Sexual abuse of minors in the Roman Catholic Church - (read)
In the early months of 2010 a growing number of reports appeared about sexual
abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in the Netherlands. The responsible authorities
in the Roman Catholic Church were unable to provide answers to many of the
question that were raised. What did the authorities know about the abuse? How
widespread was the abuse? How were complaints from victims and their parents
dealt with? The calls for answers to these questions grew steadily louder.
At the request of the Conference of Bishops and the Dutch Religious Conference
(KNR), in May 2010 drs. W.J. (Wim) Deetman drafted a proposal for an independent
inquiry into the facts and circumstances surrounding sexual abuse of minors who
had been entrusted to the responsibility of institutions and parishes of the Roman
Catholic Church in the Netherlands in the period from 1945 to 2010.