Dutch clerical sexual abuse of children

This video says about itself, translated from Dutch:

A boy (Jelle) brings a symbolic white rose to a St. Francis statue in order to come to terms with the abuse / maltreatment in the boys’ boarding school St. Mary of the Angels of the Franciscan order in Bleijerheide, the Netherlands.

Translated from Dutch news agency ANP:

“Compensation for abuse at boarding school

Published: August 31, 2010 6:08

HILVERSUM – The Franciscan friars must pay money to compensate for the sexual abuse in the former Franciscan boys’ boarding school at St. Mary of the Angels in Kerkrade‘s Bleijerheide district .

This Monday, lawyer Bob van der Goen said this in the TV show Knevel & Van den Brink.

Van der Goen defends the interests of Mea Culpa United, which unites victims of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy.


According to the lawyer, in the past at least fourteen friars have certainly abused pupils. He relies on the testimonies of 39 former pupils of the boarding school.

The lawyer said that the Franciscan brothers this Tuesday would find a letter on their doormat with a request to take responsibility for the abuse and to compensate the survivors. If they do not, he will start a court case.

See on the Kerkrade case also here.

According to Limburg regional TV L1, out of 20 monks teaching at the school, 14 are said to have sexually abused boys.

This is a Dutch TV video on the Kerkrade case.

Dutch Salesian abuse affair: here.

The Catholic church has been accused of being deeply misogynist, intolerant of gay people and monarchical by members of a group calling for change within its ranks: here.

Pope not punishing Belgian sexual abuse bishop: here.

British Cold War assassinations

This video is called The Mafia, CIA and George Bush.

From AFP news agency:

Britain carried out Cold War assassinations: Le Carré

Sun Aug 29, 12:36 am ET

LONDON – Britain carried out assassinations during the Cold War, novelist and former secret agent John le Carré told The Sunday Telegraph newspaper.

The espionage writer worked for Britain’s domestic and external intelligence agencies during the 1950s and 1960s.

“Certainly we did very bad things. We did a lot of direct action. Assassinations, at arm’s length. Although I was never involved,” said the 79-year-old, whose real name is David Cornwell.