Monday, October 17, 2016

Belgian cardinal-designate faces questions about appointing priest convicted of abuse

Image result for Archbishop Jozef de KeselArchbishop Jozef de Kesel of Brussels, who has been named by Pope Francis to be elevated to the College of Cardinals, is facing renewed criticism because of his decision to appoint a convicted child molester to a post as a parish priest.

In 2014, while serving as Bishop Bruges, the Belgian prelate appointed Father Tom Flamez, who had been found guilty of molesting a teenager in 2008, to become pastor of a parish in Middelkerke. 

The bishop said that Father Flamez deserved a second chance, and carried through with the appointment despite a public protest from the town’s mayor.

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