Appearing before a special parliamentary commission on sexual abuse of children three days before Christmas, Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard of Mechelen-Brussels told the commission that he saw no reason for the church to compensate victims of sexual abuse.
"The civil court must determine the compensation and the offender must pay," Léonard said. Commission members reacted with surprised amazement. (Full text)
Arch Leonard is one of Catholicism's sad side shows. There is a great little note about him over at The Hermeneutic of Continuity. He is part of the "gloves on" brigade who appears in most of his google images fronting the media and wearing what has to be the biggest "cross-ring" available from the Vatican Dress-Ring shop.