Saturday, December 11, 2010

Dutch Catholic Sexual Abuse Scandal Report: Nearly 2,000 Victims

     An investigative panel in the Netherlands released a report this week showing that almost 2,000 of the country's four million Catholics have made complains of sexual or physical abuse against priests and bishops.

     The New York Times reports:
     “The Roman Catholic Church has not faced a crisis like this since the French Revolution,” Peter Nissen, a professor of the history of religion at Radboud University in the Netherlands, said of the growing abuse scandal...
      Asked in March on television about the hundreds of complaints already surfacing, one of the church’s most senior figures, Cardinal Adrianus Simonis, shocked the nation by replying not in Dutch but in German. “Wir haben es nicht gewusst” — We knew nothing — he said, using a phrase associated with Nazi excuses after World War II.
     “A lot of people perceived it as an affirmation of the culture of covering up cases,” said Professor Nissen, adding that it meant to many, “ ‘We should have known’ or ‘We knew but we didn't want to know.’ ”
     The Rev. Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, said that he had no comment and that the matter was in the hands of Dutch bishops.
     "In the hands of bishops," because that has worked so well in the past.


truthspew said...

The Catholic church is dying a slow, painful death right now. I look in my own state where fully 62% were once Catholic now less than 50% claim as such.

And if you look at attendance, it's dismal at best. Rectories are empty, and I can see some churches closing soon.

It's because the hierarchy has lost all credibility regarding the sexual abuse of children.

It's so widespread and deep that it shakes the church to it's core.

And people aren't THAT stupid. When these allegations arise repeatedly in different geographical areas it opens the wound from the last incidences in the United States and it becomes a festering pustule of disbelief.