The diocese of Roermond is advising parishes, municipalities and individuals to replace their Jesus on the cross statues with plastic copies to prevent them from being stolen. According to diocese spokesperson Matheu Bemelmans, the number of thefts and vandalism on these statues or statues of Maria increased over the past year, ANP reports.
A 37-year-old priest was reprimanded by the bishop in Den Bosch for accepting money from a deeply religious, elderly woman. The 89-year-old woman gave over 100 thousand euros to the priest between 2011 and 2015, the Volkskrant reports.
If the priest accepts any more money from the woman, he will be suspended.
One of the woman's nephews discovered the money transfers. "What my aunt does with her money is her free choice", he said to the Volkskrant. "But I think this is a matter of indoctrination by a priest of a deeply religious woman."
The diocese of Groningen/Friesland is paying a total of 700 thousand euros in compensation to two victims of sexual abuse within the diocese, according to the annual report of Hotline Sexual Abuse Roman Catholic Church
The office of the archbishop in Utrecht used almost €42,000 of an inheritance that was obtained to help "the most forgotten and outcast of society" to buy Sinterklaas- and Christmas presents. Staff members of the pastorship received a bonus of €30,000.
Cardinal Eijk has a priest from Maarssen suspended for one year, because he failed to finish a prayer in April.