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Dutch Catholic Priest Pedophilia Endorsement Shocks Church

Dutch Catholic Priest Pedophilia Endorsement Shocks Church

Robert Spencer co-religionist supports pedophilia. Will we be seeing this story on JihadWatch? Imagine if these priests were Muslim, Islam would be blamed instantly.

Dutch Catholic Priest Pedophilia Endorsement Shocks Church

AMSTERDAM — The Dutch Catholic Church and the Salesian order are investigating revelations that a Salesian priest served on the board of a group that promotes pedophilia with the full knowledge of his boss.

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.

The group is widely reviled but not outlawed.

“Of course we reject this and distance ourselves from this personal initiative” on the part of the priest, Spronck said in a statement. “Membership in such organizations does not fit with the ethos of the Salesian order.”

However, Spronck’s own superior in Belgium said he will investigate both Spronck and Van B., after both men were quoted by RTL Nieuws as saying such relationships aren’t always harmful.

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.

“Society thinks these relationships are harmful. I disagree,” RTL quoted Van B. as saying. He served on Martijn’s board from 2008 until 2010, when its founder was arrested for alleged possession of child pornography, a case that is ongoing.

Van B. told RTL he remains a member of Martijn and now lives in a retirement home in eastern Netherlands.

In a second interview, RTL quoted Spronck as saying he was aware of Van B.’s pedophilia and membership in Martijn, and even of two instances where the priest had been fined by police for exposing himself in public. But he said he didn’t think that was sufficient reason to ban him from the order.

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10 Comments »

  1. “Robert Spencer co-religionist supports pedophilia.”
    -How do you get that out of this article? What a joke, anything to get the spot light off of the real problem, Islam.

    “Will we be seeing this story on JihadWatch?”
    -Why would we? It has nothing to do with Jihad. I seems to think that Robert Spencer exposes Islam and that scares the living day lights out of you.

  2. @Idiotsonboard
    Of course, Mr. Idiot; A Christian Dutch Priest, That’s it.
    You understood the “story on JihadWatch” quite literally, Mr. Idiotsonboard.
    The post is a What If They Were Muslim? one; That means, If those were Muslims, Islam would be directly blamed; however, when a Priest accepts Pedophilia, Why isn’t Christianity blamed? Why would Spencer shut up on stories of “evil” such as this and hope only to “Expose Islam”
    Mr. Idiot, “The real problem” is that Islam is seen as the base of Evil and as uniquely, inherently and actually violent, in light of actual evidence, This is not true. Want to read more? See Spencerwatch.com

  3. Frankly, I am sick of the “what if they were Muslim” crap.

  4. I fail to see how anyone of any sensibility and sanity can fail to see the horror of this exposure. Only a supporter of child sexual abuse would find anything other than disgust for this apparent endorsement of paedophilia and the failure of ecclesiastical authorities to distance themselves and shun the priest.

    Attacking Islam and Muslims because one has asked a pertinent question is putting the cart before the horse.

    Be nice. Keep it clean. Stay on topic. No spam.

  5. “Robert Spencer co-religionist supports pedophilia.”

    This is an unbelievable charge to be leveled against Robert Spencer. Where does the hate come from? Try looking in the mirror.

  6. @ahmed,

    i don’t know who this spencer is???? but do you not find it funny “Spencer shut up on stories of “evil” such as this and hope only to “Expose Islam” Mr. Idiot, “The real problem” is that Islam is seen as the base of Evil” isn’t that what all abrahmic relioions are?????

    watch out for damnation…..halima, what do u think???

  7. the catholics have much in common with the muslims…..you can marry a 6 or 9 year old. but don’t have sex with her until she menstruates. Mr. Idiot, “The real problem” is that Islam is seen as the base of Evildoes no one else find it funny that “god’s” prophet set such as poor example? oh shit it must be historical perspective? halima, naseereh. lawana, what do u think about having sex with a 12 year old post – pubesnet “girl/woman” ????? god didn’t want to forgo….HE is a perv, by all accounts????????

  8. Mr. Idiot is missing the point. The media treat Islam different than other religions. If there is a hint of Islam in a perpetrator of a crime the religion is almost always associated with the perpetrator or in some cases even the crime. This is less likely the case when the perpetrator is associated with another religion.

  9. I might add, I don’t agree with this policy regardless of the religion that the media attempts to smear. But sometimes you have to use examples to show the bias.

  10. The allegation is floating around Twitter, and Spencer ignores it.

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