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LITTERAE COMMUNIONIS •2016-2017

THE NETHER LANDS

PRESIDENT HIS LORDSHIP MGR. JOHANNES VAN DEN HENDE BISHOP OF ROTTERDAM

SEXUAL ABUSE On 28 June 2016, the previous Deetman Committee, the committee which was carrying out an independent investigation into sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church, published a closing report. This report provides a summary of what the Catholic ecclesiastical Province in the Netherlands has done over the last five years to give assistance to victims of sexual abuse and to minors who were victims of violence by priests and religious. The general conclusion here is that the Catholic Church has become aware that acknowledging, compensating and assisting the victims also serves a public function. In this conclusion of its report, the Deetman Committee based itself on what the Catholic Church has done to acknowledge the suffering inflicted and what compensation and assistance it offered. The Catholic Church also assumed ‘responsibility for the complaints about sexual abuse which could not be made with sufficient credibility. This task, for which there was a broad call also by Parliament, has been completed’, the Deetman Committee concludes. Link to the closing report (PDF).

use. From that date the new text has been used in the liturgy. The translation was the work of a joint commission (Commissio mixta) from the Netherlands and Flanders, which is working on new translations of several liturgical texts.

NEW TRANSLATION OF “THE OUR FATHER” On Sunday 27 November 2016, at the beginning of Advent in the Netherlands and Belgium, a new translation of the Lord’s Prayer came into

ELECTIONS During the country’s elections in March 2017, the Dutch Bishops sent out a joint letter encouraging everyone to get out and vote.

Photos by Ramon Mangold. Tekst AK, Utrecht, June 2017

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SECRETARY GENERAL MS. SUZAN DAALMANS

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CLOSING THE YEAR OF MERCY On Tuesday 15 November 2016, about 2,000 Dutch citizens walked through the Holy Door of the Basilica of Saint Peter. They were on a pilgrimage to Rome with bishops and Catholic organisations as part of the Holy Year of Mercy. In Saint Peter’s, they celebrated Mass on ‘Nederlandse Dag’ (‘Dutch Day’) with almost all the Dutch bishops and Cardinal Eijk as main celebrant, after which Pope Francis addressed them. Cardinal Eijk, on behalf of the Dutch Bishops, took this opportunity to give Pope Francis a booklet entitled ‘Herbergzaam Nederland’ (‘Hospitable Netherlands’), providing an overview of the commitment in many places in the Dutch church province on behalf of refugees and foreigners. Link to the summary of the Dutch work in connection with refugees and foreigners, Herbergzaam Nederland (PDF).

Litterae Communions 2017 (English version)  

CCEE Litterae communionis contains the annual report (June 2016 - June 2017) of Bishops' Conferences in Europe.

Litterae Communions 2017 (English version)  

CCEE Litterae communionis contains the annual report (June 2016 - June 2017) of Bishops' Conferences in Europe.

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