Translated from Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad:
Vatican punishes Dutch bishop for child abuse
by Joep Dohmen
The Vatican half a year ago prohibited the Dutch bishop of the Diocese of Ngong in Kenya from saying mass after allegations of sexual abuse of underage boys. The issue was not publicized. This is the first time that the Vatican has punished a Dutch bishop because of child abuse.
The bishop, Monsignor Cor Schilder (69), left Kenya in early August 2009, officially for health reasons. Since then he is in a home of his congregation, the Missionaries of Mill Hill in Oosterbeek. The superior of the congregation in the Netherlands, Fons Eppink, confirmed to NRC Handelsblad and Radio Netherlands Worldwide that the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples in Rome has taken measures against Schilder.
“He is not allowed to say mass in public or to perform pastoral duties.” – Fons Eppink
The punishment in practice means Schilder cannot work as a priest. Schilder was in Kenya for nearly forty years. Since 2003, he was a bishop.
Fons Eppink was superior of the Mill Hill Missionaries in Kenya when the allegations emerged against the bishop. Eppink: “I have asked the Nuncio of the Vatican and the Archbishop of Kenya for a canon law investigation. Then, the Vatican took measures.” The police were not informed.
… Schilder himself does not reply to questions.
The accusations against Schilder are from a man who is now 32 years. He is a member of the Masai, a nomadic tribe, and says that, at the age of fourteen, he was raped by Schilder, who was not yet a bishop then. The man also accused another, now deceased, Dutch Mill Hill missionary.
Against a third Mill Hill missionary there is still an investigation by the Catholic aid agency Hulp en Recht. This father is said to have, after his return from Kenya, abused an underage girl in the mission house in Hoorn, North Holland.
According to the public prosecutor’s office, the abuse in Kenya may also be prosecuted in the Netherlands.
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