Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Bishop Resisted Unmasking Fraudulent Deacon

Everard de Jong, the assistant bishop of Roermond, testified under oath yesterday in the Maastricht court. He said that in 2005 Bishop Frans Wiertz had vetoed his proposal to confront Deacon Joep Haffmans of Gulpen with accusations of theft from the charity accounts and of having sexual relations with women. Haffmans had already admitted responsibility for the financial scandal in 1999. His ex-girlfriend, who has brought a case against the diocese, testified about his sexual affairs with her and other members of the community and his threats against her. The woman holds the diocese financially responsible for expenses incurred in treatment for the sexually transmitted illness she caught from the deacon.

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