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Belgian bishop: Ruling against archbishop could spur claims for damages

A Belgian bishop said the president of the bishops' conference urged Catholics to respect a court judgment against him for failing to act on allegations of abuse.

However, Auxiliary Bishop Jean Kockerols of Mechelen-Brussels also said the ruling provoked concern that it could spur more claims for damages, and he said it would take a while for the church to regain credibility.

Belgium passes law to allow euthanasia for small children


Belgian legislators voted to make their country the world's first to allow euthanasia for small children, despite vigorous opposition from the Catholic church and all main religious groups.

"We are saddened and fearful for the future after this vote to extend euthanasia to children without any age limit," said the Catholic bishops' conference.


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