Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
Hundreds of deregistrations from the Roman Catholic Church
Updated: 25 Mar 2010, 10:29
Surprisingly many Roman Catholics have resigned from the church during the last three weeks. The Dutch Bishops’ Conference says there were 550 more resignations than usually. The resignations probably have to do with sexual abuse within the Catholic church and Catholic institutions.
in German; not in Dutch
Wir haben es nicht gewusst [We did not know].
These five words were the standard lame excuse in Germany after the downfall of the Hitler regime in 1945; the subterfuge by people who did know about the nazi crimes or would have known if they would have tried, but did nothing against those crimes. If someone says “Wir haben es nicht gewusst”, then he presumably lies.
That quote led to indignation inside and outside the church.
September 2018: of 3.5 million Dutch Roman Catholics, only 173,500 go to church regularly.
Punish Pope, Other Church Officials: Sex-Abuse Victim: here.
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