Thursday, January 19, 2012

Arch Bishop: Roman Catholic Church did not Live up to Norms

The Arch Bishop of Utrecht, Wim Eijk has said to a parliamentary committee that his Church did not live up to its own values. He was heard in view of the Deetman Report, which found that there had been between 10 and 20 thousand victims of sexual abuse in Catholic institutions, of which 1,000 are considered serious cases. The report discussed the ‘culture of silence’ in the Church. The Arch Bishop admitted that the report gave a correct view of the situation and he said that he was ashamed. He added that the Church will have to regain the confidence of the Dutch population.

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