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The Belgian flag flies outside the Belgian federal parliament in Brussels. Some politicians have been demanding that the Church should be stripped of public funding unless it allowed euthanasia on its premises (Photo: AP)

Family of elderly cancer sufferer are suing the care home for not allowing a doctor to administer a lethal injection on its premises

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