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Dutch cardinal says sexual abuse not an issue until 1990s

Tuesday 25 January 2011

The Netherlands' most senior Catholic told a court hearing on Tuesday sexual abuse 'did not exist' as an issue for the Dutch church until the early 1990s, AP reports.

Speaking at a hearing into the case of a man who said he was drugged and raped by his priest two decades ago, cardinal Adrianus Simonis said the Dutch Catholic hierarchy only began dealing with the issue after reports of widespread abuse began emerging from the US in the 1990s.

After a scandal broke last year, nearly 2,000 abuse claims have been made to a special commission set up to investigate.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

> sexual abuse 'did not exist' as an issue for the Dutch church

Does he mean that all complaints/accusations were ignored?

By Inquisitor | 25 January 2011 4:22 PM

'Did not exist' or 'Was not caught'?
Instead of picking on immigrants all the time, the local government should pay more attention to their very own monsters who perform acts that ruin people's lives.

By kky | 25 January 2011 4:33 PM

'did not exist' as an issue for the Dutch church until the early 1990s Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha all the way back to the beginning of Catholic

By Alex Jones | 26 January 2011 8:44 AM

I think what he meant is that by the 1990s, the power of the church had diminished to the point where they could no longer keep their vast numbers of pedophile priests protected from public discovery.

In Canada, the institutional raping and abuse has been shown time and again to have been prevalent from the 1950s well into the 1990s - if earlier abuses have not yet been revealed about dutch pedophile clergy, I suggest you keep some of that newspaper ink on hand.

By Nal Bocks | 26 January 2011 2:42 PM

Alex, you saved me the trouble, cheers m8!

By The visitor | 26 January 2011 11:17 PM

The greatest crime here is not the rape of children, horrible as that is, but the systematic denial, secrecy, hypocrisy and corruption within the church.

By Ron Slade Sr. | 24 February 2011 9:43 PM

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