The bishop of Rotterdam Ad van Luyn has called for an inquiry into the possible sexual abuse of children at a Catholic boarding school in ‘s-Heerenberg, Gelderland in the 1960s and 1970s.
The inquiry follows claims by the Radio Netherlands and NRC that at least three Salesian priests connected to the Don Rua monastery had abused youngsters in their care.
Van Luyn was head of the Salesians in the Netherlands at the time and a teacher at the school in the 1960s.
The issue has been placed on the agenda of the March 9 bishops’ conference, Van Luyn said.
Meanwhile, the current head of the Salesian movement in the Netherlands Herman Spronk told the Volkskrant he would like to see a ‘broad inquiry’ covering all Catholic institutions. ‘I do not think it is confined to the Don Rua boarding school in ‘s-Heerenberg,’ he said.
And he called all former pupils who are ‘possible victims of abuse’ to register with the Hulp & Recht (help and justice) organisation, set up by the Catholic church earlier to investigate abuse claims.