Dutch Catholic bishops announced an independent inquiry Tuesday into allegations of sexual abuse of children by priests at church schools, and apologised to victims.

“Bishops and religious workers offer their deep-felt sympathy and apologies to those who were victims of abuse in Catholic boarding schools,” the Dutch Bishops Conference said in a statement released after the top bishops met in the central city of Zeist.

The independent inquiry follows more than 200 reports of sexual abuse filed with the Church victims' support organisation Hulp en Recht (Help and Law) in recent days.

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