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Dutch Priest Belonged to Pedophile Club

Posted by on May. 21, 2011 at 1:28 AM
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PHOTO: Catholic priest

The head of a Catholic religious order in the Netherlands has confirmed one of his subordinate priests served on the board of an organization that promotes pedophilia.

Herman Spronck, head of the Dutch arm of the Salesian order, said in a statement Friday the priest served on the board of the "Martijn" organization, which is widely reviled but not illegal.

"Of course we reject this and distance ourselves from this personal initiative" on the part of the priest, Spronck's statement said.

"Membership in such organizations does not fit with the ethos of the Salesian order."

However, RTL Nieuws, which broke the story, published interviews both with Spronck and the priest, identified as 73-year-old "Father Van B.," in which they defend some pedophile relationships.

"Society thinks these relationships are harmful. I disagree," RTL quoted Van B. as saying. He served on Martijn's board from 2008 until 2010, when the organization's founder was arrested for alleged possession of child pornography. That case is ongoing.

RTL quoted Spronck as saying that "formally I always say that everyone must obey the law. But these relationships do not necessarily have to be damaging."

Spronck and his organization could not be reached late Friday for comment.

Thousands of past cases of alleged sexual abuse by priests are under investigation by an independent — but Church-funded — commission in the Netherlands. It is headed by a former government minister, Wim Deetman.

The Dutch church, which has more than 4 million members, first set up a body to deal with abuse allegations in 1995. But the independent commission was formed last year after shocking abuse cases were uncovered here at the same time similar stories were snowballing in neighboring Germany.

Several of the first and most prominent abuse cases that have come to light in the Netherlands have also involved Salesian priests.

" it aint what they calls you....its what you answer to."

                                                               madaea...

by on May. 21, 2011 at 1:28 AM
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txsDva
by Bronze Member on May. 21, 2011 at 1:31 AM

How can they in one hand say "Of course we reject this and distance ourselves from this personal initiative"....."Membership in such organizations does not fit with the ethos of the Salesian order."

 

BUT in the next breath say" "formally I always say that everyone must obey the law. But these relationships do not necessarily have to be damaging."

WHAT!!??!!

Thomigirl
by Platinum Member on May. 21, 2011 at 7:14 AM

HOW is it not illegal again?  And just another example of the Catholic Church doing NOTHING to discipline or make these pieces of garbage pay for their CRIMES.

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on May. 21, 2011 at 8:03 AM
It's ok, according to the report they released if the kid is over 10 it's not pedophilia...I'm sure he went after all 11 year olds to fall in line with their justifications...


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Thomigirl
by Platinum Member on May. 21, 2011 at 8:04 AM

Sick bastards

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

It's ok, according to the report they released if the kid is over 10 it's not pedophilia...I'm sure he went after all 11 year olds to fall in line with their justifications...


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Della529
by on May. 21, 2011 at 8:25 AM

 Uggh!

ashka88
by on May. 21, 2011 at 8:30 AM

http://www.nambla.org/

I'm guessing the organization is similar to this one in the U.S.

txsDva
by Bronze Member on May. 22, 2011 at 12:50 PM

How can anyone justify this thinking?? That these "relationships" can be any thing but harmful?

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