Three new auxiliaries for troubled Brussels

Pope Benedict has appointed three new auxiliary bishops to assist Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard of Mechelen-Brussels.

Bishop-elects Jean-Luc Hudsyn, Jean Kockerols and Leon Lemmens were appointed Feb. 22, CNA reports.

Archbishop Leonard was appointed in Jan. 2010 in part in response to the scandals, which occurred under Cardinal Godfried Danneels, now retired.

Father Tommy Scholtes, S.J., spokesman for the Belgian bishops, told CNA that having a number of auxiliary bishops is “normal” for the archdiocese.

“I think this is good news for everybody,” he said of the appointments, adding that he didn’t anticipate any problems. “I haven’t heard anything, either yesterday or today.”


For Belgian Church rocked by scandal, three new auxiliary bishops (Catholic News Agency)


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