombs of two former Belgian primates and sending down cameras in search of hidden documents, without success, according to a church spokesman.
In a statement on Friday, the Vatican voiced "astonishment over how the searches were carried out yesterday by Belgian judicial authorities and its indignation over the violation of the graves of the Cardinals Jozef-Ernest Van Roey and Leon-Joseph Suenens".
Prosecutors in Brussels said that the action, involving dozens of officers and investigators, followed a string of accusations "denouncing abuse of minors committed by a certain number of church figures".
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