Monday, November 29, 2010

Church paid to hush up abuse

http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2010/11/catholic_order_paid_16000_to_h.php
Catholic order paid €16,000 to hush up abuse
Friday 26 November 2010

A man abused as a child by seven priests from the Salesian order in the 1940s and 1950s was paid €16,000 for his silence, the NRC and Radio Netherlands report on Friday.

One of the seven was Jan ter Schure, who later became a bishop in Den Bosch, the paper says. Ter Schure died in 2003.

Documents also show that Rotterdam bishop Ad van Luyn refused a request from the victim to make the case public in 2008. Van Luyn, also a Salesian, was a classmate of the victim and head of the movement for years.

In March it emerged at least three Salesian priests connected to the Don Rua monastery had abused youngsters in their care in the 1960s and 70s.

Over 1,000 people who claim to be victims of sexual abuse within the Catholic church have since registered with the government commission investigating the widening scandal.

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