The Belgian Police have started raiding Catholic Church Offices investigating child abuse.
Pope Benedict has attacked the Belgian Police in a message of support to the Bishops of Belgium;
"I want to express, dear brother in the Episcopate, as well as to all the Bishops of Belgium, my closeness and solidarity in this moment of sadness, in which, with certain surprising and deplorable methods, searches were carried out."So, yet again we see the Pope preferring to cover up the child abuse within the Catholic Church rather than helping the appropriate authorities sort it out and eradicate this awful abuse.
Police in Leuven, central Belgium, last Thursday seized nearly 500 files and a computer from the offices of a Church commission during their investigation of allegations of sex abuse.
They also searched the Church's headquarters and the Brussels archdiocese in Mechelen, north of the Belgian capital.
The Belgian Justice Minister, Stefaan De Clerck has defended the police action, in a series of TV interviews on Sunday, and said the investigation was legitimate.
"The bishops were treated completely normally during the raid on the archdiocese and it is false to say that they received no food or drink,".Mr De Clerck said the Vatican's reaction had been excessive as it was based on false information.
Prosecutors said the action concerned alleged "abuse of minors committed by a certain number of Church figures".
It is a great shame that Pope Benedict instead of attacking the Police isn't urging the Belgian Bishops to assist the Police so their investigation can be swift rooting out the perpetrators of the child abuse so the Catholic Church can then move on.
Standing in the way of the Police is just proving once again how out of touch Pope Benedict is with the public and others on the awful situation.