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Tijdschrift Tijdschrift voor Religie, Recht en Beleid x Jaar 2012 x

    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 Grootayatollah Fadlallahs boodschap aan de Nederlandse moslims

‘Integratie is een religieuze plicht’

Tijdschrift Tijdschrift voor Religie, Recht en Beleid, Aflevering 1 2012
Trefwoorden Fadlallah, integratie, sjiisme, Nederland
Auteurs Joseph Alagha, Huub Damoiseaux en Arnout van Ree
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    The authors endeavour to provide new insights on the continuing Dutch debate on ‘immigration’, ‘integration’, and the assumed clash between Islam and Dutch norms, values, and culture. The late Lebanese ayatollah Fadlallah (1935-2010) specifically addressed the Dutch situation in 2005-2010. The article is based on interviews with him, his Dutch followers, and literary sources. It demonstrates that Fadlallah and his followers hold liberal views on contentious issues such as women’s rights, veiling, integration, and condemn violence and terrorism as exemplified by 9/11. On these grounds, the authors question the supposed incompatibility between Islam and integration, arguing that the precepts of practice cast doubt on the validity of such a contention.


Joseph Alagha
Dr. J. Alagha is voormalig docent Midden Oosten Studies aan het Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS). Hij is de auteur van drie peer-reviewed boeken: Hizbullah’s Identity Construction (2011), Hizbullah’s Documents (2011) en The Shifts in Hizbullah’s Ideology (2006): http://www.hum.leidenuniv.nl/lucis/lucis-signaleert/books-alagha.html. jalagha2001@yahoo.com.

Huub Damoiseaux
Mr. drs. H. Damoiseaux studeerde Rechten (UU) en Politicologie (UvA). huubdamoiseaux@gmail.com.

Arnout van Ree
A. van Ree is BA Geschiedenis (scriptie over Hizbullah en diens integratie in de politieke arena van 1991 tot 2009) en MA-student Area Studies: Asia and the Middle East aan de Universiteit Leiden. ptsa.van.ree@gmail.com.
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Access_open Lichtend voorbeeld of dwaallicht?

Het Nederlandse model van de verhouding tussen overheid en religie in theorie en praktijk

Tijdschrift Tijdschrift voor Religie, Recht en Beleid, Aflevering 1 2012
Trefwoorden Kerk en staat, beleidsmodel, pragmatisme, Nederland
Auteurs Lars Nickolson
SamenvattingAuteursinformatie

    In the Netherlands, a national model for church-state relations is often put forward as the guiding light for authorities struggling with governance dilemmas related to religion. This model supposedly represents ‘The Dutch Way’ of dealing with religion and is, among other things, linked to multiculturalism, a pragmatic outlook, and typically Dutch historical processes like pillarization. This paper examines whether this model holds up in practice. It argues that the Dutch model does not suffice as an accurate description of current policy practices at the local level and that, given various underlying processes that influence this practice, this model also does not provide a credible normative guideline for the future. Dutch society has undergone significant changes, and the Dutch model should be rethought accordingly.


Lars Nickolson
L. Nickolson MA is beleidsmedewerker van FORUM - Instituut voor Multiculturele Vraagstukken in Utrecht. L.nickolson@forum.nl.
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