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Rotterdam bishop orders sex abuse inquiry

Monday 01 March 2010

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.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

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By shirley | 1 March 2010 8:32 AM

The Bishop having being a Catholic Priest will know that sexual abuse of children at Catholic Priest run boarding schools was rife during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.

By Gerard | 1 March 2010 11:05 AM

and what about the abuse going on now, the church is full of child abusers it is scary

By adhd | 1 March 2010 3:52 PM

Far too many of us abused by priests in the United States naively and blindly reported our abuse to church authorities, instead of to police. They used the info against us and shielded our perpetrators. We suggest victims do not report to the church leaders but rather to civil authorities and police. They cannot be trusted to investigate themselves.
Barbara Blaine
SNAP President

By Barbara Blaine | 1 March 2010 5:08 PM

Exactly, and also in the 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's, 90's & 10's and worldwide. However, I suppose it is less harmful than the Inquisition?

By Bene the Rat | 1 March 2010 5:12 PM

Any investigation into the sexual abuse of children should be under the authority of the civil justice system.

Those who have allegations of sexual abuse should go to the police or other appropriate civil authorities with their reports.

It is irresponsible to trust any organization, even a religious denomination, whose members are responsible for the sexual abuse of anyone and possibly the cover-up of those crimes.

I aagree with Barbara Blaine, President of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests.

Sister Maureen Paul Turlish
Victims' Advocate
New Castle, Delaware, USA

By Sister Maureen Paul Turlish | 2 March 2010 12:34 AM

Having the Bishops investigate sexual abuse in the church is like asking the fox to look after the hen house -- there's a better than good chance there are offenders among them.

By Buzzer | 2 March 2010 3:37 PM

Please DO NOT allow the Catholic church to be involved in a civil investigation of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy.

I strongly suggest that any survivor of sexual abuse by a Catholic Priest or Nun report the crime to the police and not the church. The church has repeatedly dismissed credible accusations and quietly transferred perpetrators to continue the sexual abuse of children and vulnerable adults in different churches.

By Frank A. Lostaunau | 2 March 2010 9:38 PM

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