Belgian Cardinal Tells Victim to Keep Quiet

Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels has been caught on tape urging a victim of sexual abuse to keep quiet about abuse he suffered from his uncle a Belgian bishop until the bishop retired.
“The bishop will resign next year, so actually it would be better for you to wait, the cardinal told the victim. “I don’t think you’d do yourself or him a favor by shouting this from the rooftops.”
Before his retirement, Danneels was a leading church figure whom some considered papabile or pope material. Danneels was an influential cardinal in the Church for the past 40 years and has been investigated for the cover-up of sexual abuse by Catholic priests in Belgium.
The abuse victim had been abused by his uncle Bishop Robert Vangeluwe for 13 years from the time he was 5 until he was 18 years old.
According to the NY Times,
“The fact of the April meeting had been reported by The International Herald Tribune and The New York Times in July after an interview with the victim, who said he had sought to alert the church about the molestation by his uncle for many years. He did not mention then that he had made a tape of that meeting and another one of another meeting.
The tapes, which were published on Saturday in the Flemish dailies De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad, display the tactics the church used to try to hush up the scandal and placate the victim by appealing to his feelings for his family and the larger church. ”