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Dutch reporters claim documents show Church new of abuse in 1950s

Catholic World News - November 29, 2011

Journalists in the Netherlands are reporting that Catholic Church officials acknowledged problems with child abuse in documents dating from as early as 1954.

The documents that have been produced to date, however, do not directly contradict the claims by Church leaders that they were not aware of abuse by priests. In one case, a 1954 warning seems to refer to abuse of children by older children in institutional settings. Another document, from 1959, simply cautions monks: “Keep your hands to yourself.”

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