TWO recent surveys carried out by Dutch public opinion firms showed that 86 per cent. of practising Catholics in Holland are fully in support of their bishops. The figures varied from 90 per cent. for Cardinal Affrink, Archbishop of Utrecht, and Bishop Ernst of Breda. to 76 per cent. for Bishop Moors of Roermond. Bishop Zwartkruis of Haarlem had 83 per cent.
The polls, carried out independently, demonstrated that the bishops who are most influential in matters of renewal were the most strongly supported. The surveys are considered of great importance because of Holland's reputation for its radical movement of renewal of the Church as intended by Pope John.
Commenting on the figures, the Pastoral Institute of the Catholic Church in Holland said: "Many managing directors, governments and political parties would be very happy if they could boast of such support."