Dutch bishop abused children, keeps knighthood

This video from the USA says about itself:

8 May 2014

As UN Torture Committee Probes Vatican, Sex-Abuse Survivors Urge Church to End Decades-Long Cover-up.

In Britain, ‘media personality’ Jimmy Savile abused many, maybe 1,000 children, as the public found out after his death. Savile was a Knight of the Vatican. The Vatican said they could not revoke that order of knighthood.

Now, translated from Dutch daily De Volkskrant today, about ultra-conservative Bishop Jo Gijsen, also after his death:

Bishop Gijsen keeps royal honour

05/12/14, 16:29

It is not possible to revoke the royal honour of the deceased bishop of Roermond Jo Gijsen, writes Mayor Peter Cammaert of Roermond in response to questions from a resident of Baexem who asked to posthumously revoke Gijsen‘s knighthood because of the bishop’s sexual abuse of two boys.

Gijsen in 1993 was made a Knight of the Order of the Dutch Lion. Cammaert writes that medals can only be annulled if someone has been convicted to one or more years in prison.

The committee about complaints of sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church recently declared two complaints about abuse by Gijsen valid, but the bishop was never convicted by a judge.

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