Bishop Vangheluwe handed in his resignation after admitting to having sexually abused an under age male family member for a number of years in the 1980’s.
The Chairman of the Commission Against Sexual Abuse in the church Peter Adriaenssens, has now said that an investigation has been launched into whether or not Bishop Vangheluwe swept allegations of sexual abuse by other clergymen under the carpet.
Mr Adriaenssens told the VRT that the reason the Commission had acted so swiftly was because of concern about the Bishop’s inaction in dealing with sex abuse allegation concerning clergymen within his diocese.
Mr Adriaenssens adds that the Commission will now look at whether the Bishop tried to protect paedophile priests.
At least one case has come to light of a paedophile priest who was appointed Deacon by Bishop Vangeluwe.