Dutch bishops destroyed incriminating evidence of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. Secret archives of the diocese of Den Bosch, which showed that priests had committed abuse, were shredded.
A statement by a Dutch historian says that a 1990s investigation of the diocese's archives revealed that documents pertaining to sexual abuse were missing. Copies of the statement are in the possession of Radio Netherlands Worldwide and daily NRC Handelsblad.
Historian Eric Theloosen reported his findings to the Deetman Commission in September. The commission, which is investigating child sex abuse in the church, never sent a reaction to the historian.
Roman Catholic spokespersons deny that the removal of the documents was a cover-up.
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