Welcome to the Apostolic Society's external reporting centre
You can contact the reporting centre if you have experienced denial, constraint and emotional pain during your membership of the Apostolic Society and you are looking for independent help to process this.
Background of the reporting centre
The board of the Apostolic Society released a statement on 11 October 2020. In this statement, sincere apologies have been offered on behalf of the Apostolic Society to anyone who, as a member or as a former member, has experienced denial, constraint and emotional pain because of the organisational culture that prevailed, in particular, before the turn of the century and/or resulting actions of pastoral carers within the Apostolic Society.
This statement, the result of a reflection process of 6 months, was explained on the same day by the chairman of the board, Mr A. Wiegman, in a video message to the members of the Apostolic Society.
From May to November 2020, experiences were shared in more than 140 meetings. The board of the Apostolic Society wants to continue to offer the opportunity to enter into (further) discussion and/or to appeal to professional support or another form of help.
Because every person is unique and requires a personal approach, an independent, external reporting centre has been opened, where members and former members can receive help to process their apostolic past. This reporting centre is in addition to the confidential advisor appointed in 2008, who can contact those who have had to deal with undesirable behaviour by pastoral carers.
How it works
If necessary, direct referrals can be made to accessible help, guidance and/or support to process the apostolic past. This can be done, for example, by referring to a care provider and/or, if there is a need to share the personal story/experiences, by offering a meeting with an internal or external confidential advisor or otherwise.
There are two situations in which members and former members must explain their application orally before an advisory committee. This is the case if the board needs to acknowledge and/or apologise for the normative and thus uniform culture at the time and/or when there is a need for a different type of compensation (such as material or financial). At the request of the applicant, the advisory committee can subsequently issue advice to the board. The advice of the advisory committee is substantial. The board ultimately decides on the application.