Dutch Cardinal shielded paedophile priest

10th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

Former archbishop and current Dutch Cardinal Ad Simonis has protected a paedophile priest since the late 1980s, research by Dutch journalists has revealed. The cardinal knew about the man’s paedophile past when he transferred him to a parish in Amersfoort, where the priest again sexually abused children.

The priest himself says the cardinal did nothing to monitor how the situation developed.

The Dutch prosecution service says six of the priest’s victims reported incidents to the police from 1987 to 2008. Dozens of children in total are thought to have been abused.

Responding to questions about the case, Cardinal Simonis says that “a well-known behavioural psychologist had said it was safe to appoint the priest to a new post."

The revelations follow research by Radio Netherlands Worldwide, the .

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