Roman Catholic girls were abused by nuns, molested by priests: Dutch commission


Roman Catholic girls were abused by nuns, molested by priests: Dutch commission

AMSTERDAM — The Associated Press

Published Monday, Mar. 11 2013, 11:47 AM EDT

Last updated Monday, Mar. 11 2013, 11:57 AM EDT

From the link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/catholic-girls-were-sexually-victimized-by-nuns-dutch-commission/article9587866/

A commission investigating abuse of children linked to Dutch Roman Catholic institutions says girls were sexually abused by members of the clergy in their homes and in church, while they suffered physical abuse and intimidation at the hands of nuns at homes for young women.

The report follows a previous study focused on boys, which found boys were especially vulnerable to sexual abuse in boarding schools.

The commission, led by former Hague mayor Wim Deetman, was funded by the Catholic church. In preliminary conclusions in December 2011 it estimated that up to 20,000 children were molested at Catholic boarding schools between 1945 and 2010, and “several tens of thousands” faced abuse of some kind.

Monday’s follow-up study focused more on Catholic girls and young women, who in addition to boarding schools were often sent to homes for unwed mothers run by nuns if they became pregnant without being married.

“In cases of physical violence without sexual abuse, both new and previous complaints point toward primarily female perpetrators, mostly nuns who worked as educators or caregivers,” Deetman wrote in his conclusions.

“In heavy cases of sexual abuse, the perpetrators were primarily male.”

The commission has already turned over to police only the handful of abuse cases it has uncovered that it thinks may be prosecutable. It recommends mediation for the rest.

In a response, the umbrella organization of the Dutch Catholic Church and religious institutions apologized.

“Not only the doers are blameworthy, but also those who were to ensure things went properly in the homes and institutions where the girls were sheltered,” they said in a statement. “Violating the physical and spiritual integrity of any person, especially that of children, is under all circumstances repulsive.”

They said they would now consider how exactly to offer mediation and help to victims.

In February, newspaper NRC Handelsblad estimated the Church has so far committed to pay around 30-million euro ($40 million) in damages to victims identified by the commission.

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The Catechism offers a clear moral teaching: "Rape is the forcible violation of the sexual intimacy of another person. It does injury to justice and charity. Rape deeply wounds the respect, freedom, and physical and moral integrity to which every person has a right. It causes grave damage that can mark the victim for life. It is always an intrinsically evil act. Graver still is the rape of children committed by parents (incest) or those responsible for the education of the children entrusted to them." (no. 2356) Note that rape is "an intrinsically evil act," meaning that it is evil at its very root, nothing justifies it, and it is objectively a mortal sin. An evil act was done against me, a crime, by a priest at St Thomas More Parish in Durham, NH. An evil and a crime I will no longer keep silent about. Those who perpetrate crimes against children, especially those of the Roman Catholic Church, should all be punished for their crimes against children. Anything less would be criminal.

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