He was bishop of the Diocese of Rotterdam from October 19, 1983, to March 13, 1993, as well as bishop of the Dutch military ordinariate. He resigned unexpectedly because of rumours of homosexual contacts.
Roman Catholic sex abuse case
In 2011, Bär's name was mentioned in connection with a sex abuse case involving a Roman Catholic priest, who reportedly abused dozens of children in the period from 1987 to 2008: "The cardinal [Cardinal Simonis] was told by the then bishop of Rotterdam, Philippe Bär, that the priest had sexually abused underage boys in his parish in Zoetermeer. Bishop Bär wanted the priest out of his diocese. Archbishop Simonis then arranged for the man to be moved to a parish in Amersfoort."
Cardinal Adrianus Johannes Simonis
- Bishop Ronald Philippe Bär, O.S.B. at Catholic-Hierarchy.org.
- Henk Mulder. "De sex en de machinaties in het Rolduc van Gijsen" (Dutch). De Volkskrant, August 31, 1999.
|Catholic Church titles|
|Apostolic vicar of the Military vicariate of the Netherlands
|Elevated to an Ordinariate|
|New title||Ordinary of the Military Ordinariate of the Netherlands
Sede vacante since 1993
Adrianus Johannes Simonis
|Bishop of Rotterdam
Adrianus van Luyn
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