Dutch Catholic Church Under Investigation for Sexual Abuse of Children

Hat tip to RH RealityCheck community member Crowepps for this story.

Continuing the pattern that has been the hallmark of the institutional Catholic Church’s response to sexual abuse of children by priests in the United States, the Netherlands’ Handelsblad.com reports that the Dutch Catholic Church for years ignored reports by children and families that sexual abuse of boys by priests was rife in Catholic schools.

A rash of reports of abuse of children in the sixties and seventies and more recent revelations of abuse has led to calls for investigation of the Church and its practices.

Yvo van Kuijck, former chairman of the independent Assessment and Advisory Committee, which cooperates with the Netherlands’ hotline for reporting sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, told Handelsblad.com that while sexual abuse of children by priests has been brought to light in a number of countries, recent apologies from the Vatican are “too little too late.”

Almost 300 reports of sexual abuse have been lodged since the hotline was set up in 1995. 

“It has taken too long for the Church to apologise and take action,” van Kuijck said. “The Dutch bishops adopted the same ‘wait and see’ approach. I didn’t get the impression that dealing with sexual abuse was a priority for them.”

Two years ago, dissatisfied with the attitude taken by the Dutch bishops, Kuijck resigned along with his entire committee, because they learned priests guilty of abuse in one parish were simply transferred to another parish where they were free to find new victims. “Not only is that unprofessional, it’s inconceivable,” said Van Kuijck, who is now vice-president of the district court in Arnhem.

Van Kuijck sees cause for further investigation. Although it is no longer his responsibility, he believes it is in the interests of the church to look into the matter. “If it’s a structural problem at an institution, then there is every reason to take a good look at what’s going on,” van Kuijck told Handelsblad.com.

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  • colleen

    According to this Guardian article ( http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2003/aug17/religion.childprotection ) we have evidence of a of the Vatican ordering a cover-up of international and institutionalized child sex abuse from as long ago as 1962.

  • crowepps

    They sent the perpetrators here to get them out of sight and then ignored and covered up the fact they were continuing to victimize Alaska Natives.

    Roosa and his associate Patrick Wall (a former Benedictine monk who once worked as a sex-abuse fixer for the Catholic Church) said they knew of 345 cases of molestation in Alaska by 28 perpetrators who came from at least four different countries.


    This concentration of abuses is orders of magnitude greater than Catholic sex-abuse cases in other parts of the United States. Today, Roosa said, there are 17,000 Catholics in the diocese of Fairbanks, though there was a much smaller number during the peak of the abuse. Roosa compared this lawsuit to the famous Los Angeles suits of 2001, which claimed 550 victims of abuse in a Catholic population of 3.4 million.


    These abusers in Alaska, Wall said, were specifically sent to Alaska “to get them off the grid, where they could do the least amount of damage” to the church’s public image.



    Sometimes lawyers come in REAL handy!

    Diocese will pay $9.8 million to Alaska abuse victims BANKRUPTCY: Freed money will go to victims, outing of guilty.


    The Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks is emerging from bankruptcy under a plan that will provide nearly $10 million — and maybe much more — to sexual abuse victims, send the bishop traveling to parishes where abuse occurred, and put names of suspected abusers on the diocese Web site.


    Under the plan for reorganization, $9.8 million will go into a fund for close to 300 victims. Another $2.5 million is going to lawyers, accountants and other professionals. …


    Exhibits filed in Bankruptcy Court name the suspected perpetrators, most from the Jesuit order. Under the settlement, for the next 10 years the diocese must post on its home page a link to the names of the suspected abusers “and any other known perpetrators (admitted, proven or credibly accused), including deceased perpetrators.”


    One list filed in court names those whom multiple people accused of sexual abuse: 15 priests, a deacon, two brothers, two nuns, and two volunteers. They include the late church volunteer Joseph Lundowski, accused of molesting dozens of children in Western Alaska villages in the 1960s and 1970s. A second list names those accused by one person: 11 priests, five nuns, a deacon, a brother and three volunteers.



    To those posters here who keep lamenting our lack of understanding of the ‘moral’ message of the Catholic Church, please, there is no reason whatsoever I can think of to expect anyone to show respect to a ‘faith’ that has a place in its organizational structure for a ‘sex-abuse fixer’.

  • crowepps

    Wash. Nuns Investigated By Vatican
    Carolyn Adolph


    Three Catholic women’s communities in Washington state are being investigated by the Vatican. They were chosen for review as part of an extensive investigation into American nuns. The Vatican says it’s following up on complaints of feminism and activism.


    The Archdiocese of Seattle says the Adrian Dominicans in Woodway, the Renton Sisters of Providence and the Tacoma Dominicans are on the list. Sister Joyce Cox is the Archbishop’s Delegate for Religious. She says it’s not clear what this latest development — or the entire investigation — means.


    Cox: “Ordinarily visitations are made because there is something of great concern, or some place of scandal or not having integrity to the origins of our life.”


    But Cox says none of that applies.


    Cox: “Not one of our religious communities in our leadership whom we’ve elected has stood out to speak against the Church. The leadership has never spoken out in negative ways.”


    The Seattle–area communities were chosen for visits after investigators reviewed responses to questionnaires sent out to every women’s order. The Vatican’s 20–page questionnaire asks about the extent of communities’ obedience to the Church and their handling of nuns who dissent.


    It’s not clear why the local orders are being singled out. The Renton Sisters of Providence run a women’s transition house. The Tacoma Dominicans call themselves risk takers. They work to end human trafficking. The Vatican questionnaire also asks about the age of current members and the state of their housing. The Adrian Dominicans in Woodway are down to about 30 elderly members. Church investigators say they’ll report to Rome next year.



    Oh, wait, NOT sexual abuse of little children, NOT failure to maintain celibacy, NOT beating children — something FAR worse – FEMINISM!!