Netherlands- Dutch bishop molests kids

For immediate release: Friday, April 11

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, [email protected])

Catholic officials admit that a controversial Dutch bishop sexually assaulted at least two boys. Our hearts ache for their victims. And we are outraged that church officials hid the bishop's crimes so long and describe them in such vague, self-serving ways, saying he “had violated the privacy of a former student grossly.  

We hope that every single person who sees, suspects and suffers clergy sex crimes and cover ups will find the courage to speak up, expose wrongdoers, protect kids and start healing. 

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 15,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, [email protected])  

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  • Theresa Meehan
    commented 2015-09-23 14:06:06 -0500
    Incest, sexuality and Catholic family culture
    Langlois, Patricia Pryde (1996) Incest, sexuality and Catholic family culture. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland. 256 pages
    Much scholarly activity has centered around sexual abuse of children perpetrated by Catholic clergy. However, comparatively little work has focused on sexual abuse of children within Catholic family contexts. This thesis explores the social construction of sexuality and gender relations within Catholic families in which incest has occurred. Particular attention is paid to: first, the significance of the gendered division of labour endorsed by Catholic ideology; second, Catholic ideology’s rigid regulation of sexuality; and third, the importance of Catholic identity in the construction of gender and sexual identities. — The theoretical framework assumes that women’s experiences of oppression within a dominant patriarchal order provide an epistemically advantageous starting point for sociological research. Starting from the standpoint of women incest survivors, the thesis tracks the “points of rupture” along an emergent “line of fault” between Catholic ideology and the women’s actual experiences within Catholic families (Smith, 1987; 1990). — A feminist, qualitative, participatory action methodology is employed. The methods include a process of multiple, in-depth interviews and focus group discussions designed to encourage interaction and feedback among the participants and researcher, and textual analysis of official writings on Catholic marriage, family life and sexuality. — Study findings suggest that a variety of practices reinforced Catholic family and sexual ideology. A gendered division of labour in families contributed to the dis-empowerment of women and children. Shame about sexuality, combined with the silence about and fear of sexuality in these families, contributed to the onset and continuation of incest. The thesis concludes by drawing upon the incest survivors’ reconstructed gender, sexual and, in some cases, Catholic identities to generate a vision of gender and sexual relations which are more empowering for women and children.

    Theresa Meehan – Ex wife of victim of CSA by priest in El Paso Texas, Parochial High School/ turned perpetrator
    Silver City, NM
    [email protected]
    575 388-4670

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