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Cardinal Godfried Danneels (CNS photo/Francois Lenoir, Reuters)

Belgium’s crisis of faith

Its Church is dogged by empty pews, scandals and a hierarchy beguiled by the latest social trends. Soon it could become little more than a heritage agency for ancient churches

Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard of Mechelen-Brussels (Photo: CNS)

The bishop was speaking after the latest court ruling in a series of scandals over abuse

Belgian lawyers Walter Van Steenbrugge and Christine Mussche arrive at a press conference in Ghent yesterday (CNS photo/Eric Vidal, Reuters)

Belgian bishops have agreed to compensate victims even if the statute of limitations has run out

Archbishop Léonard pauses at a news conference earlier this year (CNS photo/Francois Lenoir, Reuters)

Archbishop Léonard tells commission that payments could also be demanded by unhappy children of same-sex parents

A photograph of Cardinal Godfried Danneels at St Rombouts Cathedral in Mechlin  (Photo: PA)

Police must return all documents seized during a raid on Church headquarters in June