Belgium's Catholic Bishop Of Bruges Quits Over Abuse

The bishop of the Belgian city of Bruges, Roger Vangheluwe, has resigned after admitting sexual abuse of a boy earlier in his career.Bishop Vangheluwe, 73, said the abuse had happened when he was a simple priest and continued when he started as a bishop, a Vatican statement said.The Vatican said Pope Benedict XVI had accepted the resignation.The Catholic Church has come under severe pressure over child sexual abuse allegations emerging across the world.The BBC's David Willey, in Rome, says the Pope's acceptance of the bishop's resignation marks a new escalation in the scandal buffeting the Church.It is the first time that a senior churchman has admitted in person abusing a child, he says.