Dutch Church Abuse Cases Detailed December 9, 2010
THE HAGUE (Reuters) – Almost 2,000 people have declared themselves victims of sexual and physical abuse while they were minors in the care of the Roman Catholic Church in the Netherlands, an independent commission said Thursday.
The investigation into abuses dating back to 1945 shows that the Netherlands ranks second worst behind Ireland in a scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church in Europe and the United States. It has also forced Pope Benedict to apologize to victims of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests.
The church-appointed commission’s findings were requested by the Dutch bishops’ conference after cases surfaced involving pedophile priests in the Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland, Germany, Australia, Canada and the United States. http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2010/12/09/world/international-us-church-dutch.html