I’m not going to say anything about the methods the Belgian authorities have used, because I don’t know anything about due process in that country. (Though I did notice that that Belgian police carry big machine guns, at least when I’ve been there.)
Anyway, the Vatican has it’s shorts in a twist because civilian police have, apparently, treated church property and priests as non-sacred.
Police in Leuven seized nearly 500 files and a computer from the offices of a Church commission investigating allegations of sex abuse.
They also searched the Church’s headquarters, the Brussels archdiocese in Mechelen, north of the Belgian capital.
Prosecutors have said the raids were over alleged “abuse of minors committed by a certain number of Church figures”.
On Friday, the Vatican voiced “astonishment” at how the raids have been carried out, saying police had drilled holes in two archbishops’ tombs.
Drilled holes in tombs? Preposterous!!! Unless, of course there was some reason to distrust the church people. Which is, of course, a distinct possibility.