Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Dutch prelate suggests slain bishop could be patron saint of abuse victims

Catholic World News - January 07, 2014

A Dutch prelate has said that a missionary bishop slain in China in 1937 could be considered the patron saint of abuse victims, Agence France-Presse reported.

Upon closing the diocesan phase of the beatification of the Servant of God Franciscus Hubertus Schraven (1873-1937), Bishop Frans Wiertz of Roermond suggested that Schraven “be considered as the patron saint of victims of sexual abuse,” according to the diocesan website.

During the Second Sino-Japanese War, 5,000 people, including 200 girls, took refuge at the residence of Bishop Schraven, who served as apostolic vicar of Chengting (Zhengding). When Japanese soldiers asked the bishop for the girls, he said, “You can kill me if you want, but you will never get what you ask for.”

The soldiers later returned, doused Bishop Schraven and eight priests with gasoline, and set them on fire.

“There have in recent years been many reports about abuse within the Church,” said Bishop Wiertz. “It’s shameful to see that even the faithful can be guilty of such things.”

“Fortunately there are people in the Church who chose the right side, who condemned abuse and who sacrificed their lives when it was necessary.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach five million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our April expenses ($18,070 to go):
$35,000.00 $16,930.48
52% 48%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Round Trip to the present moment: a Catholic jazz artist's latest offering April 22
Easter with the Pope April 21
Smaller Church, Bigger Faith, 3: Ecclesiastical Discipline April 17
The Holy Spirit and Evangelization: A Primer April 16
Journey to the Sun: A Strange Biography of Junípero Serra April 16

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Easter Vigil homily (full text) CWN - April 20
Pope Francis's Easter Message 'Urbi et Orbi' (To the City and the World): full text, link to video CWN - April 20