The Netherlands is supposedly experiencing a big “scandal” – and I say that in quotations because frankly, and contrary to the AP’s bullshit quote that the pedophile movement is reviled, it isn’t at all, because if were, like happens to anything “reviled” in every European country, they would have outlawed any kind of behavior they disapprove off – it now looks like even some members the church there are saying it’s much ado about nothing, and that it’s often A-OK.
AMSTERDAM (AP) – 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.
Europe, and especially the Netherlands, has a lot of people that agree with this priest’s view that quite often this stuff is just fine. Soon it will be fine all the time. A decade or so down the line it will be normalized. That slippery slope argument that gets dismissed so eagerly by everyone that thinks their fight to normalize whatever kind of behavior most feel is fringe but they don’t, gets harder and harder to ignore with revelations like this. There are consequences such drastic societal changes, no matter how well intended, and they always end up being things that open the door to more harmful changes. Then again, the Dutch are also at the forefront of the movement to just outright euthanize those expensive older people, so maybe these things will all end up canceling each other out.