Saturday, May 21, 2011

Sickening. A Disgrace to the Salesians.

Even after the horrible revelations of the past decade, this seems beyond belief.

The Associated Press is reporting that a Dutch Salesian Priest sits on the board of a group that actually promotes and endorses pedophila. They refer to him as "Father Van B" and he has a long and rotten history.

"The order's top official in the Netherlands, Delegate Herman Spronck, confirmed in a statement that the priest — identified by RTL Nieuws as 73-year-old "Father Van B." — served on the board of "Martijn," a group that campaigns to end the Dutch ban on adult-child sex."

But if the AP is accurate Spronck is rotten, too. According to the article, Spronck himself has said in an interview that sex between children and adults is not always harmful. Absolutely nauseating. The AP says:

"Superior Jos Claes told Belgian television on Saturday he 'couldn't imagine' that both men would not be disciplined, but said he must make sure of the facts first."

Disciplined? If true, they should be kicked out right away!

"Dutch Catholic Church spokesman Pieter Kohnen said Saturday that, even with sex abuse scandals rocking the church worldwide, this particular case was 'unbelievable' and the church utterly rejects pedophilia. He said if Superior Claes did not act quickly to reform the Dutch Salesian order's leadership, the matter would be referred to Rome."

Posted by Gibbons J. Cooney

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry that yet another revelation of a fallen priest brings such pain to so many faithful priests and laity alike. It seems like a slow bleed that never ends! That said, I am greatful for shepherds like you that persevere in the pursuit of the salvation of souls by continuing to speak the truth to counter the pervasive evil both within and outside the Church. I pray for your continued strength and courage despite any possible negative backlash that this may have on you and your fellow Salesians, and thank you for this blog and your guidance! Caren