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Salesians remove Dutch delegate following pedophilia comments

Catholic World News - May 24, 2011

Father Herman Spronck, the leading Salesian priest in the Netherlands, was removed from his position following the publication of comments in which he stated that “pedophile sex could be accepted,” in the words of the Reuters news agency.

“Herman Spronck is no longer the delegate from the Salesian delegation in the Netherlands,” said Father Jos Claes, leader of the Salesians in Belgium and the Netherlands. “We fully distance ourselves from the words we find in your interview with Herman Spronck.”

Father Spronck made his comments after a Dutch news agency discovered that a Salesian priest had served on the board of an organization that seeks to legalize pedophilia. The priest, identified in news reports as Father Van B., “can longer perform any pastoral duties as of today,” Father Claes said.

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  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - May. 25, 2011 12:11 AM ET USA

    This is the way these matters should be handled!

  • Posted by: rpp - May. 24, 2011 7:03 PM ET USA

    You have a priest, with the support of a an official in his order, claiming, not only, that sex outside the bonds of marriage is acceptable, but so is child rape (sex with children is always rape). To me this sounds like a problem that goes much deeper than just two psychologically disturbed men. These actions should not be the end of it, but prompt a deeper review and investigation. However, I suspect it will be the end of it. Till the news of another serial rapist homosexual priest.

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