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Pope tells Dutch bishops to 'look after sex-abuse victims'

Netherlands still shocked by 2012 child castration reports

02 December, 15:24
Pope tells Dutch bishops to 'look after sex-abuse victims' (ANSA) - Vatican City, December 2 - Pope Francis on Monday called on Dutch bishops visiting the Vatican to "continue to look after" victims of sex abuse "in their painful path of healing, undertaken with courage". The international priest sex-abuse scandal hit the Netherlands hard in 2012, when reports surfaced that Dutch Church officials in the 1950s took retribution against 10 children who reported sex abuse by having them castrated. Archbishop of Utrecht Willem Jacobus Eijk told Vatican Radio Monday that public criticism of the Catholic Church in the Netherlands has softened in recent years as officials have shown greater attention to victims than in the past.

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