Dutch cardinal denies knowledge of extent of abuse
March 24, 2010
“Extremely shocked” and “ashamed” by recent widespread allegations of clerical abuse in the Netherlands, Cardinal Adrianus Simonis-- the retired Archbishop of Utrecht-- said that he had been aware of no more than ten cases of abuse in his nearly four decades as a bishop.
“If a priest was involved, I was responsible,” he said. “If it was a member of a religious order, it was up to the order itself.”
On March 15, Radio Netherlands reported that 137 priests and religious had recently been accused off abuse by some 200 former seminarians and boarding school students. An online Dutch news site has since reported that 600 allegations have been made in the past month.
- "Wir haben es nicht gewusst" (Radio Netherlands)
- Abuse was not common, says cardinal (DutchNews.nl)
- Extent of church sexual abuse: a first glimpse (Radio Netherlands)
- Dutch church orders inquiry into sex abuse allegations (BBC, 3/9)
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