A retired priest from the Ghent diocese who abused children in the 80s in Congo is today head of an association that helps orphaned children in Rwanda. This often takes him to Africa, even though the Ghent diocese had banned him from going abroad. This was reported in De Standaard, Het Nieuwsblad and Het Belang van Limburg on Tuesday. The retired priest, Omer V, abused several children while he was teaching a seminar at Kolwezi in Congo. After his return, he abused a minor while he was priest at Mont-Saint-Amand (Ghent). “After that, he was forced to retired”, said the Ghent bishop’s spokesman.
The man then set up the association helping orphans in Rwanda, which he founded in 1996. Despite a travel ban from the diocese, he has stayed involved in the association and went to Africa several times a few months ago.