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Catholic church agrees to compensate sexual abuse victims

Monday 07 November 2011

Dutch Catholic bishops and church officials have voted in favour of giving compensation to hundreds of victims of sexual abuse which took place within church institutions, Trouw reports on Monday.

This summer, a church commission recommended paying a up to €100,000 in compensation to abuse victims and the bishops have now agreed with this.

The total bill for the church could be as high as €5m.


Compensation will be calculated on the basis of the seriousness of the abuse, the commission says. It will range from €5,000 for remarks or behaviour of a sexual nature to €25,000 for rape or multiple rape. The €100,000 will be paid in exceptional cases such as gang rape or serious abuse causing permanent damage.

It is almost two years since the scandal broke in the Netherlands with revelations that three Catholic clerics from the Don Rua cloisters in 's Heerenberg, Gelderland, had abused at least three children in the 1960s and 1970s.

Since then, a government commission has had reports of almost 2,000 cases of abuse within religious institutions. A number of cases will be taken to court

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

sorry .
but i do not aprove .

By john schenk | 7 November 2011 4:18 PM

Sick people, arogant also - AGREES to compensate, there should be NO "agrees" they should just do it, I find them disgusting and disgraceful!

By Andy | 7 November 2011 4:59 PM

Compensation is not the only way to deal with the problem , The catholic churches need to look into their rotten religion model , their biological suppressions and their idiotic propagandas.

By graham | 7 November 2011 6:51 PM

€5m?... 'and of course that compensation will be paid by the Vatican? How many BILLIONS have they accumulated over the centuries?

I would just like to see them change their out-of-date policies concerning priests: to outlaw human desire is unethical to say the least. That is the main cause of these scandals!

The church is following the same trend as the NL post office. 'Glad to see the decline of arrogance & ignorance!!!

By The visitor | 7 November 2011 8:24 PM

I would suggest Graham to change his use of the two words "biological suppressions" in his comments to "mental cruelty".

By Danny | 8 November 2011 2:35 AM

Can anyone tell me why so few of these cases are taken to court? Why can the church choose to pay compensation, and not have their members sent to prison for raping children?

By Craig | 8 November 2011 9:03 AM

Just for the record. The findings were, that, within the Catholic church, four out of five sexual abuse victims are male. Most were adolescents aged 14 or over; 15% were under 10. These crimes were not, committed, by Heterosexual celibate Priests. Fact, not fiction.

By Highlander | 8 November 2011 11:35 AM

Yes Highlander, thanks for pointing out the heterosexual celibate priests were not to blame...but there certainly is quite a degree of guilt by association in allowing abusive paedophiles to commit such acts unreported

By Trev D | 8 November 2011 12:49 PM

@ Highlander: Your statistics would be relevant if we knew more about the availability of female children to be abused. By your own definition, 20% of victims were sexually abused by a "heterosexual" priest. Unless you know different, it seems the Don Rua school was male-only - priests only abused females when they were supervising school trips which girls attended. If the Don Rua school had been mixed gender, or female only, your statistics would be very different.

In fact, scientific research shows that you can't characterise male-male abuse, or male-male abusers, as homosexual, much as anti-gay activists would like to. Abusers don't have adult sexual orientation as we would know it - they want to abuse children, period.

By John Hayter | 9 November 2011 11:20 AM

John Hayter@
For example. "It has been estimated that at least 33 per cent of all priests in the RC Church in the United States are homosexual. That probably applys elsewhere too? Hence, it has been reported that, four out of five sexual abuse victims are male. Here is an interesting report regarding Priests, conducted by The Washington Post. The survey speaks for itself, a disgrace for the catholic church. http://www.catholicleague.com/research/abuse_in_social_context.htm

By Highlander | 10 November 2011 8:11 AM

@ Highlander: Thank you for the interesting link. I read it, and I read the citations, one of which - Thomas Plante, “A Perspective on Clergy Sexual Abuse" (http://www.psywww.com/psyrelig/plante.html), says:

"...a high proportion of homosexual priests do not increase the risks of sexual abuse of minors by priests. Sexual orientation does not predict illegal sexual abuse of children and minors in general. Homosexual men are not more likely to engage in illegal sexual behaviors with children and adolescents than heterosexual men."

Seems pretty conclusive. Sexual orientation in the priesthood does not predispose towards child sex abuse.

By John Hayter | 10 November 2011 11:09 AM

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