Questionable Motives

February 28, 2010

Are we surprised?

From Radio Netherlands comes this peek into the RC church and its claim that it holds the moral high ground:

Amid the high-profile child sexual abuse scandals in the United States and other European countries, the reputation of the Roman Catholic Church in the Netherlands has remained unsullied. But a joint investigation by Radio Netherlands Worldwide and NRC Handelsblad reveals that this is unjustified.

And imagine this:

Two years ago, dissatisfied with the attitude taken by the Dutch bishops, Yvo van Kuijck, now vice-president of the District Court in Arnhem, resigned along with the entire Assessment and Advisory Committee. Priests guilty of abuse in one parish were simply transferred to another parish where they were free to find new victims. “Not only is that unprofessional, it’s inconceivable.”

Inconceivable? Really? After the “Crimen Solicitations” document was made public?


It would be inconceivable if the sexual assaults and rapes of children did NOT continue with such officially sanctioned protections from the pope himself solidly entrenched in the policies and procedures for the abusers.

This story isn’t surprising; it shows that as far as the Roman Catholic Church is concerned , it’s just business as usual.


  1. Do you realize that the number of priests involved is less than one half of one percent? 250 priests out of 47,000

    Do you realize the protestant churches have upwards of 10%?

    Why pick on the Catholic church? Please read this

    Comment by 4amzgkids — February 28, 2010 @ 8:48 pm | Reply

    • I “pick on” the catholic church because it’s an organization that is morally and ethically bankrupt at its core. It has been and continues to be a force for injustice, bigotry, suffering, ignorance, superstition, and is an active agent against human rights, universal suffrage, and the dignity of personhood. It is an abomination.

      Besides that, no reason in particular.

      Comment by tildeb — March 1, 2010 @ 3:23 pm | Reply

  2. “Do you realize the protestant churches have upwards of 10%?”

    And that is your defence of religion? Blame the other guys they are worse than us?

    Comment by misunderstoodranter — March 1, 2010 @ 8:19 pm | Reply

  3. All lies tildeb, you are so lost.

    Mur, I state the obvious fact here. While it is all WRONG…..the Catholic church always gets singled out. It’s ridiculous.

    Comment by 4amzgkids — March 1, 2010 @ 11:45 pm | Reply

    • The catholic church is singled out because it is unique, not because some of its priests rape children, but because the organization itself – it’s hierarchy obeying the policies and procedures laid down by its leadership – is in collusion not with what is morally right, not with the victims, not with the law, not with bringing criminals to justice, but with its primary mission to pretend the problem doesn’t even exist, or that it is an unfortunate byproduct of a few sick clergy, or that the victims are making the whole thing up, or that the church didn’t know, and so on. The litany of excuses never ends. In the meantime, priests are protected from prosecution by the church through intentional relocation often across international boundaries, through secretive therapy that does not work, through repeated chances to repent and reform only to re-offend, through papal instructions on how to best silence the victims, silence any priests who wish to speak out, silence the hierarchy from establishing any official responsibility, and avoid any association between itself and the crimes committed under its watch by those employed to represent it. All of these practices are well documented yet no one – not one single pope or cardinal – is willing to take responsibility for this obvious institutionalized collusion. And that makes the church and its leaderships cowards of the worst kind, absolutely hypocritical to pretend that they can possibly be spokesmen – and it’s always men – for a church that supposedly has any merit proclaiming its role to describe and defend morality.

      Comment by tildeb — March 2, 2010 @ 2:50 pm | Reply

  4. Not as ridiculous as a church that condemns homosexuality but covers up the fact that their priests have anal sex with boys.

    Comment by misunderstoodranter — March 2, 2010 @ 6:16 am | Reply

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