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