The priest had been a board member of a lobbying group advocating sex between adults and children.

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Yet another sicko hiding under a 'dog-collar' so to speak......Closer to Church, further from God....... Read more:

After I had read the precious two entries of today,
2011 May 24 (2) Ė Catholic priest was member of paedophile promotion group
2011 May 24 (3) Ė Dutch Salesian leader sacked for paedophilia comments
still further news about this event came before my eyes und I now bring excerpts from them and also reader comments to it:

 

Dutch Catholic order hit by pedophile group scandal

A Roman Catholic order of priests sacked its leader in the Netherlands and disciplined another priest Monday after the two publicly defended pedophile sex, an issue haunting the worldwide Church in recent years.

The scandal erupted over the weekend when RTL radio reported the priest, named only as Rev. Van B, had been a board member of a lobbying group advocating sex between adults and children. He told RTL that few children suffered from such relationships.

Asked about the case, Rev. Herman Spronck, leader of the Dutch Salesians, said he agreed pedophile sex could be accepted.

"Herman Spronck is no longer the delegate from the Salesian delegation in the Netherlands," his superior Rev. Jos Claes, leader of the Salesians in Belgium and the Netherlands, told RTL. "We fully distance ourselves from the words we find in your interview with Herman Spronck."

Rev. Van B "can longer perform any pastoral duties as of today," he added.

The Dutch Salesians used to run boarding schools where many of the 2,000 complaints of clerical sexual abuse of boys emerged when the scandal broke there last year. It has admitted to paying hush money to some victims.

An independent commission investigating abuse cases dating back to 1945 has found that the Netherlands ranks worst behind only Ireland in a scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church in Europe and the United States.

The abuse scandal has badly damaged the reputation of the Catholic Church. Pope Benedict has apologised for the scandals and last week issued tougher new guidelines for churches around the world to make fighting clerical sex abuse a top priority.

While many priests have been exposed as molesters, very few have defended sex with minors. The radio said Van B. had twice been arrested for exposing himself to children.

Claes said in a statement the Salesians had set up an inquiry into Van B's membership in the group. "Membership in such an association, and its views, are not consistent with our Salesian identity and educational project," he said.

Wim Deetman, head of the independent commission investigating the scandals, has said most cases happened decades ago and could no longer be prosecuted. The commission had a list of about 1,000 suspected abusers but only six had confessed their guilt.

 

Now the view of a reader:

Finally, an honest priest who admits that child rape isnít a big deal in the Catholic church.
Another honest one is Bishop Vangheluwe of Belgium, who admitted he had sex with his nephew from age 5-18, then he had sex with the other nephew. Itís not new because he had sex with children, or that they were his nephews, or that he was a bishop.
The new part was that he was honest - he said sex with children (and his nephews) and said it was no big deal.
We are finally beginning to see why priests and bishops in the Catholic church donít speak up against child rape. They think itís no big deal. These priests should be commended for being honest, then thrown in a dungeon.
Parents - keep your kids out of the church. They donít think child rape is a big deal.

Here is again what a reader has to say:

Yet another sicko hiding under a 'dog-collar' so to speak......Closer to Church, further from God.......

 

And now some more quotations:

 

Dutch Catholic Church investigation after revelation priest worked for group that promotes paedophilia.

Dutch Catholic Church spokesman Pieter Kohnen said Saturday that, even with sex abuse scandals rocking the church worldwide, this particular case was 'unbelievable' and the church utterly rejects paedophilia.

Dutch Catholic Church spokesman Pieter Kohnen quickly weighed in saying that, even with all the sex abuse scandals involving the church, this one seemed unbelievable because the church clearly rejects pedophilia (or so he would like to believe).

Dutch Catholic priest believes pedophilia is A-OK, shocks church

Priest endorses child molestation

 

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