Another sexual abuse scandal involving tens of thousands of children, this time in the Netherlands.
The report estimates that 10,000-20,000 minors were abused in the care of Catholic institutions between 1945 and 1981, when the number of Church-run homes dropped. In the years between 1981 and 2011, several more thousands suffered at the hands of priests and others working for the Church.
Most of the cases involved mild to moderate abuse, such as touching, but the report estimated there were “several thousand” instances of rape.
Of course, what makes it a scandal isn’t that it happened, but that the Church did nothing about it until they were found out.
“The problem of sexual abuse was known in the orders and dioceses of the Dutch Catholic Church,” the commission says, according to news agency AFP, “but the appropriate actions were not undertaken.”
A bishops’ statement has said, “This episode fills us with shame and sorrow.” I doubt that. Did it fill you with shame and sorrow for the 66 years you knew about it? During which you did nothing? What an outrageous lie.
In response to this report, the Catholic Church will downplay the wickedness of what they’ve done, and attempt to protect their own reputation over anything else. It’s what they always do.
Here, one man speaks about the abuse he suffered at the hands of his priest.
(via Butterflies and Wheels)