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    As a result of reported cases of child abuse by Roman Catholic priests and brothers in The Netherlands, a Dutch solicitor has formally accused the archdiocese of Utrecht and the diocese of Rotterdam of conspiracy. The charges being ill-founded were rejected by the public prosecutor. The present article points out that the charge of conspiracy was ill-considered and legally untenable under Dutch criminal law, because it could not be maintained that the archdiocese of Utrecht or the diocese of Rotterdam were parties to an agreement to commit the offences in question. Unfortunately child abuse and the tendency to keep it silent are a common problem in Dutch society, not only within the Roman Catholic Church, so it should be addressed accordingly. The Dutch Bishops’ Conference and representatives of congregations established in The Netherlands have set up a fact-finding committee under the expert guidance of the elder states-man Mr. Deetman to make an independent investigation into the facts and circumstances of sexual abuse of children within the ecclesiastical province of The Netherlands and to make recommendations for redress and compensation. The committee has submitted its report in December 2011. Like this the Dutch bishops and congregations have set an example how the problem of prescribed cases of child abuse within a complex social organization can be revealed and dealt with. For that purpose criminal law is a less appropriate instrument. It is satisfying to see that other organizations, religious and secular, have taken similar initiatives.


René Guldenmund
Mr. R.M.A. Guldenmund studeerde burgerlijk recht en internationaal recht, en was van 1984-1993 onderzoeker aan de Universiteit Utrecht. Sindsdien werkte hij als jurist aan verschillende ministeries. Hij publiceerde o.a. over de strafrechtelijke handhaving van het EU-gemeenschapsrecht. Thans werkt hij aan het proefschrift God in de publieke ruimte. rene@guldenmund.eu.
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Access_open Balanceren tussen volkssoevereiniteit en theocratie

Tijdschrift Tijdschrift voor Religie, Recht en Beleid, Aflevering 3 2011
Trefwoorden popular sovereignty, theocracy, christian political parties
Auteurs Emo Bos
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    Calvinist politicians have traditionally rejected the principle of people’s sovereignty as contrary to God’s sovereignty. However, over time, the majority of these politicians have used the term democracy, which basically means the same, although there has always been a minority seeking a theocracy or a Christian government. Nowadays, Christian politics will not pursue a Christian state, but it pleads for the right to religious liberty in which it finds the key to thinking about human rights and the rule of law.


Emo Bos
Mr. E. Bos was vanaf 1967 tot 2009 officier van justitie, kantonrechter, rechter, vicepresident en raadsheer-plaatsvervanger in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Dordrecht en Den Haag. Hij promoveerde in 2009 aan de Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam op het proefschrift Soevereiniteit en religie. Godsdienstvrijheid onder de eerste Oranjevorsten (Hilversum 2009).
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Access_open Tweeluik Religie en Publiek Domein

Handvatten voor gemeenten

Tijdschrift Tijdschrift voor Religie, Recht en Beleid, Aflevering 2 2010
Trefwoorden scheiding kerk en staat, gemeenten, subsidiëring
Auteurs Pien van den Eijnden en Joyce Overdijk-Francis
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    Governmental authorities have to deal with religion on a daily basis: via individual citizens or religious organisations, in the framework of subsidy applications or measures against the radicalisation of believers. More than a year after publication of ‘Religion and the public domain, guidelines for municipalities’, a joint production of the Association of the Netherlands Municipalities and the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom relations, we discuss the room for cooperation between the government and religious organisations within the limits of the principle of separation between church and state. Both the legal framework and practical examples from different municipalities will be brought up. Three rules (of play) are exemplified in particular, namely that contacts between government and religious organisations or parties on an ideological basis do not lead to a substantive involvement with the faith itself, or with internal church matters, that the contacts serve to realise non-faith related public goals and that the government is held tot treat religious organisations or parties on an ideological basis equally. Having regard to those rules (of play) cooperation is very well possible.


Pien van den Eijnden
Mw. mr. P.M. van den Eijnden is werkzaam als juridisch specialist bij de directie Constitutionele Zaken en Wetgeving (CZW) van het ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelaties.

Joyce Overdijk-Francis
Mw. mr. J.E. Overdijk-Francis is werkzaam als senior adviseur bij de Vereniging van Nederlandse Gemeenten (VNG).
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