Leaving the Church

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This article is part of the RNW archive. RNW is the former Radio Netherlands Worldwide or Wereldomroep, which was founded as the Dutch international public broadcaster in 1947. In 2011, the Dutch government decided to cut funding and shift RNW from the ministry of Education, Culture and Science to the ministry of Foreign Affairs. More information about RNW Media’s current activities can be found at https://www.rnw.org/about-rnw-media.

In 2010, more than 20,000 Dutch Roman Catholics officially broke their ties with the Church. That's an increase of 25 percent in one year and some of these people are citing the on-going child sex abuse scandal as the reason they no longer wish to be Catholics.