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Monday 22 December  
Dormitory at Don Rua Monastery, 's-Heerenberg, the Netherlands

Child sex abuse in the Dutch Catholic Church

Reports of child sex abuse within the Dutch Catholic Church have emerged following a joint RNW/NRC Handelsblad investigation. Described by the church as a dark page in its history, an independent inquiry has been launched.

Article: Abuse investigation confined to Netherlands

Victims of sexual abuse by Dutch clerics outside the Netherlands will not be included in the investigation into sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church. Former minister Wim Deetman made the announcement on Friday, when he presented his...

Article: Child abuse in Dutch Protestant institutions 'needs investigating'

Sexual abuse in Dutch Protestant and non-religious residential institutions should be investigated, says the former chairperson of the Dutch residential institutions association Guido Wiersma in evening newspaper NRC Handelsblad. Wim...

Article: Priest convicted of child sex abuse volunteered in Dutch church

An Irish priest who was convicted for sex offences against children has been working as a volunteer at a church near the Dutch port city of Rotterdam. The priest, Oliver O'Grady, who was defrocked after his conviction, was helping as a...

Article: Dutch Catholic rebels rooted in history

The flood of criticism levelled by Dutch Roman Catholics at Rome and its bishops includes sex abuse by the clergy, the banning of much-loved songs from mass, and arch-conservative priests and bishops. Time to put the crisis afflicting the...

Article: Public relations problem for pope

Pope Benedict XVI promised on Sunday to take measures against the abuse of children within the Roman Catholic church. He also spoke to some victims of the abuse. The commotion caused by revelations from all over the world about abuse -...

Mr Klabber's contract. The Nijmegen school can be seen in the background.
Netherlands Netherlands Article: “Oh, no, not another one”

Article: “Oh, no, not another one”

The Roman Catholic church paid a Dutchman to keep quiet about sexual abuse by a priest, Dutch current affairs programme Een Vandaag reported on Monday. Een Vandaag spoke to Mark Klabbers (51) who attended the Canisius College, a Catholic...

Article: "A mea culpa is not enough for sex abuse"

US Roman Catholic priest Roy Bourgeois is no stranger to controversy, but his call this week for Pope Benedict XVI to resign may spell the end of his almost 40 years in the church. According to Father Bourgeois, saying "mea culpa...

Article: Child sex abuse: Catholic church leader admits he knew

The child sex abuse scandal within the Dutch Catholic Church is deepening with the admission for the first time from the country's most senior church figure that he was aware of abuse in the 1970s and 80s.  Listen to an interview with...