Rorate Caeli

Surprise: Belgian Marxist Gaudium et Spes commission Secretary
outed as child abuser

Father François Houtart, an 85-year-old Belgian activist priest who served as a peritus at the Second Vatican Council, has admitted twice abusing his cousin in 1970. His cousin was then an eight-year-old boy.
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Ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Malines-Brussels in 1949, Houtart taught at the Catholic University of Louvain from 1958 to 1990. As a peritus at Vatican II, he assisted Cardinal Leo Jozef Suenens and served as secretary of the subcommission that drafted the introduction to Gaudium et Spes, the pastoral constitution on the Church in the modern world.
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An international petition drive calling upon the Nobel Prize committee to award Houtart the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 has attracted thousands of signatures from 74 nations. In the midst of this effort, the sister of the abuse victim lodged a complaint with Church officials in Belgium, and the priest admitted the abuse.
Houtart, long known as a "Marxist Canon" (Le Figaro), has been a living symbol of a Belgian Liberal priesthood that helped shape Vatican II in all its aspects.

26 comments:

Mr. Ortiz said...

Sad, sad news. Let us pray for the victim, and the soul of this wayward priest.

Fratellino said...

Just more proof in the pudding that Schmattican II and those associated with its destructive agenda are...supply your own ending, commensurate with the evidence.

Anonymous said...

The title of this post truly says it all - almost:

"Belgian Marxist Gaudium et Spes commission Secretary outed as child abuser"

Surprise? Not really...

God help us!
Tom

PreVat2 said...

To paraphrase Casablanca's Captain Louis Renault, "I'm shocked, shocked to find this type of behavior among the older Vatican II crowd."

Who would a thunk it?

Christopher J. Paulitz said...

Schmattican II.

Well played, sir.

Anonymous said...

This is one of the growers of VAC. II. By their fruit you shall know them!

Crouchback said...

PreVat2 Here is the good Captain Renault in action ...!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIX_0nMlIBU

Knight of Malta said...

"History itself speeds along on so rapid a course that an individual person can scarcely keep abreast of it. The destiny of the human community has become all of a piece, where once the various groups of men had a kind of private history of their own. Thus, the human race has passed from a rather static concept of reality to a more dynamic, evolutionary one." Gaudium et Spes, Article 5.

I wonder if a "dynamic evolutionary" sense of reality was what Houtart had in mind when he abused his nephew just a few short years after these silly words were penned?

Knight of Malta said...

"...not a few pages of the conciliar documents reek of the writings and ideas of Modernism--this can be seen above all in GS [Caudium et Spes.]"

The Ecumenical Vatican Council II: A Much Needed Discussion Msgr. Brunero Gherardini


Why the deluge of pederast sex abusers after Vatican II? Twofold: the abandonment of a masculine Liturgy for a feminized one (and the commensurate drain of masculine clergy and laity.) Second, if one doesn't respect the sanctity of the Traditions of Holy Mother Church, one is more likely to disrespect the sanctity of a child. This priest fell into both categories as is evidenced by his actions towards a child, and the silly words in GS he was complicit in.

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas to all! Pass the firehose. It's time to clean out the Vatican II stables.

P.K.T.P.

Anonymous said...

Wow! I'm sure he abused because he is a Vatican II Liberal. A Benedict XVI "hermeneutic of continuity" priest would never do that!

Anonymous said...

Lord have mercy, so many reasons piling up that Vat II and its' "drafters" of documents work needs and almost demands to be suppressed. So much tied to this Council has been awful for the Church. If it were to ever come out that 60 to 70 % of Council members were involved in such wrong doings and harmful to souls behavior would the Council retain any credability? The whole mess has been sad for the Church. Just look at the Church a few years before the Council. Only a fool can not see the differences.

wheat4paradise said...

Houtart, long known as a "Marxist Canon" (Le Figaro), has been a living symbol of a Belgian Liberal priesthood that helped shape Vatican II in all its aspects.

In all of its aspects? I think that it would be more reasonable to say that he and people like him shaped its worst aspects. People like our good Holy Father shaped its best aspects. Such comments as above tend to reinforce the idea that Vatican II was root and branch a thing of evil. If that's what we believe, then the indications of support for the Holy Father that appear on this blog are mere hypocrisy. "Schmattican II"? Not well played, not at all.

Anon 04:03, what exactly is your point?

wheat4paradise said...

Just more proof in the pudding that Schmattican II and those associated with its destructive agenda are...supply your own ending, commensurate with the evidence.

Fratellino, you are of course aware that Pope Benedict XVI was "associated with" Vatican II. Do you mean to smear him with the same brush as this pervert priest?

Anonymous said...

We have this, yes:

"Wow! I'm sure he abused because he is a Vatican II Liberal. A Benedict XVI "hermeneutic of continuity" priest would never do that!"

Daneels, the Bishop of Brugge, Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor of Michael Hill fame, well, there are those who say that it is absurd to suggest a connexion between the Reforms and this abuse. No, it's not absurd: it remains to be seen. Time might tell.

Some say that this was all going on like mad long before the Reforms were implemented. "It's just that it was not reported" goes the liberal saw. Of course, one possibility (could it be? No!) is that the reason for fewer reports were fewer incidents. No! Couldn't be! That would be amazing!

One thing we can say is that one form of evil is connected to all others in that all are forms of evil. So it should not surprise us when we find that heretics are more likely to sodomise children than are other people. Just a thought.

P.K.T.P.

Jordanes said...

"Heresy begins below the belt," as the old saw goes. It is not possible to convict the documents of Vatican II of heresy, but one should hardly be surprised to find a correlation between the post-Vatican II doctrinal, liturgical, and disciplinary chaos and the horror of sodomitic priests and bishops.

Laurent said...

Canon Houtart is not just "a marxist canon". He has been a prominent figure of marxism in Louvain and as such he was instrumental in using the reputation of that university to spread marxism throughout Latin America. He is one of the best-connected European in South America, as he personally trained and/or personally keeps in touch with such figures as Fidel Castro, Hugo Chávez, Jaime Paz, Gustavo Gutiérrez, Rafael Correa etc. etc.
Canon Houtart is a much more crucial figure than you seem to imply. He is a kind of Belgian Helder Camara.

Viz. an excellent interview with him in the French review Catholica: http://www.catholica.presse.fr/siteancien/1xOgeEmxdrdv88&zUeq-97-1.html

Anonymous said...

Jordanes writes:

"It is not possible to convict the documents of Vatican II of heresy."

Well, that depends who's doing the convicting and whether or not there's anything to convict.

P.K.T.P.

Anonymous said...

Its quite obvious now that the church was hijacked at Vatican 2 by Freemasons, Marxists and closeted homosexuals with the specific intention of trying to weaken her, not destroy her because as JESUS promised that is absolutely impossible!!!

LeonG said...

The man (or presbyter) with liberal mind is capable of anything.

Paul Haley said...

As a peritus at Vatican II, he assisted Cardinal Leo Jozef Suenens and served as secretary of the subcommission that drafted the introduction to Gaudium et Spes, the pastoral constitution on the Church in the modern world.

That explains a lot about where Houtart is coming from. My father-in-law (RIP), an educated and honorable man, who taught for many years in a Catholic High School in those times when there were such things, told me that Suenens was a flaming liberal who, along with the rest of the Dutch co-conspirators would do a great deal of damage at the Council. His words ring so true today.

Jack said...

\\This is one of the growers of VAC. II. By their fruit you shall know them!\\

Then why is it that the majority of pedophilic priests were trained under the PRE-V2 system?

Anonymous said...

Jack:

Where do you get your figures? What are your figures:

Also, one must keep in mind that the majority of all priests currently serving were trained before Vatican II. That's owing to the effect of that Council on vocations. Put simply: it killed them. Yet another fruit of Vatican II.

P.K.T.P.

Anonymous said...

It is time to organize, in the same manner as the liberals who wrecked the Catholic Mass and the entire Church, to pressure the Pope to repudiate both the Novus Ordo Mass, and the memory of those who fostered and created it.

Jusr as the liberals forced Communion in the hand and standing, the end of Latin, altar girls, etc., good Catholic traditionalists should group together in their parihes and foce Commmunion on the Tongue and kneeling (even if just for those who wish it), a re-introduction of the Tridentine Latin Mass in every parish...regardless of the Bishops, an end to altar girls, and to Eucharistic "ministers".

Bill M said...

Steady, Troops, steady. We know who wins this war.(I read the book)The only problem is surviving until the end. Keep carrying the Cros.

jonas said...

So, another proof that all these 'reforms' after Vatican II have been not from the Holy Spirit. Just on the contrary. Sad, but true.