The raid by Belgian police on St Rambouts Cathedral in Mechelen, north of Brussels to find evidence of pedophile activity appears to have been grossly excessive.
"[P]olice officers opened the tomb of Leo Jozef Suenens, Belgian primate between 1961 and 1979 and the grave of Jozef-Ernest van Roey, who was his predecessor as head of the Catholic Chrurh in Belgium from 1926 until his death in 1961.
"The tombs of Cardinals Suenens and Van Roey were drilled and a camera was pushed into them apparently to see whether there were any hidden documents," said Father Eric De Beukelaer, spokesman for the cathedral."
"The latest raids took place during a meeting of bishops in the presence of the Vatican's ambassador to Belgium and the senior clerics were detained as armed police officers carried out their searches.
"No explanation was given, but all documents and mobile phones were confiscated and it was inferred that nobody could leave the building. It was not a pleasant experience,"
Excessive zeal and emotion appears to have triumphed over Reason.