The word "unprecedented" is too-often used by journalists, but it does seem remarkably apt in describing what's just happened in Belgium. The spokesman for the leader of Belgium's Catholics has resigned because he can no longer, in good conscience, represent the views of his boss in response to the child abuse crisis currently facing the Catholic Church. In his resignation statement, Jürgen Mettepenningen, pictured, who was a professional theologian before becoming Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard's spokesman in August, said: "I no longer want, can and will act as spokesman for Archbishop Leonard." He later told reporters that the Archbishop's attitude to the abuse crisis was "surrealist" and said: "Archbishop Léonard has sometimes acted like someone who's driving against the traffic and thinks everyone else is wrong."
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