Monday 27 March 2023

Catholic church finally admits bishop abused boys

The Catholic church in Roermond has finally admitted a former bishop abused two boys, despite denying the abuse claims for years.

Jo Gijsen, who died last year, was bishop of Roermond from 1972 to 1993. He then moved to Austria and Iceland, before returning to the Netherlands in 2007.

A Dutch Catholic church committee investigating abuse claims has now decided two complaints against Gijsen were proven.

Gijsen, a traditional and controversial bishop, set up his own seminary in Kerkrade named Rolduc, which was described as both ‘closed’ and ‘a feeding ground for homosexual relations’ by the Volkskrant newspaper.

Mea Culpa, a Dutch organisation set up to support victims of church abuse, welcomed the admission that Gijsen was guilty of abuse. However, it is shocking that he was able to become a bishop when it was known he had previously abused children, the organisation said.

Thank you for donating to

The team would like to thank all the generous readers who have made a donation. has been free for 16 years, but without the financial backing of our readers, we would not be able to provide you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch. Your contributions make this possible.

If you have not yet made a donation, but would like to, you can do so via Ideal, credit card or Paypal.