[Vatican and Dutch Church support and rejoice at victory of incumbent Socialist party favoring EU secularizing and Islamicizing policies]
From Catholic World News
March 16, 2017: Vatican newspaper: stakes high in Dutch election
In a front-page L’Osservatore Romano op-ed piece, Luca Possati argued that the stakes were high in the Dutch general election, which pitted the party of incumbent Prime Minister Mark Rutte against the party of Geert Wilders, who has spoken out against the “Islamization of the Netherlands.”
Possati’s piece was published in the March 16 edition, before the final results of the March 15 election were released. Though his party lost seats in the legislature, Rutte won the election.
Possati said that the Dutch vote, following the Brexit and US presidential votes, will influence the upcoming French and German elections. He asked whether Dutch voters would “prefer to rely on easy solutions—closure in confrontation with the immigrants, protectionism—or decide to continue to believe in a project, that of the [European] Union, which remains one of the major achievements reached after the Second World War.”
March 17, 2017: Dutch Catholic reaction to populist’s defeat
Anna Kruse, a spokeswoman for the Dutch episcopal conference, said that the bishops would not issue a statement in reaction to the victory of Prime Minister Mark Rutte in the March 15 election.
Rutte’s opponent was Geert Wilders, a populist candidate who had spoken out against the “Islamization of the Netherlands.”
Kruse hinted that the bishops were pleased with the outcome: she recalled that they had urged voters not to “indulge in anger and intolerance.”
“Although it’s hard to say how much influence the Church had on the outcome, our own pre-election statements were received positively and clearly appealed to Catholics, who form a significant part of the electorate,” she added.
The nation of 17 million is 28% Catholic and 19% Protestant, with 42% professing no religion.