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July 13, 2010

Let this be known far and wide: BELGIAN CARDINAL CLEARED OF PORN CHARGES

Zenit reported some very good news yesterday:

The Brussels public prosecutor's office confirmed Friday that Cardinal Godfried Danneels, retired archbishop of the city, did not download pornography to his computer.

The authorities' clarification, however, comes after the "Het Nieussbald" newspaper accused the cardinal of using pornography.

In fact, authorities affirmed that a pornographic picture on the cardinal's computer was downloaded automatically.

Jean Marc Meilleur, spokesman of the office of the public prosecutor, confirmed the existence of the "suspicious" photograph, but clarified that "anyone who surfs the Internet can find this type of photograph among his temporary files."

Cardinal Danneel's spokesman, Hans Geybels, announced that legal action will be made regarding the accusation being sent to the press. He has called for a serious investigation to clarify what happened.

This case comes on the heels of a similar violation, when the press was told that the archbishopric of Malines-Brussels was linked to a serial killer, Marc Dutroux. That information was also subsequently shown to be falsified... (continue reading)


  1. Sadly, it is all too easy for those with a bent to do so, to hack into a compouter, or attach unsavory material to otherwise "clean" sites. I've had dirty stuff "ride in" on sites such as Greek Orthodox and Girl Scouts.
    My computer was so badly infected with porn that it was necessary to scrap everything and to change e-mail services.
    A couple of weeks ago, I returned home and swithced the computer on to check an expected backlog of e-mail. Nobody else has access to my hardware. Instead of e-mail I was subjected to some shocking porn. Took a couple of days with assistance from a technician to get rid of the problem.
    I am glad the authoritied cleared the Cardinal and explained that such material can turn up where it isn't wanted.

  2. "anyone who surfs the Internet can find this type of photograph among his temporary files."

    That's a scary thought. I wonder what sort of garbage might have accumulated on my machine without my being aware of it

  3. We have very good spy ware and do a disk cleanup regularly to avoid any such yuckiness on our computer.
    Thank you, Pat, for making us aware of the "clearing" of the Bishop as the media is happy to yell out any allegations against the Church but seems to merely whisper the Truth!
    Thanks again!

  4. Good news, but I bet dollars to doughnuts that the report of this resolution to the scandal will be buried in the back page of the paper, in the smallest point size that's still readable, and other secular media outlets won't pick it up.