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Catholic church not in favour of 'naming and shaming' deserter

Wednesday 09 January 2013

Plans by a Catholic priest to publicly display the names and photographs of people who are formally leaving the church are 'undesirable and not allowed in law', church officials say.

Tilburg minister Harm Schilder said he wanted to pin the photographs in the doorway of his parish church. This, says Schilder, 'will allow the congregation to pray for them and perhaps convince them to stay'.

There has been a sharp rise in the number of people leaving the Catholic church since the pope condemned gay marriage last month.


Schilder says he is not planning to 'name and shame' people leaving the church but that prayer is the only option open to try and change things.

Church officials from the diocese of Den Bosch say the minister is free to do what he wants, but urge him to respect people's privacy.

The privacy watchdog CBP has also commented on the case and said it would have been 'more decent' if Schilder had asked people first if they minded being named in public.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

maybe he should first pin the photographs of catholic priest accused of molesting young people , then we can pray all for justice.

By nana | 9 January 2013 11:11 AM

Catholic Church not in favor of 'naming and shaming' deserter. Tilburg minister Harm Schilder should think about publishing new entry’s to the church with such in contrary he will not be over taxed with work.

By Terence Hale | 9 January 2013 11:44 AM

''There has been a sharp rise in the number of people leaving the Catholic church since the pope condemned gay marriage last month'' and lets not forget the many child abuse scandals.Oh sorry I forgot we are not allowed to mention that are we. Disgusting organisation that should be hauled in front of the courts not as in Holland swept under the carpet.

By jason buttle | 9 January 2013 12:33 PM

Surely, if they're 'deserting' (what a way to put it!), they wouldn't care if they were 'named and shamed'. I know I wouldn't (but then I'm an atheist :))

By woods | 9 January 2013 12:45 PM

Hypocrisy in its purest, evil form.

By Al | 9 January 2013 4:01 PM

@Jason Buttle @Nana

Just to reciprocate to the regular remarks made about child abuse in the Catholic church. It may help if you get your facts correct first. It is now widely understood that after thorough internal and independent investigations, Sex Abuse in the Catholic Church was a long term Homosexual Problem, not Pedophilia" Of all priests involved in the abuses, 80 to 90 per cent belong to this sexual orientation minority which was sexually engaged with adolescent boys between the ages of 11 and 17," Unfortunately the Western media is bias in reporting
important this point. There is more to clerical abuse than meets the eye, and convenient for some not to be transparent. For example.



By Transparancy | 9 January 2013 4:16 PM

Do all the prayers, that I was asked to pray while in mass, for sick people, world leaders, those who need help dealing with their troubles, parents...yada yada yada. Do they not count because could not see the people i was praying for at the time?

By Alex | 9 January 2013 5:44 PM

Why does DN allow the constant homophobic comments by Transparancy. I am gay and I find them very offensive. Newsflash for Transparancy: homosexuality is about sex between consenting adults of the same sex. What those catholic priests did was not consenting sex between two adults. In each of those acts only the priest was an adult and so the other party did not legally approve.

By pepe | 10 January 2013 10:10 AM

To shame someone you must first have moral authority, something the Catholic Church long ago squandered. Few people look to an organization so transparently obsessed with maintaining power for their moral guidance any longer.

By Sa-Spence | 10 January 2013 12:09 PM


The post was based on factual reporting and investigation, not homophobia. Also, the fact that the large majority of priests and clergy of other denominations involved, were homosexual, obviously strikes a cord with you. Grooming, is a historical fact and already public knowledge. Its OK for the gay lobby to slander religious people with objectionable and disrespectful comments that I read daily in the media and tabloids, but mention that the homosexual community is less than perfect and, it incites fury and indignation. He who cast the first stone etc? I have many gay friends and I respect them and have a good insight into the gay community.

By Transparancy | 11 January 2013 4:26 PM

@Transparancy, those priests abused minors and children. There aren't gay, they are pedophiles. Gays are not interested in sex with children. Pedophiles are.

By pepe | 11 January 2013 9:45 PM

It is what it is. Enough time has passed for internal and external reports to be published for public scrutiny. GENEVA, September 29, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church in the US and abroad was a matter of homosexuals preying on adolescent boys, not one of pedophilia, said the Vatican's representative at the UN in Geneva, Switzerland. It is "more correct," said Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, to speak of ephebophilia, a homosexual attraction to adolescent males, than pedophilia, in relation to the scandals. No point in taking it so personally, it's just a fact.


By Transparency | 12 January 2013 7:00 PM

Remember, this is the Catholic church of pedophile protection, where they finally revealed in 2011 that 20,000 children were raped by Catholic priests in the Netherlands alone.

Catholic priests will do anything to distract their followers from their rampant child rape.

By neil allen | 14 January 2013 3:55 PM

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