Clerical sexual abuse in the Netherlands cover-up

This video from the USA says about itself:

Catholic Church’s systematic abuse cover-up in the USA

16 November 2014

The Pope played a leading role in a systematic cover-up of child sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

“Deetman intimidated abuse victims to prevent investigation by parliament”

Today, 00:53

Wim Deetman has intimidated board members of an organization that stands up for victims of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church to prevent a parliamentary inquiry. This reports Argos radio.

Deetman was chairman of the commission of inquiry into abuse in the church.

The commission was set up by the Roman Catholic Church in the Netherlands. Wim Deetman is a Christian Democrat Appeal party politician.

In December the final report of the Deetman commission was published. It showed that tens of thousands of children were abused between 1945 and 1981 at Catholic seminaries and boarding schools.

Compelling way

A few months later, four members of the victims’ organization KLOKK had a conversation with Deetman. He asked the four people “with binding effect” not to ask for a parliamentary investigation.

A parliamentary inquiry was initially a mandatory requirement by the victims. Two weeks before the meeting KLOKK wrote that there was “every reason” to urge a parliamentary investigation.


However, the board members gave in to the request by Deetman. Board member Annemie Knibbe: “Deetman actually wanted to force us to do no parliamentary inquiry”. Argos also says it has emails showing that Deetman had already long before pressured KLOKK to abandon the requirement for a parliamentary investigation.

Deetman said to have threatened to stop investigating if KLOKK survivors would keep insisting on parliamentary inquiry: here.

Sexually abusive Catholic priest relocated, not fired

This video from the USA says about itself:

Church Relocates Convicted Predator Priest To New Church

27 April 2016

A priest convicted of inappropriately touching a 19-year-old woman, has been reassigned to a new church. The priest has gone from San Diego to a new parish in Oklahoma. Ana Kasparian and Brett Erlich, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“Fr. Jose Alexis Davila was convicted of inappropriately touching a 19-year-old woman in San Diego in 2011. Like most priests who have been caught or convicted of sex acts, Davila went to another church. The problem, however, is no one at the church was told about his crimes.

When the church of the Blessed Sacrament in Lawton, Oklahoma was introduced to Davila they were told only that “he has pastoral experience in the United States” but nothing about his criminal past or even the name of his previous church. None of the members had any idea he was convicted for groping a teenager, according to KFOR News.”

Read more here.

Dutch clerical sexual child abuse cover-up update

This video says about itself:

Belgian Bishop Admits Sexual Abuse of Boy – Sends Shockwave through Belgium

23 April 2010

Belgium’s longest-serving bishop admits sexually abusing a boy (his nephew). This was officially revealed at a press conference on 23 April 2010. Prior to his resignation, he was bishop of Bruges, which is located in one of the more conservatively religious regions of Flanders.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The Dutch Religious Conference, the umbrella organization of [Roman Catholic] orders and congregations, has explicitly called upon victims of sexual abuse to complain “preferably” outside official procedures. …

A third

The Roman Catholic Church has in a third of all known cases of sexual abuse of children settled them internally, on condition of secrecy. That became apparent this morning from a study by NRC Handelsblad daily.

The Deetman committee, which investigated the sexual abuse within the church, had, quite the contrary, given the explicit advice to make all the settlements public.


President Guido Klabbers of the victims’ organization KLOKK also said today to NRC Handelsblad that all abuse cases must be published.

“This also applies to the cases settled through mediation and settlement. It should be clear for what crimes compensation was paid. And it can not be that victims should be silent again.” …

Most church organizations according to the NRC refuse to say anything about the secret settlements. The Friars of Tilburg admitted there were 64 victims through the Foundation for Management & Supervision, and they concluded 28 direct settlements and another five via mediation.

The Jesuits paid almost 900,000 euros to 24 victims after a direct settlement or mediation. They paid more than 400,000 euros to twelve people through public complaints. The Jesuits are willing to make the files public anonymously, if the survivors agree.

The same applies to the Salesians, who have paid a total of 1.5 million. Of these, 1 million went to 36 victims with mediation agreements.

Dutch clerical child abuse survivor interviewed

Marcel Roomans, on the left, with two brothers

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

“I will not let the perpetrators silence me again”

Today, 07:14

The 73-year-old Marcel Roomans was sexually abused in his boyhood at a Roman Catholic boys’ school in Maastricht. Roomans reached a settlement with the Friars of the Immaculate Conception of the Holy Virgin Mary in Maastricht, a congregation that had schools and boarding schools. He was at the Aloysius School in Maastricht.

When Roomans was in the third grade, a friar rubbed his genitals with ointment. Later he was abused by another friar in a pitch-dark closet at school. After ten minutes it was over. “He got an orgasm, I suppose,” Roomans said to NRC Handelsblad daily, which pays attention to all the secret settlements in cases of sexual abuse within the church.

“I was lured to the school with a gift. Often on Saturdays because the school then was practically empty. It was nasty, mean and devoid of humanity.”

The Deetman commission received sixty reports of sexual abuse by friars of that congregation. The Maastricht friars have arranged a total of 63 settlements. Of those abuse cases it is not known what exactly happened.

Roomans himself chose mediation. “I wanted to look the one who was responsible for the friars who had abused me in the eyes.”

Fellow victims did sign such [secret] agreements. Roomans: “Ah, how does that happen? You get four A4 pages in your hands and you want it to be finished. Then you might not read everything accurately.” Roomans received 37,000 euros.

Dutch Roman Catholic clerical child abuse cover-up

This 29 October 2015 video from the USA says about itself:

Spotlight: On The Reporters Behind The Film

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Many secret settlements on sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church

Today, 07:19

The Roman Catholic Church has settled a third of all known cases of child sexual abuse by church officials secretly under conditions of confidentiality. That happened against the explicit advice of the Deetman committee, which investigated the sexual abuse within the church.

Research by NRC Handelsblad daily found this out. The newspaper has read internal documents by ecclesiastical authorities.


In total, until the beginning of this year 342 cases have been settled outside the formal complaint procedure and are subject to confidentiality. In all these cases of sexual abuse therefore it remains unclear what exactly happened and what compensation victims have been awarded.

In 210 of these abuse cases the arrangement was made with the aid of a mediator. In the remaining cases it happened directly between the victims and the church. In total, according to NRC Handelsblad in the 342 secret settlements 10.6 million euros was paid in compensation.


In the two Oscars-winning movie Spotlight on the research of journalists from The Boston Globe about sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in Boston, there is a key scene in which this mechanism is explained.

The church’s lawyer who arranged the secret settlements with victims tells the journalists that there is no paper trail of these settlements, because the settlements were established through mediation.


The Deetman committee, which was established by the church itself to investigate the sexual abuse, advocated in its final report to deal with the abuse cases “based on transparency.” A complaint procedure was set up to be carried out by the Foundation for Management & Supervision, established in 2011.

The Foundation has settled until January 1 this year, 703 abuse cases whose nature and scope were published anonymously. In total religious institutions paid 21.3 million for these cases. About two hundred abuse cases have yet to be settled.


In many cases severe forms of sexual abuse were involved. 146 children were raped, sometimes often. The youngest known victim was from four years old on raped by the director, deputy director and two supervisors of the Don Bosco orphanage in Rotterdam of the Company of St John’s Crusaders. That continued from 1959 to 1966.

Most abuse took place at boarding schools and other schools. The oldest rape victim was 26. The rape victims were together paid a sum of eight million euros. The individual compensations were between 12,500 and 100,000 euros.

Silent again

In the agreements which were presented to the victims arranged by the various ecclesiastical authorities there was in many cases a provision on strict confidentiality. “Parties commit themselves again now and in the future to third parties to not comment negatively on each other as regards the development of this settlement, and the events which caused it.”

So, again victims have to be silent about the abuse, about which already the perpetrators ordered them to be silent when it was committed.


Such formulation was used in contracts in which mediators of Bureau Drieluik were involved: they concluded secret agreements involving the Maastricht Friars of the Immaculate Conception of the Holy Virgin Mary, the Salesians, the friars in Utrecht and Tilburg, the Brothers of the Christian Schools and the Brothers of Charity. Those orders had schools and boarding schools.

Both the victims’ organization KLOKK and the Foundation for Management & Supervision stress to NRC Handelsblad the importance of disclosing the secret settlements now. Those cases could include supporting evidence for proceedings that are ongoing.

There are 250 victims with a believable story, but lack of evidence.

Total costs

According to NRC Handelsblad, the total cost to the church for the handling of the abuse has increased to nearly 60 million. In this, the legal costs, office costs and potential lost collections revenue are not included.

The Hotline on Sexual Abuse, which falls under the church’s Independent Foundation for Management & Supervision of sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in the Netherlands, will in its annual report for 2015 report on the complaints processed and granted compensation, mediation and settlements. The annual report will be ready in the first week of April and will be published on their website.