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Catholic priest drops plan to pin up photos of church leavers

Friday 11 January 2013

A Dutch Catholic priest who planned to 'name and shame' people leaving the church by pinning their photos up in public has decided not to go ahead.

Harm Schilder had claimed the move would enable other parishioners to pray for people who want to deregister as Catholics but now says he 'sees the risky side' of his much-criticised plan.

'There is now no point in putting the plan into action,' Schilder says on his weblog. Instead, he and volunteers will look at other ways to 'keep them with the church'.

According to the Daily Mail, four people in Schilder's parish in the southern city of Tilburg have taken steps to officially leave the church following the pope's statement on gay marriage.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

So a representative of the Catholic church was going to name and shame people who took a moral stance against said church's gross bigotry of gays and gay rights?! What a disgusting person! And what a disgusting group Catholics are taking this position in the first place.

By Andy | 11 January 2013 9:45 AM

Might be that this Catholic minister was reluctant to publicly display the names & photographs of their own church priests who raped innocent children for years while the church hid the truth from their loyal parishioners. He should consider praying for them instead for their heinous deeds and crimes. This priest is nothing but a low-life Coward hiding behind his robe and Bible.

By Emma | 11 January 2013 5:27 PM

beside the fact that i see here too there are people accusing 2 billions catholic because some of them were pedophiles. let me accuse some millions dutch then since some of them are surely murders.
but i actually wanted to say that one priest is not the church. even a kid would understand it. not emma maybe.

By jim | 12 January 2013 12:22 AM

@jim, the funny thing is that DN is full of comments by people who extrapolate anything one Dutch person does to the entire population.

By pepe | 13 January 2013 10:48 AM

@Jim: You obviously don't realise that Catholics don't get to pick and choose what your religious position will be. It is set for you by the Pope, who has clearly stated homosexuals are evil (as are condoms and birth control). That's the Catholic party line; there is modifying this in any way to suit a person's whim. So yes, one Catholic speaks for them all, so to be part of the Catholic Church is to accept being a position of bigotry against homosexuals and rights that pertain to them.

By Andy | 17 January 2013 3:52 PM


At any given moment there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed all right-thinking people will accept without question. It is not exactly forbidden to state this or that or the other, but it is “not done”… Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness. A genuinely unfashionable opinion is almost never given a fair hearing, either in the popular press or in the highbrow periodicals. The gay lobby is becoming intolerant to other people's opinions, have you noticed the disrespect in your remarks?

By Pio | 17 January 2013 8:27 PM

@Emma @Andy

While we are pointing the finger, should we also consider that abuse is endemic in society too. It is now a known fact that abuse commited against children in the Catholic church 80% -90% was commited by homosexual pedophile Priests? One has to ask, why are homosexuals attracted to the Catholic Church? Also, why is Child Care Nederland blocking the Samson commission report and advising child care workers not to cooperate? The Amsterdam crèche scandal is just the tip of the iceberg, pedophile Roberts Mikelsons was a married homosexual. So, pedophiles are not only hetrosexual in this society and the crime is also commited by woman. Pot calling the kettle black.


By Gabriel | 17 January 2013 9:27 PM

@Pio - I don't see any of my remarks as being offensive. Certainly not as offensive as the Pope's stance on gay rights (to name but one offensive stance he has). Please enlighten me as to what I have said this is offensive.

@Gabriel - And your point is? This comment thread is in response to this article about the actions of a Catholic priest naming and shaming parishioners who are leaving as part of a moral stance. I agree with you that some homosexuals are criminals; as are hetrosexual people; as are white people; as are black people; as are asian people; as are old people; as are young people. So you're now off topic.

By Andy | 18 January 2013 9:01 AM

It never ends! The cross dressing, sex orgies in the rectory, sex shop owning Meth priest in Connecticut. Now this shame and publish priest. The Poop blaming us gays for......for everything bad...It never ends!!!! BUT, happily the RCC is self destructing.

By mark o'brien | 21 January 2013 12:31 AM

This is just open season on the Catholic Church in entirety, not the the minority accused. An mention of child abuse these days is centred around the Catholic church for abuse cases dating back to the 1950's and 1980's. But whom is responsible for the following? Last year saw another rise in the number of reports made to the child pornography hotline. In total, there were 12,542 reports, over 3,000 more than in 2010?
In 2011, 4,660 reports of videos or photos of child sex abuse were passed on to the police. In 2010, the number was just 1,260. And, 181,000 complaints of child abuse. The hotline says all the child pornography was on Dutch servers, with people mostly making it available via free uploading services. This makes it easy to exchange large amounts of video data?

By Highlander | 21 January 2013 4:01 PM

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