Belgian bishop quits after admitting abuse

BRUSSELS (AP) - Belgium's longest serving bishop has stepped down after admitting to sexually abusing a youngboy.

The resignation of 73-year-old Roger Vangheluwe, the Bishop of Bruges, is the first in Belgium since a child abuse scandal began engulfing the Roman Catholic Church in recent months.

His resignation was announced at a news conference by Belgium's Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard Friday.

He said Vangheluwe's resignation shows the Catholic Church in Belgium wants to "resolutely turn a page on a very painful" topic.

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